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  1. I am recording instructional guitar videos, and I am using a Canon Vixia HG-20. I have my room set up with a black backdrop, and my plan is to get 2 lights and set them each at 45 degree angle from where I am sitting. The focus needs to be on myself and my guitar at all times. With the exposure and focus set right, I am hoping my black backdrop will sort of disappear and just be a black blur. That makes the subject stand out more, and there are nothing distracting for the viewer.

    My question is, what kind of lights should I use for this? Softboxes? Lights that allow for adjustment of focus like Lowel Pro Lights, or perhaps some kind of fluorescent lights? This is my first time buying lights for camera work.

    I'll mention what I'm thinking so far. This - http://cgi.ebay.ca/800W-PHOTO-VIDEO-2-SOFTBOX-LIGHT-KIT-And-8-CFL-BULBS_W0QQitemZ36022...item53ded8625b which is Two Sets of Four Head Continuous Light, Softbox, Tripod Stand
    With 8x23w Philips CFL Bulbs (800W eqv) - hoping that will do what I need?

    The room I am using has no natural light at all. All I have for lighting right now is a standard fluorescent light fixture mounted in the ceiling. The subject (me) won't move around either - just sitting on a chair doing guitar instruction.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
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    The softbox makes a good fill light. You should use the 3 point lighting technique adding a stronger key and a backlight above and behind.

    http://zimmer.csufresno.edu/~candace/design1.htm
    http://www.bbctraining.com/tott3pointlighting.asp
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  3. Thanks, edDV. Those softboxes I found on eBay, do they seem decent for my purposes then? $240 CDN and free shipping seems like a good deal.
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    You could use a second sof tbox as a key light but it would need to be closer or higher intensity (twice the bulb wattage). You don't want flat lighting. As described in the links above, one side needs a stronger key light. Then you will also need a backlight mounted above and behind.
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