Is this useful to anyone?
I found your article very useful. I've been shooting my models with three floods w/diffusers, a Nikon D80 with macro lens, tripod, and remote shutter cable. Your approach is intriguing. When I have a few extra dollars I may invest in the Strobe light kit you identified and give that approach a try.
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