Product lighting setup for everyone

Impressive product photography using a minimum lighting setup.
As you can see in the lighting diagram, all you need is a flashlight for this lighting setup
This is a clever lighting method for product photography that doesn’t require much lighting equipment. A flashlight and a tripod. So it doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer or a complete beginner, everyone can try this fantastic lighting setup. Use a 20-30 seconds shutter and then use the flashlight to paint the light on your object. Magnus Svensson definitely  masters this lighting technique as you can see above.

Studio lighting setup for product photography

Iced mocha photo with this lighting setup
Another photo with the same setup. The image gets darker since the coffee beans prevent the glossy board from reflecting light.
The lighting diagram for this setup

This is a simple yet very useful lighting setup with only two hot shoe flashes (canon 580 ex speedlite), two homemade light modifiers and a dark glossy board.

I use one honeycomb snoot on the backdrop to get more control of the light. That flash i placed under the board. I use one homemade horizontal strip softbox as a main light. That flash is mounted on my camera.

For this session I wanted a dark exclusive look n feel that harmonizes with the delicious dark coffee tones, so I used a brown backdrop and a black glossy board to put the cups on. Even though the board is dark, it will still reflect plenty of light from the background

Low budget lighting setup

First time I used this lighting setup was on an assignment when I shot some food and drinks for a restaurant i Stockholm and needed to keep the budget down.

I have reused this lighting setup many times. These specific photos is from a session when I shot some stock images for istock. Check out that lightbox.

It’s difficult to give a good ratio between the two strobes, since I have used this lighting setup on many different colored backdrops. My advice is simply to try what’s best for your specific session.

Good luck with the shooting!