Thought I’d do a simple demo on how you can use a single flash to shoot products. Relying on a single flash is very limiting and the outcome is often not as good as using multiple flash setup, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take good photos with a single flash setup.
This was my setup.
Canon EOS 60D with EF 50mm f/1.8 II, pop-up triggering a Canon 430EX II speedlight placed 1-feet away from subject, with head tilted at 45 degree and fired at 1/4.
Camera setting is at 1/250 | ISO100 | f/8 | 5500 Kelvin WB
Subject placed on black cloth, with a styrofoam board just about 4 inches behind the subject.
And the result is …….
Image was taken in JPG. This image was direct from camera (meaning no alteration to colors nor brightness – only watermarked and resized).
The photo shoot session was about 10 minutes.
Most camera models today are capable of off-camera flash setup. If your system doesn’t have such feature, you could buy a trigger from brands like Phottix for example.
I hope this gives you an idea how a single flash could still be used to light up subjects, as in this case, I used a styrofoam piece as a reflector. You can use anything for a reflector – white T-shirt, towel, blanket, bed sheets, a huge piece of paper, etc.
Would you like to have more “single flash” photography examples?