Photo Shoot Setup – Single Flash Product Shoot

Photo Shoot Setup - Single Flash Product Shoot

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.

Single Flash Product Shoot - 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 …….

Single Flash Product Shoot

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?

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