Home photography ideas: Shoot product photography with a single strobe

How to shoot product photography with single strobe lighting
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Product photography is a great genre to practice while we're all shooting from home, but it's a deceptively complex genre. In order to create the kind of professional level that you would see in magazines and adverts, lighting must be tightly controlled. 

In many cases product photography professionals employ a multi-light setup. However, where space is limited or when working on a limited budget, a single strobe can suffice. In fact, in some cases a single light can be desirable to create a strong directional look, where using a second strobe would introduce too much light to the scene and add unnecessary complication to the photographer’s workflow. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

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