Still life and product photography whether it is Exeter, Devon or nationwide has a potential problem. The exposure takes a fraction of a second, the setup can take hours. If the in-camera work is good the computer-based afterwork should be minimal but sometimes a bit of pragmatism is a useful way of saving time. There’s no real reason for this series of shots other than testing a simple setup with the speedlights and the radio transmitters.

For the record the camera was tripod mounted and tethered using the basic Lightroom offering. The Yongnuo 622 transmitter mounted on the camera triggered;

  • two Yongnuo speedlights to either side (softened with tracing paper screens and sharing a channel)
  • one Nikon speedlight under the tile table (aimed at the white wall behind)
  • one Nikon speedlight above firing through a medium sized softbox

Exposure was manual and if I’m honest trial and error rather than using the Sekonic, this really was a bit of a play around session. The lights were added one at a time, if you’ll excuse the pun I wasn’t trying anything flashy here, I wanted to see how easy it was to run everything from the Yongnuo controller. As ever shooting was done in Raw, I also tried adjusting to the ‘correct’ white balance in camera as well as running from auto. but the final white balance can often end up as a subjective choice, this is why it varies (below).

The point is that within reason a workable still life, product shot or packshot can be achieved without too much fuss on location making it affordable for clients. Of course a more developed result can be achieved certainly with the Bowens studio strobe setup that I have and probably even with the speedlights, but that wasn’t the point of this test.

Finally can I can genuinely compliment Waitrose on the quality of their apples, awesome?