It occurs to me that I put up that whole grid tutorial and never posted how I shot it. Well today, the mystery comes out. For small product photography like this you generally want a seamless backdrop, which is usually paper, and very diffuse, even lighting. This series I did using a roll of Epson enhanced matte, don’t buy that, (mine was a defective roll I got from work a long time ago) just get some bullentin board paper from the party store.
First hang your paper from either a stand or cut a peice out and tape it up to a near by wall and drape it gently down to a table. You want the curve to be present, no corner. You may want to tape it to the table once in place.
For lighting, I prefer to have two lights in large umbrellas placed above and to both sides of the paper, as close as you can get ‘em.
Set them around 1/4 power to start and lower as you need to. There will be a lot of light if this is done correctly, so you won’t have to use a low aperture. Infact, for great detail, you may want to try and use f/8 if possible.
For consistency and ease of use, I mounted my camera on a tripod and was using a release cable. The cable is great because I can be moving things and shooting without having to step behind the camera everytime.
If you are going to have your hands in the shot, use the self timer.
Play with this, it is a fun way to do pictures of product shots and is great for doing stock photos as well.