Are you looking to get into product photography but find yourself holding back because you don't have a studio or multiple lights? You probably don't need as much as you think you need; you can create some amazing work with just one light.
Don't get caught up in GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), thinking you need a lot of gear and studio lights, several different props, and a full studio and more just to create a product shot. With some planning, you can use just one light, and Skyler Burt from We Eat Together shows off how he does just that. The subject for this product shoot is a nice, new bottle of bourbon, but the same techniques can be applied to other products.
While Burt does have some nice props to build his rustic set, you don't need those to get started. Since there is only one light, multiple shots have to be taken and merged later in post-production. If you don't already have one, a 5-in-1 reflector can come in handy, which can be used as the diffuser to help build the gradient. The gold side of the reflector can also be used if you don't have some golden paper to use. If you are not sure how to merge all your shots together once you are done, Burt does go over the basics and shows you how he puts them together.
Have you used this method before for product photography? If so, do you have any tips to share?