After reading a discussion in the Strobist group, I was inspired to duplicate a shot I saw in a video by Peter Belanger.


However, instead of using a few monoblocs I decided to see what I could do with one speedlight and a bunch of reflectors.


This was lit from behind with one Nikon SB-800 in a Lastolite Ezybox at about a 45 degree angle to the phones. That light was triggered with the pop-up flash via CLS. Then I placed white reflectors on both sides of the phones and one big one directly in front of the phones and below the lens.


I added the blue, vignetted background in post.


For more info and a setup photo, please checkout the blog post!

  • weareintheplace PRO 4y

    Great shot and such a coincidence that I was only watching that video earlier!
  • John Adkins PRO 4y

    Thanks! I sure would like to have a few of those strobes he was using in that video. ;)

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  • CrazieCatLady PRO 4y

    Very nice. Thanks for the details.

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  • Ashley Border PRO 4y

    John - I remember seeing that video a while back. Funny how it starts with an empty room and then ends up looking like s neuro-surgeon's operating theatre. Fantastic result given such a simple set-up.
  • G-daddyArt PRO 4y

    cool. where can i get the compass app? LOL
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  • Hasse Linden PRO 4y

    Looks great. Good work!
  • KC Photography PRO 4y

    Thanks for sharing, great shot too.
  • macton 4y

    nice photo. would like to see the setup.
  • khoa vu PRO 4y

    fantastic rerult, thanx for sharring this.
  • Josh Eskridge PRO 4y

    Great product shot! I need to experiment more with this type of lighting.
  • Eduardo Frances 4y

    You did a fantastic job John :)!!!
  • Debbi Smirnoff 4y

    Peters work is one of my favorites. Where is your setup shot? Peter gave you his
  • Red Minx 4y

    BEAUTIFUL photo!! wow. LOVE IT!!
  • Chet Baker 4y

    Great product capture, John!
  • John Adkins PRO 4y

    Thanks everyone for the comments and favs! For those asking, I did a short blog post on how I shot this and included the setup photo. (see the link in the description) :)

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  • Ian Hay PRO 4y

    Fantastic execution, as usual, John. Very cool.
  • John Adkins PRO 4y

    Thanks Ian! Much appreciated.

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  • Dina Blaszczak 4y

    Very good quality of light here, love that blue background!
  • David Kittos PRO 3y

    Excellent work John ;) left a comment on your blog too.
  • John Adkins PRO 3y

    Thanks David! I replied on the blog too! :)
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