For years I've been making do with a 75 watt flood bulb, a window cill and my landlord's yard. I figured maybe it was time to invest in some real lighting gear. Turns out, I figured right!! Here's an old product shot, made with the flood bulb: Gets the job done, but there is certainly room for improvement. I chose an Arri 150 Fresnel light for its rugged construction and small lens. (When working in tight quarters and trying to cut down on reflections, the smaller, the better...) Even without any modifiers, the light is a nice improvement. On the right, it looks similar to the old flood bulb, but with a smaller reflection. Just focusing the light to the "spot" setting (as seen on the left) yields a significant change. Add a snoot and things get really exciting! I'm also using my arm to help shade the background even more. I think my shallow-focus phase is over and I'm going to start overdoing dramatic dark backgrounds for a while! I like the NEX-7 for this kind of stuff. The wafer-thin body is not so great for a long macro lens on a tripod, but the full-time live view is certainly a joy to work with.