With still life photography we have many options, generally with a choice of lighting, electronic flash or artificial lighting, if we take into account the color temperature of the lighting. We can use slow shutter speeds with a tripod to give more flexibility.
In order to get an effective diffused light on the subject with little or no shadows a light tent can prove to be excellent. A light tent effectively diffuses all the direct light to produce very even lighting on the subject. A light tent with two or three fluorescent lights placed strategically around the light tent can produce very effective results for photographing ornaments or for product photography. With a light tent set up, shadows can virtually be eliminated.
Most professional still life photographers will use studio type setups. with fixed multiple lights, using tungsten or electronic flash lights.
Rag doll with tungsten lighting
Ornament using direct lighting with fill flash
Suitable backdrop can be used to reduce
background clutter taken using tungsten lighting.