Fruit series set-up. You can see from this photo, I have a white and black backdrop hanging there. The black panels are just foam core board. I have foam core board in vaious colors, black, white, silver, gold... I also cut the foam core board into square and rectangles to use as a way to reflect the light. I can either clamp them or use stick um' to hold them in place. I used one soft box to the left and a spot or two to the right. I have a few of those spots that I got at the hardware store that I can clamp onto things. (As I look at this shot, the spots it's not in place for the shoot,) That little red light sitting on the table is a flourescent light. I did'nt use if for this shoot but it's a fav of mine.
I use a tripod for some shots but mostly do everything handheld. I find I have a little more control.