On my wishlist is the Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 to Go 400Ws Wireless Kit as seen here: http://www.ormsdirect.co.za/elinchrom-d-lite-rx-4-to-go-400ws-wireless-kit-20822-1. But like many photographers it's not within my budget and I'm always looking for DIY ways to create similar lighting that you would get with the more expensive equipment.
Whenever I look at a tutorial the first noticeable thing is the lighting equipment. Studio lights, softboxes, light stands etc and I usually think "I don't stand a chance". Then I came across a site of a well known photographer where someone commented on his tutorial and his expensive lighting equipment.
Alex Koloskov took up the challenge and proved what many togs would agree with: it's not the equipment but the photographer that makes the shot.
In the link below, Alex provides a tutorial on using DIY lighting in a similar setup to produce a similar product image as he created here: http://www.photigy.com/learn-studio-tabletop-photography-step-by-step-a-droid-shot/
DIY Tutorial: http://www.photigy.com/professional-photography-without-professional-equipment-myth-and-reality/
It wasn't expensive equipment that produced the final image, it was Alex's way of thinking, experimentation and understanding of light. Basically free tools to help you get a better shot.
Here you will find a setup where Alex used Plexiglass to eliminate shadows. http://www.photigy.com/simple-way-to-get-a-complete-white-background-out-from-a-camera-in-studio-product-photography/