The picture above by Captain Ordo uses a clever technique to create the starry backdrop without using expensive software or fancy digital tricks. As you can see here on the good Captain's Flickr stream, the backdrop is simply a laptop screen showing the stars. This technique has also been used by others such as Shobrick in their presentations. The top down lighting is a flashlight shining through a hole at the top of the set. A fantastic example of how presentation can be enhanced through techniques that are readily available to most.
Approaches with lighting and presentation are exactly the thing we will be looking for in our monthly design challenges, which start in just a few days (the first challenge starts December 15th). Join us on Flickr and take part in the contest.