A tri pod is a definite must. But if you don't have $40 bucks to spend on one, or your only going to use it this one time, try turning on a image stab...
A little instructable on how to properly light something small, like if you have an amazing looking action figure or some food even.
Step 1: Be Prepared
Before you even think about taking the picture, make sure you have the lights in a away that you can get around them. It would be best to have three lights so you can have one on both sides to eliminate a shadow, and another one to have up high to have light on the top of your "thing" your taking a picture of.