I used a black sheet for the backgroound, the cups are clear plastic and spray painted red. The cups where actually hanging upside-down and hung with black sowing thread. My freind Sophia was the lovely hand model. I used a circular polarizer to cut down reflection. The camera was mounted on a tripod and I used a cable release and lens hood. The camera was the Olympus E-620 with a 14-54mm 2.8-3.5 lens. The light sorse was window light with a thin curtain; no other lights or reflectors where used.