Small shiny or reflective objects present challenges to the photographer—especially when the point is to present the object in the best light for a potential sale. Here’s how to get it right:

• An inverted white translucent plastic bowl with a lens port cut into the side makes an economical close-up light tent to minimize stray reflections.
• Use a close-up or macro lens for maximum detail.
• A single off-camera strobe can be used to give directional lighting with soft, discreet shadows.
• Lighting from both sides gives illumination without shadows.

Adapted from Closeup Shooting: A guide to Close-up Tabletop and Macro Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher,Rocky Nook, 2007, $25.