Tip of the Day: Something Shiny

• 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.

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.