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Stanley Kubric, I feel your pain! Answered

I have discovered that it is a major pain dans la derriere to take a decent photograph of an object that is, really, a near-featureless shiny black box.

The best I've come up with so far us to stand a candle inside.  My camera is auto focusing, and it keeps locking on to the reflections in the shiny surface - I want to take photos of the object,  not of me or the room around me.

Any suggestions?


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to stop your reflection you could cut a hole the size of your lens in a piece of card (coloured to match) then you will only see that colour if you are taking a front on shot....

To focus your camera on a reflective surface, first set it up your shot with a tripod. Hold a matte surface(such as a piece of paper) in front of your subject, touching it. Press the shutter button half way to focus on the matte surface. Keep holding the shutter button half way while you remove the matte surface from the shot. As long as you hold down half way, your camera should stay focused on the same distance. Finally, press the shutter button the rest of the way to take your focused shot.

Ah, do that stops the reflections being in focus, thanks.

Diffused lighting from top and sides. Stand behind a curtain.