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.