Hello, I'm attempting to photograph a few black wooden sculptures that are roughly 42" tall. Here's a little about me and my equipment...errr...if you wanna call it that: -I know very, very little about photography but am crafty otherwise and willing to improvise as needed -using a Sony CD Mavica 3.2 Mega Pixel camera w/ 3x optical zoom -nice tripod -a few white sheets, drop cloths & lighter colored sheets (as a backdrop & on sides) -a small shop w/ a little natural light (south & east) -3 auto shades (trying to reflect sunlight coming through shop window) -2 500 watt halogen shop lights -4 25 watt fluorescent lights Armed with that, I have had gotten good results (well, good enough for my needs:er photographing everything but the black objects. I can get decent results shining the halogens on the black objects but the color isn't true (turns out more brown than black). Otherwise, the objects are way too dark and don't show much detail. I have tried taking the photos outside on bright sunny days and overcast days with no luck. I'm sure spending a heap of money could get me better results but I'm a cheap ba$tard and actually enjoy a challenge of "making do". Any pointers?