Hello! First off -NOT a photographer... I don't even kid myself about that. I'm actually schooled as a studio artist w/ an emphasis in ceramic chemistry. A few of the glazes I produce are semi-matte to matte, but most are gloss (e.g. reflective!)... and some of these are glossy and dark. The best example is the glaze below with cobalt blue crystals floating on a jet-black background: The lidded jar image above came out OK, except for that wavy reflection underneath, and I did have to do digital editing to correct the color. The next one however, is crap, IMHO: You can pretty much shave in the reflection these give off, & even career photographers say it's like taking a picture of a blank TV screen from 3 ft. away (I actually got a good laugh out of that analogy). I've tried non-diffused focused light, but since my space is limited, they leave large hot spots due to the distance their set at. I also use a large 5X5X5ft diffusing tent (smaller tents & cubes just left huge "window pane reflections"). The larger tent does a better job with the less reflective glazes, but makes the gloss pieces look like their out of focus or coated with hairspray. Diffused (Light Tent) The best past photos I've ever had done were by a pro who shot them in a HUGE warehouse studio. Having all the space we needed, super intense lighting was set way back and he shot the work from several feet away. Any reflections or hotspots were tiny and easily edited out later. I lost that guy when I moved and I'm producing much more work than I was then, so I don't really have time to wait for photography appointments every time I get pieces ready for sale. Any suggestions on lighting, diffusing, photographing, etc. would be greatly appreciated. - BTW: If interested, you can view more of my artwork HERE - ~jesse.