I am attempting to take pictures of antique pocket watches, when I use my flash, even with a diffuser or farther away, I get glare from the curved elements within the watch. Are there any sites with tips and tricks to try to avoid this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you please post an example image to make it easier to diagnose the problem you are having with the lighting? \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Grum
    Commented Sep 24, 2010 at 13:14

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For macro of reflecting things you need a as big as possible lightsource.
Best would be a macro tent, but you can improvise with a few pieces of paper and light sources. Just cut one piece of paper in half, form a ring from the two pieces, put them on some other papers and put light sources outside the paper:

Cheap light tent

If the stuff is really reflective, put another piece of paper on top and leave just a small opening to take the photo through:

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(My own pictures, taken from my own blog entry about macro tents)

[Update] Strobist just posted a nice explanation for a small macro tent, too.


Have you tried a polarising filter? They reduce glare and reflections generally, so it might well help in your case.


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