I have to take pictures of mirror frames for my job. Some of these are very shiny, reflective frames. I cant get the lighting to look right. Part of the frame has bright spots of light on it, the rest of the frame is dark and fuzzy. I would appreciate any help.
Is your job, being a photographer?
If you want good pictures, you need to know the job of a photographer. In this case basically controlling the illumination, the ambient reflections.
On a glossy material, you do not take the photo of the object... You take the photo of all surroundings reflected on the object. So you need to control all the surroundings.
For this use softboxes, white foamboard, black banners, etc.
But it is a matter of style and aesthetics. There is no formula. There is a chance you do NOT want to eliminate that contrast but control it.
A glossy material without this contrast looks flat.
If you are not a photographer, and your company cares about the quality of the images, hire a photographer.
The way I know is to use polarising filters AND polarised light source. You can check this discussion
A polarizer (circular or otherwise) won't help with reflections from metal -- it has no effect. It can only reduce reflections from non-metallic surfaces (such as your wood floors) Paul
Also you can try to soften a lot the light with some curtains or use huge diffuser