I'm an idiot ... I've had this problem for a couple weeks now, and totally didn't think to post in this forum. I'm a systems/software/etc. guy. One of my clients does HVAC sheet metal fabrication. As such, we need to take photos of their fittings, which can be galvanized, galvanneal, or stainless. for the website, we need to take photos of the ductwork and fittings. due to the nature of the material of the subject, any flash has horrid effects on the shot quality, so I picked up a couple clamp lamps with a few different wattage bulbs, lighting the fittings indirectly off the white walls of my office, with a black backdrop behind the fittings. the improvement over the digi cam's flash was about a million percent ... but still not good enough, not without a ton of time-expensive photoshopping. can anyone offer some tips or guidance? thanks in advbance.