Shooting a patent leather Valentino with gold hardware can be challenging between managing reflections and making the hardware look beautiful. This is how we did it.
Step one: set the bag down and snap. Gross right? terrible reflections from the key light and hardware.
Step two: Lean the bag toward the camera until the reflections become less of a problem.
Step three: Pinch and prod the bow/strap details to totally eliminate the last of the key light reflections.
Step four: Fill the hardware with white reflector and VOILA! A beautiful Valentino ready to be sold.