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To take the best photograph of your invention prototype, eliminate background clutter from your photograph with a backdrop. An easy backdrop to use would be a plain, solid, neutral-colored sheet or tablecloth.
For best results set up your invention some distance (at least a foot) from the backdrop and make sure the backdrop doesn't block the light source. Your backdrop should complement or contrast with your subject.
More adventurous photographers may try photographing the invention in its natural environment or while it is in use. Even if you try one of these options, do a quick check of the background to ensure the proper setup for photographing your invention model or prototype.