After glancing around the internets for others who are photographing their figures, I think my lighting system needs some tweaking. As well as perhaps my process. Currently the area I shoot the pictures is pretty basic, just 3 lamps and a back drop. And I felt this worked well enough until I started to notice everyone elses pictures. Mine always had shiny highlights while everyone elses tends to have more diffuse lighting creating a nicer more even photo.
What I’m thinking I’ll try doing is putting paper over the lights, perhaps the kind one uses for cooking. It looks thin enough to allow much of the light to pass through while diffusing it as well. I feel like I’m creating a fire hazzard just by thinking about this, but I don’t think my lamps get that hot, especially with the CFL bulbs.
Lastly I need to stop with my overly contrasty pictures. I’ve always had this urge to make photos more contrasty, make the whites whiter an the blacks blacker. But this tends to increase my issue with the highlights which has been creating poor results I feel.