If you're a Canon shooter, the DPP software is simple to get used to. Shoot RAW and then reduce the shadows in DPP. This technique will be even more effective if you underexpose a bit more.
In general, I think the composition and lighting require more thought. Also, don't crop off the lid and show me more of the lighter's guts. If you think you're going to miss the shot, you can make your life a bit easier by closing the aperture down further and slowing the shutter. You'll need a tripod.