I wonder if some of you might be willing to share some tips on the best way to photograph a piece to demonstrate the impression. I find that if I have the subject lit from the side, under a somewhat diffuse light, that the impression shows fairly well. However, the rest of the image is dark when photographed in this manner. I can’t seem to find a good balance between showing both the impression and the overall image. Any tips are greatly appreciated.
I did a little experimenting on the weekend and found if they were vertical (Or just about) rather than laying flat, with a bright sun above but slightly behind the artwork (ie not at noon mayb 10am or 2pm) otherwise, if you’re not from such a sunny place strong lighting slightly behind vertical artwork could work too.
I wait for a sunny day and shoot my cards next my southeast-facing window. You want the card to be nearly parallel to the direction the light is coming from, this gives the greatest amount of emphasis on the texture and impression. I use something small like a votive candle holder to prop the card up.
I’ve also found that extreme close-ups, and dramatic angles cropping out much of the card, while perhaps counter-intuitive, are the best way show off the texture.