Getting Texture out of Hand Scraped Wood

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  1. coopzilla

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    Hey guys, I'm shooting in a makeshift Studio with a Canon EOS 5D, and I need to know if anyone has some tips for bringing out the texture in hand scraped wood. I have some lights and a soft box, but what would you guys suggest?

    Basically, the wood has a shiny, finished surface with contours on it, to be specific. Attached is a photo of what I'm trying to do, but failing at.

    Thanks,
    Evan

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    For surface texture, you want low angle light as hard as you can stand it, with a bit of high angle light for fill. Grab a couple clamp lights, put a 100W bulb in one and a 20W or less in the other, and play with it until you find your angles.
     
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    Is this what you are somewhat looking for?

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    Yes, texture can be emphasized by using light that crosses the texture. And also, a harder light would also help.

    So ditch the softbox and use bare lights. Put the main light to the side of the subject/object and see what you get.

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    If you are trying to see the grain in the wood of a finished piece...then my advice above may not be idea. oops.
     
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