I'm getting a little frustrated trying to photograph textured objects. In real life these two pieces look pretty clean and interesting with all the raised pattern, but for some reason the camera doesn't pick up that aspect and rather exaggerates the roughness and makes the work look rather sloppy. I think the macro feature acts as a magnifier and picks up every little nuance.
I put extra time into making sure a piece has a professional finish and so it bothers me a bit.
I understand that handmade is not going to have the 'perfection' of machined edges, but that certainly is not what I'm aiming for. But I would like an accurate representation of the actual work in my photos, especially since in an online store those photos are the only information a buyer has. So if anyone has any tips on this issue, I'd love to hear them. I do diffuse my light to keep shadows to a minimum and I have photo programs to minutely adjust different aspects, but so far nothing seems to work.
Having said that, I do like this pattern. I think that unusual patterns are interesting and I love the tactile feel of the piece. If I could just get the photographs to relay that then I'd be a happy camper :)