Photographing metallic paint
Accurately photographing the texture of two-dimensional artwork with metallic surfaces, such as gold paint or gold leaf, is a constant thorn in photographers’ sides, even for professional museum photographers. These surfaces tend to look flat and monochromatic on film. The paint looks more like a dull, light brown than a lively metallic sheen. The solution is simple but does require a bit of creativity and some careful adjustment to the process you’ve learned.
First, get another halogen lamp. If you’re using two lamps for your standard setup, buy a third. If you’re using four lamps, buy a fifth. If possible, buy a lamp of lesser strength than the ones you’re already using.
Set up your workstation and lamps as you ...