Hello, what would you recommend to take pictures of business cards. I have a printing company and I would like to take some pictures of the best jobs we print. What config do you think will work for us?
Keep en mind that some cards have glossy finish, matte finish, or metallic inks. And we would like to show that on the picture.
Prop your business card at a slight angle inside the box. Place your only light over the top of the box, about a foot away from the top panel. Using a long focal length lens, set your camera on a tripod with the appropriate white balance and exposure.
If you want to show a metallic finish, or a spot varnish, use a white card held on the side (either) to create a bright, but not specular highlight on the reflective surface of the card. You will need to look through the camera, and move the reflector around until you find the right place to reflect the light onto the card at the right angle to be visible from the camera's point of view.
Using a card that is two or three times the size of your subject will make this placement easier. Using a long focal length lens will give you a narrower angle of view that will help keep the reflector card out of the line of sight of your camera (and out of the image). Good luck.