Photographing Quilts

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jim
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Photographing Quilts

I've been photographing quilts for several years and I have never really solved this problem. Intellectually, it doesn't seem like there is a solution.

The nature of quilts is they have relief. If you use front lighting only you get flat quilts that pretty much only show the design of the top. If there's good contrast between the pattern and the thread colors you may see the quilting thread, but not the relief.

To get the relief you have to have side light. But, most quilts are large and the sidelight decay from edge-to-edge is fairly great. That is, the edge close to the sidelight is bright and the edge away from the lights is dark. It seems like this is a law of physics and cannot be overcome, but I thought I would post this problem here and see if anyone has any ideas.

Here's a setup that attempts to bring out the relief but exhibits the decay.

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