|f/5, exp 1/250, exp bias + .3, ISO 200, Center Weight Average Metering|
My first thought was to take photos outside with a red backdrop. I thought this sorority paddle compliments well with the background as one of the sorority's colors was red. However, the image is really cloudy.
|f/5, exp 1/160, ISO 200, Center Weight Average Metering|
I changed a few settings and noticed how it affected the look of the wood. I think I like the look of the wood in the first red picture better. Yet the photos still are amateurish. The problem turns out that my lens was cloudy because I was working outside. Glad I can make these mistakes so you won't. Nevertheless, I do like the red.
|f/5, exp 1 sec, ISO 100, Pattern Metering|
I decided the cloudy pictures were not working for me, so I moved back inside the house. I did set the light box beside a window to let it serve as a filter for the light. I think this worked better. This time I made sure the lens was not cloudy and I changed the background to a black poster board.
|f/3.2, exp 1/2 sec, ISO 100, Center Weight Average|
Try as I might, I couldn't get the black poster board to be black without making the paddle be very dark. However, I do like these on the black poster board.
|f/3.5, exp 1/10, ISO 100, Center Weight Average Metering|
For comparison purposes, I put the paddle in front of a white background. With these settings, I do not like this option at all. I would definitely pick the red or black. So I played with a few more camera settings. By switching from Center Weight Average metering to Spot Focus metering, the whole effect changed.