I found out the hard way after photographing a ton of work that the colors in the mahogany table really mess with the color balance in my camera (a canon photoshot elph point and shoot) so I cover part of it with a plain old piece of foam core I found in my closet:
Next, the subject:
As soon as I get a close up shot, the setting works rather well:
I could use any inexpensive photo editing software at this point, since really all I do is crop and dicky around with the contrast, but I use photoshop since I'm comfortable with it and have been using it for years. After tweaking, here's the finished product:
You can check out all the photos I used in the etsy listing!