I am trying work out the setup for photographing large (2 x 6 foot) panels of woodflooring samples. I have experience photographing 3d work, as an sculptor, but am being challenged by glare/even-lighting issues with these very-flat, glossed, panels. (CLARIFICATION: Reflection of the light sources themselves, not reflection of the camera or room is what I'm concerned about).
I had thought that the best option would be soft light but am reading that that only increases the incidence of glare. I have read that I may be best with hard lighting, setup at 45 degrees, one light on each side. This appears to be very effective for the examples I've seen of small paintings and such, but am concerned about the largeness of these panels.
I am trying to get a permanent, reasonably low-cost setup for doing this for a client of mine who needs to take sample photos regularly for a website. What would be the recommended way of ensuring that the entire panel is evenly lit with no glare -- should I mount it horizontally or vertically, will a single hard light on each side be enough or shoudl I have two on each long-side, or one on all four sides? Is constant lighting or a strobe going to be more cost/visually effective?