I am excited to report I have some new equipment that should make photographing our coasters, trivets and plaques easier. We got a new to us Olympus E-510 & a light box with 2 lights & 4 different colored backgrounds (black, white, blue, red). The light box came with a tripod but it did not work with our camera for this setting.
Dh, a hobbyist photographer set it up for me. He worked with the setting to get the photos I am showing here. We used the remote control to take the photos. We tried it with the lights outside the box to get a diffused light. Then we tried it with the lights inside the front of the box, which is how we took the photos included here.
I needed only a slight crop for each photo. I did not use any other retouching or alterations on the photos. Well, one photo was slightly skewed so I straightened it.