I enjoy the color wash look of it! 'n the overall design is gorgeous.. As for photographing it, might try taking it outside in some shade.. natural light will probably show it off the best
'n in the shade wont be too much light..
As for rough edges, there are a few things you can do.. I've heard of people using a Dremel tool around the edges to smooth them up, 'n then sand paper for the tight spots, I've personally not done this yet, but I'm sure as I play around with my misc leather projects I'll eventually need to, lol. What I personally do is use the Gum Tragacanth ( [link]
) and the edge slicker ( [link]
) 'n possibly get a pretty flat bone creaser ( [link]
) for the tight areas (Something smooth edged to get in the tight spots with, I actually use a smooth spot on my cheap plastic ruler, lol)
I'm sure for the absolute best results, if you've got a very rough cut is to use sand paper/dremel tool then follow it up with the tragacanth, which gives a very smooth finish.. You apply the tragacanth before you stain the leather, 'n it shouldn't affect the stain any when you dye it.. It hasn't yet affected anything I've used it on, 'n I've done several belts with different shades of stain..
Hopefully something there helps!
'n hopefully I haven't doubled up on something someone else has already told you