How to Photograph Artwork
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The following tutorial is a relatively quick and simple how-to for photographing 2-D artwork such as paintings, textiles, glass-covered images, reproducing newsprint, and more. I will also cover how to correct and post process the photographed artwork.
I have found the easiest and most controllable way to photograph artwork is to use strobes or off-camera flash. If you are unfamiliar with off-camera lighting in general, I highly recommend you spend (a lot) of time reading and exploring http://www.strobist.com.
Let’s go over some basic gear needed to shoot artwork:
A good lens, with no distortion or vignetting (see lens reviews at Photozone). Macro lenses are an obvious choice.
Strobes or off-camera flashes, preferable with a PC-Synch port.
Flash transmitters or receivers such as optical slaves, Cactus V2s, Pocket Wizards, or Nikon’s CLS system. You can also use flash cords.
Light stands that can go to the full height of the work you are photographing.
Tripod to keep your camera steady, and to help keep the camera square to the artwork.
Grey card (not essential, but will simplify the entire process).
Camera! (Digital is preferred, so you can preview your work.)