Shooting your artwork is a daunting task and best left to a professional if you want to achieve high quality archival pigment prints. Resolution and image size are limited if you use a smartphone but if your budget is tight and you are going to shoot your own work, then here are a few tips.
- Shoot your work outdoors on an overcast day.
- Use an easle and ensure that your artwork is at 90 degrees, not leaning forward or backward. I use a small level on the surface of the artwork to be sure it’s flat and not leaning forward or backward into the third dimension.
- Use a tripod to hold your smartphone. Your phone should be parallel to the artwork, not leaning forward or backward. This is very important to avoid image distortion.
- Fill the lens space with your artwork and shoot.
- Clean crop the edges of the captured image and adjust the exposure if necessary.
- TaDaaaa You have a digital image to make prints from.