Photographing 2-dimensional art

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Photographing 2-dimensional art
Nov 27, 2012

Friends often ask me to photograph their paintings. I would like to do some research on how to do it, so that I can help them out. 4 problems that occur to me (and there are probably more)

1. Lighting, of course: I have no external flash set-up, but would consider a simple set-up

2. Squaring up edges so the print won't look distorted

3. Color correction

4. Background color. One friends wants all the prints to have black, for instance. Do I crop to the edge of the print and then place it on a black background? Do I create a border with black? Etc???

(5. I'm not currently considering photographing 3-dimensional art because of the learning curve for lighting, but that would come down the road if I learn to photograph 2-dimensional art)

So if any of you have suggestions or can direct me to reference material I would be grateful.

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