How to photograph a painting or two-dimensional artwork

Photographing prints and paintings for documentation or reproduction need not be difficult.

Here we present two different methods to get you started in better understanding the techniques for photographing a painting or two-dimensional artwork.



This video demonstrates taking the best possible photos of an artwork, using only natural lighting as well as some basic camera techniques.



This demonstration uses a basic pair of lights to ensure the lighting is even and the colors accurate. It is very useful in demonstrating how to properly light a two dimensional work using 45 degree lighting along with some simple and valuable camera advice.