The quickest way to photograph your artwork is to use a smart phone. Shoot your photo in sun light that is soft and diffused. Edit the photo for brightness, color, and cropping in your smart phone. For a more professional method, take this course.
1. Light your artwork evenly.
Shoot outdoors in sun light that is soft and diffused for even lighting. The average indoor light bulb is not bright enough. The photo on the bottom right has uneven lighting because the lower part of the drawing is too bright compared to the top.
2. Crop neatly.
Have clean edges in your photo, you can do this in your phone. The photo on the bottom left has messy edges.
3. Crop borders.
On the bottom left, the white border takes up too much space and makes it hard to see the image clearly.
4. Shoot photos that are in focus.
Zoom in to confirm the photos is in focus. The photo on the bottom left is out of focus and consequently looks blurry.
5. Check the brightness.
Does the brightness in the photo match the artwork? If the artwork is poorly lit, the photo will be too dark.
4. Avoid glare.
Artwork with a shiny surface is prone to glare in a photo. Shoot your photo outdoors on an overcast day, when the light is diffused.