Copy Setup for Photographing Art Works

These two illustrations should be fairly self-explanatory. The camera should be perpendicular to, and aligned with the centre of the art work. The lights should be identical and set at exact 45° angles to the camera axis and the art work. This will kill all reflections of the lights, while still maintaining some secular reflections, if there is texture to the paint.

The bottom illustration shows a typical studio setup (though few shooters would go so far as to paint degree markings on their floors. Gaffer tape is much more practical.

A copy stand works much the same way for smaller works, except it is a vertical rather than the above horizontal setup.

If an absolutely flat rendition is needed, polarizing filters can be put on the lights at a 90° angle to a polarizing filter on the camera. This, however, can subdue the sparkle of light on oil painting's texture and over-saturate colours. It is a good tool, but must be used with discretion.