I have a collection of hundreds of watercolour paintings by my father that I plan to put into a coffee table book for all my family. At least half of them are framed already.
I've been reading up on photographing framed artwork, but I've got a few questions - and would certainly appreciate any other advice you have.
I have access to a large dark space, so I can minimize ambient light, which would show reflections of my equipment.
I have two lights with old aluminum 12" bell-like reflectors, which I'll angle at greater than 45 degrees from axis, and that I hope will cast mostly directional light, so they won't light up my equipment directly (I'll add barn doors / baffles if I have to).
But of course, the artwork itself will definitely light up the gear. I'll suspend a black sheet with a hole for my lens to poke through, but I suspect I'll still see the reflection.
I'll use a shutter release, so's'n I don't see my own ugly mug in the pic.
Is there any better way of ensuring my gear isn't reflected in the image?
Are two lights sufficient? I want to have them properly lit, and I know the more lights you have, the more even the lighting is. (I've spent too many hours in Photoshop trying to eliminate the parabolae of uneven light on pictures.
What types of bulbs? I guess they have to be the same if I only have two. But are there particular bulbs I should get?
How can I be sure they are all correctly white-balanced? Do I take 2 pictures of every piece, one with a colour card?
I haven't figured out how RAW format would make my job easier, especially considering the extra step it takes. I suppose though, at least I can control the lossy compression, rather than relying on the camera's settings.
More questions to follow.
Thanks in advance for you help.