Size, Colour, Clariy
Art work is someone else's actual creation and depicting it isn't quite so cut and dried. A recent assignment for an artist who uses colour very intensely caused me to consider quite heavily just how these images would print out and while there are some issues that will always come up when taking the photo to print certain problems can be avoided for the client if the photographer keeps in mind a few points:
When using natural lighting it's best to work with even, diffused lighting. In bright sunshine I will find a shaded area with a lot of ambient light and with overcast skies I will attempt to take the photo in the brightest possible light and expose the image with the bright colours in mind...this was the case as the artist had an exhibition to quickly prepare for and we couldn't do much about the weather.
It's very helpful if the client can mount the canvass in as vertical a position as possible and preferably without glass. Fortunately Shirley's husband was able to assist in keeping the large canvasses upright. It's important to have things as straight and level as possible because the camera has a tendency to mess with the corners of an art work at the best of times.
Besides getting the frame filled with a clear, colourful and detailed representation of the art my final goal as a photographer is to have the photograph 'print ready' from just about any photo lab without any cropping or fussing with image ratios.