If your work is on canvas great, but if it's on loose paper or cardboard, you’re gonna want to match to something that can hang or lean on the wall.
Choose a location with bright soft lighting. Harsh direct lighting can cast shadows, create reflections and shift the color of your artwork. A large window can make for a great light source. But an overcast day also makes for great shooting outdoors.
To get the best possible image quality out of your camera. You’re going to want to set the ISO to 100 or 200.
It's important that the camera doesn't move while the photo is being exposed. The best way to do this is to use a tripod. If you don't have one, you can use a flat level surface, when you prop up your work to be photographed. It’s important that it's parallel with the lens of the camera. If the art does need to be on a slant to stand up you’ll need to tilt your camera to match the angle.
Use a clean simple background.
Leave only a small amount of space around the edges of your canvas in the frame. This will maximize the resolution you're getting out of your camera. Position your camera horizontally or vertically to match the angle of the canvas. It's important to make sure that your flash is turned off.
Now we're ready to take a photo. It's helpful to use the self-timer to keep your camera perfectly still. This creates a delay between when you press the shutter and the image is taken. If you want the best possible quality out of your camera it's a good idea to zoom in a little. Another good idea is to set your aperture to f/8, but make sure it's on a tripod.
After taking your first image, there are a few things you’re going to look for. If your image is too dark or too bright use the exposure compensation feature in your camera to correct it. The color and exposure and your image should be as close as possible to the original artwork. Take several shots of your art, even if you think you got it right the first time.
Now, pick one or two of your best shots and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org