So far, the best digital images of my paintings have been from a professional scanning shop downtown. They're beautiful, crisp and delicious. However, it's a schlep to go all the way there, leave the paintings for a few days, and then make another schlep to pick 'em up. It really cuts into painting time. Not to mention my wallet. So what to do?
Photograph them myself? Well, to be brief, I've tried. I've got a good DSLR camera and 50mm lens. And a BIG learning curve. Upshot? Awful. Next!
Okay. So once upon a time I scanned a small painting with a garden variety (and out-of-date) Epson printer/scanner and it came out looking fantastic. But the inevitable happened and the time came for a new printer. (And a new computer and a new this and a new that. Sigh.) I love my present Canon Pixma MG5320 all-in-one, and the scans are actually pretty good, but they just don't sing like the old Epson did.