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 So once upon a time I scanned a small painting with a garden variety (and out-of-date) Epson printer/scanner and it came out looking fantastic.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.
A professional digital flatbed scanner is beyond my price range. 'Nuff said. So, do I take my paintings to the scan shop? Settle for pretty good scans on my all-in-one? Or just maybe ... I've read that dedicated scanners, even the less expensive ones, render much juicier scans than the all-in-ones do. And there are good reviews of the Canon LiDE 220. But should I go for it? Will it really be better than the scanner I've already got? And for that matter, where in the world will I put it!!?
Do you have any experience with scanning your oil paintings for the web? What choices have you made and how do you like the results? Please leave a comment and let us know!