Ok...I don't know if this is a lesson learned or forgotten and then re-learned, but I know a lot of my fellow artists need to take great photos of their work and I want to share a tip I discovered while taking photographs a couple of weeks ago.
I often have pictures/drawings that are pretty monochromatic - like the drawing of James on the black board. On the left is a photo I took of that drawing by itself.
And then on the right there is a photo I took with another picture next to it - a picture on a white background.
The colors and depth in James' drawing really improved because the camera was reading a broader value range.
I Incorporated this discovery into taking the picture of the pastel portrait - setting a piece of black and a piece of white mat board next to the drawing - and the value range of the portrait was much better.
I like to take my photos in bright but indirect sunlight - you can see my son lining up his art with mine to take pictures (he works right next to me in the studio...so of course his work needs to be photographed, too!)http://krystyna81.blogspot.com/2008/08/artistrya-hereditary-talent_04.html
I hope this helps for anyone taking pictures of 2D art...try to give your camera a full range of value to read, and your pictures will improve!