You don't need a $1000 camera or a whole studio set to get great pictures for a website or business card, but if you do have access to such equipment, great!
Below I will go over a few important things to look for when taking pictures and processing them.
1- Get the right lighting.The best lighting situation is the one found at a photography studio
because they are set to prevent shadows on your face and to enhance your work. If light hits the subject from too close it will wash out the colors and create reflections that will reduce the quality of your work.
The ideal setup is one where you have 2 light sources on each side of your subject (facing them at a 45 degree angle) and one light source can be in front of the subject, far enough so that is doesn't wash out your design.
Try to avoid using incandescent lamps to photograph, they have too much yellow light in them and it will change the colors of your design. I love Bright White LED lights, OTT lights are great too.
2- Choose the right backgroundKeep in mind that you are trying to promote your artwork, so all the focus should be on that. The best option is a clean background that can be easily cropped afterwards. The more contrasting with the subject the easier it will be to crop.
If you don't know how to crop the background try photographing in front of a wrinkle free white fabric, or wrinkle free white paper. A clean white wall will do too. You want to make sure though that if you are not cropping out the background then it should look clean and free of shadows.
As an option you could have a background that somehow matches your design. For example, if you painted a butterfly face, you can have the subject pose in front of a nice set of flowers or trees, etc, as long as they don't take focus from your art. I would suggest to change the settings on your camera so that the subject is the only part in focus and the background looks blurry.
3- Get the right pose
Keep in mind though, to prevent distorting the face, your camera should be set at a good distance from the subject and then you can use the zoom to approach the face until it takes up around 2/3 of the photograph area.
4 - Crop the background out
5 - Don't over do it with editing
Now get some great pictures and post them on our Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/jestpaintcom