Large watercolour paintings can be quite tricky to photograph sometimes. The camera has to be of a very good quality, with very good lens that doesn’t distort the edges of the image, and good sensors that can catch accurately the colours of the painting, mounted on a tripod with a good light installation in order to avoid shadows or glares on our photographed image.
But even if all these exist, ( and lets say that someone invested the money to have all these equipment), cameras can never catch the texture of the paper no matter how well the painting is photographed and what the lighting conditions are.
So I ended up to the conclusion that the best way to have a perfect image of larger paintings ( from A3 size to whatever size you want) is to scan them.
The advantages are:
- You don’t have any lens distortion on your picture.
- The colours are better and more accurately detected.
- In HR images is visible the texture of the paper
But how is it possible to scan large paintings, on a A4 scanner?
Below I’ll make a step by step tutorial on how to do this together with full step by step ( with photographs and screenshots ) instructions on how to scan and assemble your scanned material in order to have a perfect and high definition and resolution image, chromatically accurate, that shows also the texture of the paper, ready to use for any purpose you might need it. ( either to show your work on your web site or sent high resolution images for joining competitions and such things).