Photographing oil painting is very difficult. Oil painting are created with many different brush strokes in many different directions so light bounces off of the paint strokes in all directions. The thicker the paint the worst the various reflections will be and if it is glazed it will reflex the light source.

Sunlight greatly simplifies the photographing process. Strong sunlight will reduce the light bouncing back from different layers of oil paint resulting in shiny and dark areas of the painting in the photo.

1. Wait until the painting dries, this will help reduce the reflections.

2. Go outside on an overcast day.

3.  Lay the painting down flat on ground. Use a dark color cloth behind the painting to reduce color interference and light changes. Also make sure that your shadow is not on the painting as you stand over it.

4. Get as little angle distortion as possible. You may need to experiment with position. Use a tripod if needed to reduce the camera movement.

5. Take several shots until you are happy with the results. You will be surprised how well this method works versus trying to take photo inside using special lighting conditions.

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