A friend asked me what is the difference between scanning and photographing watercolours when I said I usually photographed my paintings. I do not know exactly what the technical answer should be, but here are a couple of examples of why I do just that.
If I scan the paintings, I often find that the scan does not adequately represent the colour variation in some of the washes, especially in the skies or high toned areas. I do not fully understand why this should be so but have assumed that it is something to do with the ability of the scanner to recognise as many colours / tones. Don't quote me however! If you have a better explanation I would love to hear it.
After explaining this it has struck me that the original photo image is quite large compared to the original scan image, could this be the reason why........? I will try to find some time to experiment with scanning at different sizes and see if I can improve upon the images. If I can it will be so much easier. Even tho I use a tripod to photograph paintings, I still have issues with focus, mmmm.... must see what I can do. Thanks for the question Nancy.
I will report back if I have anything significant to discuss.