High quality digital reproductions are important for the working artist. Whether it is to create a vital source of passive income through print sales, to show your work in exhibition catalogues or other print media or simply to promote your work on the web, capturing a high quality digital file should be an essential part of your working process.
I generally use high resolution photography to create a digital copy of a work. Scanners use a fluorescent light source aimed directly at the work, which can result in unsightly reflections off glossy surfaces and even colour shifts. Photography allows me to tailor the lighting set-up to the individual work based on the media employed by the artist to accurately capture the colour and texture of the original piece. More importantly, photography is the safer option with regards to protecting the work itself as most scanners will come into contact with the surface during capture.