Balance Lens Cap

Balance Lens Cap
How to Take Digital Photos of Artwork?

I have an E-Volt 510 Digital Camera. I want to take pictures of approx 10″X18″ watercolors and pen and ink drawings on paper. I have a gray board and a White Balance Lens cap. I also have a tripod. I was told that in order to achieve the best results in terms of color accuracy and exposure it is best to take the pictures using the Manual setting. Can you explain to me in simple steps who to take these pictures assuming I am using natural light (outdoors)? My goal is to upload these pictures to the Internet with accurate and vivid colors including the white color of the paper. Thanks.

Take the images in the early morning,or mid to late afternoon. This will prevent the harsh, overpowering mid-day sun and allow you to set the images vertically. This will allow you to open your aperture as wide as you can, and keep the entire image within the depth of field. It will also allow you get even lighting across the paper. The other suggestion I have may sound odd. When using the tripod, use the camera’s timer to take the image. The act of pressing the shutter button will create very small vibrations and when looking for the best detail in an image can cause minute blurring. The timer will allow these movements to stop before snapping the image. Your white balance cap/gray board should allow your white balance settings to accurate enough to give you true colors.

Camera white balance gadgets