In reading the many and detailed posts archived on the best way to photograph oil and watercolor paintings, this is the first question that comes to my mind. I'm probably being naive judging from what others seem to be doing. I was asked by two local painters to photograph their works (both oils-on-canvas and watercolor paintings) so that they can then make prints from the resulting files. The only thing remotely similar that I've ever done was to photograph a few oils-on-canvas for a friend a few years ago. I'd done this particular job outside in good, subdued natural light, and they turned out well. But to do this for reproduction work really gives me the jitters, when all the various factors one must take into account are considered, and corrected for, and moreover, I do not own studio lighting. I have access to it, but if scanning them on a flatbed would make this so much simpler, wouldn't that be the route to go..? I guess the biggest reason I posted in this forum is that so many seem to use lighting methods for this purpose judging from the number of threads.. But wouldn't scanning eliminate all or most of the various concerns that one would have in photographing works such as these? Thanks for any help you can provide.