Never use a flash for such photography. The natural indirect lighting is always good and an overcast day is the best for photographing a painting. But, avoid sunlight striking your object directly to minimize glare. Or else, use two or more similar light sources set at about 45º angles to the painting. A shallow field of depth with a sharp focus can capture detailed textures or give more of a sense of the quality of the artwork.
Use both hands to hold the camera and draw both elbows in to your midpoint to touch one another and forearms closest to your chest. Hold your breath just before and while releasing the shutter to minimize the camera shake or use the timer for it.
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