Part 2, which covers post-processing, is here:
I've seen so many great traditional artworks on DA that are spoiled by bad photography. I had always found the Art > Computer transition a difficult one, but I've learned some tricks for taking better photos and for editing those photos on the computer to bring out the natural colors and tones, to make the online version look like the original.
This is my simple guide to photographing drawings, but it's very general and would work for paintings or other media.
The tutorial doesn't really go into detail. If you have questions (or suggestions!), please comment and I'll try to help you out. I'm not an expert but I may know of some other resources you can explore.
Here's a very good detailed guide from another DA member:
This is my first tutorial! I did it all in Inkscape, a program that makes it fun to do these kinds of things.
Thanks for looking.