CAMERA OR PHONE CAMERA?
For great photos you dont need the most expensive camera, setting the subject in the right light is probably the most crucial part. Most modern day cameras, whether that be a phone camera, point and shoot digital camera, or an all singing DLSR, they will all capture enough detail as long as the subject is clear, well lit and given enough space around it to clearly see every aspect of the subject. If you see the image opposite, you will see how this is visually explained, If you have any questions or are unsure if a photo is suitable please feel free to get in touch.
LIGHTING THE SUBJECT
The easiest way to achieve a well lit photograph is to take the picture in natural daylight. Using natural daylight will give a true representation of the colour and highlights, without any yellow casting from indoor lighting or flare points which can happen if taken using a flash.
This is kind of obvious but if the photo is blurred and out of focus in any part this will be reflected in the finished artwork. If there are minor flat points on the photograph these can be enhanced and lifted on the artwork, using reference of the clear points of the photograph. When taking the photo, the key thing is to have your focus point in the centre of the subject to capture the maximum amount of detail.