More of a complaint/discussion than questions and how-to. I'm back home for Thanksgiving ... at least for another 12 hours ... and my parents surprised my brother and me by saying that we needed to go through the house and figure out what artwork/jewelry we want as line-items in their Will (since apparently they're updating it). And then my dad came into my room this morning and said that, in addition, he wants me to photograph all the art (well over 40 paintings and glass sculptures) to "unambiguously" identify them. I've tried to photograph some of their stuff before and developed some techniques, but it's a pain! Paintings are horrible to do for two main reasons: (1) Ones with glass in front are incredibly prone to reflections, and one was so bad I had to wait until tonight to do because of reflections. And (2) paintings up on walls (like 10 feet off the ground) have the trapezoid effect where the part near the top is smaller than the bottom, and it will be stretched in height that takes physical measurements and lots of skewing in PhotoShop to fix. Sculptures are easier, at least the glass stuff my parents have. The biggest pain there is this glass cube (about 8" on a side) that is optical glass - incredibly clear - with nested cubes inside that have beautiful rainbow refractions when lit. Problem is that it's clear against a white wall. Sigh. I'm not even bothering this trip with my mother's jewelry. I may actually pack my light box or try to rig something up next time I'm home (next Thanksgiving, probably ) to re-do the smaller glass or to do the jewelry. I guess I'm trying to do a better job than I need to. A simple snapshot is good enough to "unambiguously" identify the items. But the perfectionist in me won't quite let me settle with that, so I guess this is more of a rant about photographing paintings than much else.