This painting is oil and wet and messy so paper is placed under it to protect the floor. The photo is being taken with my iPad.
The photo is cropped to take away the distracting background. I only leave the background around a painting if I want to show scale or some other relationship, on my easle, next to the supplies I am using, on a wall or in a room to show it hanging.
There are, of course, other ways to do photographs. And there are a number of professional kits you can purchase to help you. This is just the system I use and for now it works for me.
I continue on with the 30 day painting challenge. Painting every day is not the challenge. The posting every day is.