I studied values for about a year and this painting with the black camera was a challenge not to go over board with the value range. Even though the picture in the background is lighter than the camera, the black next to the white table brings your eye to that area. My favorite way to paint is all about values, they all need to balance. How many times do I take a photo of my paintings to get at least one good one, a lot! My scanner is so great for the small paintings, just one scan and it is done!