I use a dslr...and studio strobes. So, you can guess my other hobby! Your best bet with a point and shoot is if you can do it, do it outside. Or near a window. Overcast day would probably be best. You don't want to use a flash because it will bounce off of the reflective elements. I would hang it from something, so you shoot it straight on. I hang mine on a wall and shoot them that way.
I used to hang mine on my white floor to ceiling cabinet door, in a scrap room that had 6 six foot long fluorescent lights hubs installed for me using a tripod aimed at the cabinet. Now we are in an old colonial house. The lighting is poor, I can't take any photos near windows because all of our windows are the old fashion pane windows and give a grid pattern on everything.. i usually try to do it in the foyer with the front door open, but either there's not enough sun or so much it bleeds out everything. I guess i'll keep tinkering through the house trying to figure out the best spot to photo things.
I've tried going outside, but we are in hill country.. the wind kicks like a 3-legged ninja most days.. blows things an acre down the pasture before i finally catch up with it..lol
I was talking about light boxes with my DH months ago. He remembered, and ordered me one for my birthday. It just arrived, 3 weeks late - and I wish he had discussed it with me first. It's big enough for me to sit inside, and takes up most of the lounge! I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.
What kind of camera do you guys use?
What is your set up for taking pics (indoors, outdoors, etc?
What settings do you use on your camera?
Definitely no flash, ever Use natural light if you can but you can use a second light source if you want. I like box lights myself. I did a whole blog poist about video lighting but it is pretty similar lighting as what you need for project photogprahy.
I use a Canon T2i Rebel (dslr) camera. I set it on AV - zoom in on the layout, set the F stop to as low a number as you can, usually 4 or 4.5. Try to get the layout vertical if I can but if not, then I use Photoshop to stretch out the corners so it is square in the final crop.
Lighting is going to be the most important thing - you don't want any harsh shadows so 2-3 light sources are a must HTH
I turn off my flat-screen monitor and stand the LO on the bottom lip. If I'm not lazy, I use a tabletop tripod, placing it on my pull-out keyboard. If I am lazy, which is most often, I just try to keep it steady. I use the 10-second self-timer so there isn't any shutter-button shake.
I do any needed editing in my graphics program. I shoot my 2-pagers separately.
I'm a little late with my answer but, just in case...
I simply use my iPad. No flash, natural light. I place the pages laying flat on my dinning table (it's located by the window).
I have Cannon PS and a professional camera but it's too much work for pics that are just going to be posted. Once I've downloaded them to my computer I just fix them in the same window explorer or with Photoshop if they need something more important. Usually it's just a matter of contrast and brightness adjustments.