For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends. The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising. I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints. Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research.
I would like to share with you a few of the lessons I have learned when photographing in libraries.
- Know the policy about digital photography before you go.
- 80 percent of libraries have allowed me to use a digital camera with some criteria.
- Do not use flash.
- Usually prohibited due to photo sensitivity of artifacts.
- Set up photo stand or tripod.
- You may need to sign an intended uses statement.
- May need to have one of their staff handle rare objects.
- Only take photos of intended artifacts.
- No photos allowed of interior of building or people—especially in government buildings.
- Set up camera in a corner away from others so as not to disturb.
- Set up near a window to gain most from natural light.