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 museums and archives.
- Check firsttoseeifphotographyis allowed.
- Most museums and archives will allow photography without a flash.
- Objects covered with glass or plastic are best shot at an angle.
- Glass/plastic will reflect a flash or act like a mirror and reflect your image under natural light; consider photographing the object at an angle.
- Snap a separate picture of a caption or a label of the exhibit.
- Use the tripod along with your camera’s self-timer night/lowlight setting:
- Lack of good lighting is usually the norm in museums.
- Use the tripod to steady your image.
- When you encounter very low light situations, try putting your camera on night setting and enabling your self-timer.
- With the steadiness of the tripod and camera settings you should be able to get some good quality photos.
- No Tripod? Then brace yourself:
- If it is too dark and there is no tripod, leaning against a wall or a pillar, or supporting your camera against a bench, a chair, or a staircase rail will be a good remedy in that situation.
- If a subject is important enough, by all means take an extra shot.