The Art Of Photography In Museums

Month: May 2016

camera-1549168-1280x960Shooting in Low Light

Light is typically dim in museums as this is more visually pleasing, and lots of museum art and design pieces can weaken with time when exposed to bright flood lighting and camera flash. Therefore, you have to set your electronic camera accordingly. Push the ISO up to a minimum of 400. If flash isn’t really enabled then utilize the widest aperture possible so you can hand hold the cam and utilize a fairly fast shutter speed. When photographing the actual displays, tripods may not be allowed as they can block other individuals’s ability to see the work.

Prevent Glass Reflections

Numerous exhibits are held behind glass, particularly artifacts, and valuable paintings. There are different things you can do to prevent reflections. Never use flash. For display cases, push the lens straight onto the glass with no gap, if this is permitted. By doing this you are bypassing any type of reflective quality from the glass– but DO give it a wipe to eliminate fingerprints in advance. If you can use a polarizing filter; it will decrease reflections. You might need to push the ISO up considering that many artifacts are in extremely low light conditions; ISO 1600 is more than sufficient.

Take notice of Details

Do not be afraid to move close to objects to get a significant effect. If you can get near the things then you can utilize a macro lens to select the details. If you are far away, use a zoom lens to get in close. Use a big aperture of f/1.8 – f/4.0 and a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second if you are using flash, 1/60th of a 2nd and slower if you cannot. Statues in custom showcases are inanimate but you can bring them to life when you zoom in near to their facial features.

Catching the Ceiling

Some museums have architecture that is as incredible as the art work being shown. Because this elaborate architecture is generally in the foyer you might be allowed to use a tripod. Turn the video camera upwards so it is dealing with the ceiling and try not using flash that is as bright as industrial lighting Press the ISO up to as much as 400 and even greater so that the camera can deal with little light and select AUTO without flash to see exactly what settings your electronic camera selects. Utilize your cam’s self-timer or a cable release to avoid blur.

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