Are you someone who has been to museums to admire the beautiful antiques, ancient pieces and artefacts or even some precious ornaments, and wanted to take pictures of it, but it resulted in a disaster? I am sure that taking photos in a museum can be extremely difficult sometimes. Museums have terrible lighting sometimes. No lighting, but reflections, fear of disturbing other visitors can actually make your picture look disgusting. In this guide, I will be listing out a few tips that can help you take better photos in a museum.
- Permission is essential. First of all, you should make sure that you have permission to take photos in a museum. Some museums do not allow flash photography while some allow all kinds of photography. For example, some museums do not allow photography at all because of copyright issues. Some staff and security guards will not stop you, but it might disturb the other visitors if you overuse the flash. Too much flash photography is incredibly annoying. A lot of museums allow you to photograph whatever you want.
- Museum lighting can certainly be terrible. The lighting in the museum is not the most desirable when it comes to photography. Usually, there is a light source from very awkward places. These light sources can actually create very awkward shadows. Sometimes, the rooms are not well lit. Some cameras will allow you to crank up the ISO. Sometimes even this does not work. It all depends on what kind of camera you are using. If you are using a smartphone, there are chances you may not actually get great photos, even though the phone takes fantastic photos in good lighting. If you have one of the latest iPhones, I guess you could take decent photographs because they do a good job in lowlight situations.
- Museum lighting is usually fixed and cannot be changed. It is incredibly important for you to watch out for the reflections. You should avoid using flash for a reason. You should be attentive to all reflections that may appear in the glass. In most museums, the artefacts are protected with the help of a glass container.
- Crowds can be your biggest enemy. If the museum is crowded, you should take the opportunity to have a look at the architectural features outside and inside as well. You should look at ceilings, staircases, columns and more. I am sure that it is very hard to take pictures when the museum as crowded, because people end up in the photographs.
- Make sure that you are polite when you are taking photographs. If someone is in your way, you should politely ask them to move.