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Smart phone Photography: Photographing Glass in a Museum

May 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Art Projects, Photo Technique


Although not every day we have the opportunity to visit a museum, hundreds of people do, and they use their smartphones to photograph everything around them, including museums. Photographing glass and crystal objects can be very challenging.

Before you start photographing in a museum, make sure that it is permitted, and inform yourself about the restrictions that may exist. Some museums have completely banned the use of cameras; others apply this restriction only to traveling exhibitions, but not to the permanent ones. Some restrict only flash photography; others require the photographer to register, while some others have no restrictions.

A few years ago this was unthinkable, photography was very expensive and people had to refrain themselves for wasting film and prints. Digital photography has allowed us to take photos at no cost and smartphones provide us a high-definition camera anywhere, at any time.

But having the tools in our hands, does not guarantee that the results are worth our time and effort, and the vast majority of images will end up at the trash basket.

So today we’re going to learn a few tips about what we cannot shoot and how to get great pictures, when conditions permit.

Teaching how to photograph in a museum with a smartphone

Smartphones have better resolution cameras every day, but we must be aware of its limitations and one of them is that your sensor needs a lot of light.

So if it is dark, you should refrain from taking pictures, because your images are going to be fuzzy, dark, dull, and noisy.

If the object is in a glass case, we should get as close to the glass as possible, because it can reflect our own image.

If there is not a glass case, we should try to find a place to get stability, it could be a table or a wall

Do not try to contain many objects in one picture, some of them will be out of focus, because the depth of field will very shallow.

To measure the light touch the screen with you finger, then a small box will show you where the measurement is being taken. Place it on top of your object.

Do not forget to look for unusual perspective and different viewpoints to create more interesting images.

All this pictures were taken with an iPhone 4, some of the were crop and/or edited

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