Photography in a Museum

Museum of Ancient Life, Lehi, Utah (USA)


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Photographed by Michael Gordon, April, 2007. Permission granted to copy, store, display, republish and aggregate in collections for personal and/or non-profit organizational use the photographs in this collection.

Photographed using a Nikon D200 digital camera and Nikkor 18-200 VR lens. This is a demonstration series for this combination. The museum is relatively dark and exposures tend to be rather long, meaning if you are not using a tripod (and most museums will not permit tripods, mostly so as not to obstruct visitors) that your photographs will tend to be blurry.

A poor option is flash; and some museums do not permit flash -- it is offensive to other people and can slightly bleach delicate objects.

Therefore, in most museums you will want to hand-hold the camera and have something to steady the camera. The Vibration Reduction lens accomplishes this quite well. Remember, it is Vibration Reduction, not elimination; you must hold the camera as steady as you possibly can while taking the picture. Also, remember to give the lens about 1/2 second with the shutter release button half-pressed to give the stabilizer time to "uncage" the stabilizing element and do its thing.

The following pages constitute a slide show and photo selector.

The slide show itself is intended for sequential viewing of a collection of photographs.

Each page includes in its title bar, and underneath, the file name of the photo. This is useful when corresponding to someone about the photo.

To advance to the next photo: Clicking on the photo advances you to the next photo unless you are on a thumbnail or zoomed photo, in which case clicking it takes you to the 'normal' size.

Below each photo is a set of links (buttons) to advance, return, or exit the slide show.

A thumbnail gallery is available for visually selecting photos. If you choose this option, clicking a thumbnail puts you into the slide show at the photo chosen; from there the slide show proceeds with the remainder of the show.