Photographing In Museums and Galleries

Museums are always a repository for knowledge and to draw inspiration. While modern museums and galleries allow photography in their venues, there is no denying that the size of visiting crowds can get intimidating. PhotoConcierge throws in some light on how to photograph in Museums and Galleries, so that your next visit to the museums gives you the best possible results. 


Photo Credit: David Barnett

Gather Strength 

It is not often that museums and galleries give you private access to all their wealth of work. However, a lot of them have also obliged to such requests from a large number of photographers who decide to do Photo Walks in such places. Trust us, nothing can measure the joy of photographing an empty gallery. Imagine a gigantic space filled with nothing but art, sculptures and architecture for you to explore and photograph! Besides, you can also walk in your own pace, taking a moment or two to just soak in the incredible art around you. Gathering such strength gives you the time frame to get the right frame that you will be proud of. 

Get A Guide 

A guide is not just highly informative and could possibly give you great snippets for your photo story series, but also watches your back. Sometimes in the photography trance, you tend to photograph the ‘prohibited from photography’ art objects. You could also be obstructing others as you photograph. A guide becomes your best friend in such times. 

Photographing Spaces 

Have you noticed that whether a museum is ancient or modern, the architecture is so stunning! In order to house such world renowned arts, a museum or a gallery can be no less than breathtaking. Photographing spaces can be a great idea, especially when the crowd is minimal. Placement of art works vis-a-vis the size of the halls can be a interesting composition. Besides, many museums also invites artists who replicate the original art works. These artists paint all day right in front of the chosen art. Photographing them (obviously without disturbing), using time-lapse technique can be a very interesting story to show the world. You could also use slow shutter speed when there is crowd, just to show the bust effect. Monochromes in such places tend to be highly dramatic as well.  


Photo Credit: Rishikant Gupta

Careful With Those Selfies

We love selfies and support your hashtag campaign “SelfieismyRight”. However please be careful with those selfie sticks and maintain a highly safe distance between the good old art works and yourself. Two meter distance is advisable always. 

Be Mindful And Give Back 

Please do remember that you are in a public place and that too a Museum! Be mindful of what you do and speak. At the end, when you share your photographs for the rest of the world to enjoy, ensure to hashtag the museum along with its location. This will also help the Museum to be highlighted in the Digital world.


Photo Credit: David Barnett

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