Museums and exhibits are designed to be viewed, therefore we, as photographers, take great care in honoring the designers’ vision. We work diligently to not let our viewpoint or technique substantively alter the designers’ intent. This is accomplished through the judicious use of lighting, only employing supplemental light to enhance or better define, rather than change or overpower that which is part of the design. Images are also composed from the viewpoint of how a visitor would experience the space, from pedestrian level, showing the space as if they were there, experiencing it in person.
Interactivity is often emphasized when photographing museums and exhibits. As these spaces are designed with activity and interplay in mind, we seek to display these spaces as they would be experienced. Often, seeing people utilizing the interactive tools within the spaces help the viewer better grasp how visitors encounter the space.
Museums and exhibits also come with their own unique characteristics. The photographer must control glass reflections, color balance within a wide variety of display lighting, and work around crowds. Anonymity of visitors can be achieved through using a slower shutter speed to blur patrons’ defining features, or by deftly applying that blur in post-production. The human element gives energy and understanding to the designed environs. We see ourselves as an extension of the designer, helping to translate their art into digital form, while highlighting the craft and inspiration that went into the creation of the space.