Bet you thought this post was going to be more pics of my precious bulldog. Surprise, it’s not! While enjoying a marvelous stay-cation, decided to spend the afternoon at the museum yesterday. Specifically the new dinosaur exhibit. Not only was I able to correctly recall many of the dinosaur names before actually reading their signage, I conquered some fears of museum photography.
I downloaded a pretty cool app for the iPhone awhile ago, but really only put it to use just yesterday. I’ll definitely be consulting it more now – it’s called PhotoCaddy. It gives scenarios for almost anything you can think to take a picture of, along with tips & suggestions and typical settings to shoot with. Basically, a mobile cheat sheet. But if you’re a newbie like myself, you can let it slide, it’s a great learning tool. Reading the tips & suggestions specific to my subject, before I even started shooting, helped put me in the right mindset of what to be cautious of – in this case, poor lighting (keep a steady hand, since I don’t have a tripod). I also adjusted my camera settings to coincide with the app’s recommended typical settings for museums (Aperture priority, f/5.6, ISO 200). And THEN I went off on my photo expedition. This work upfront helped me take better pictures I believe. But judge for yourself –
I bumped the exposure value up & took the same shot. Unsure of which I like better, this next one may be a bit blown out
These next 2 shots aren’t necessarily great shots, but it’s a great tip I learned behind the shot. Remember my frustration last museum visit? Glass enclosed objects got the best of me. That was until I read this – “Where suitable, you can try pressing the camera right up against the glass.” Look, no glare!
“For other exhibits, move around until you find a spot where the reflections are minimal.” Since these scary fish guys were roped off, I tried just that.
And my parting shot. Roar!