Museum Collections and Object Photography

Museum Artifact and Object photography

Museum Artifact and Object photography and photographing collections can be a worry for many museums. It takes months, if not years, of dedicated time and effort to digitise an entire collection, even if your collection is relatively small. Here is a interesting blog by the British Museum about their photography.

I can provide a number of bespoke services to those who are engaged with collections digitisation or object photography.

  • Do you have objects that are too large to move but need photographing? Perhaps the objects you are trying to digitise are proving tricky to capture? Or maybe you have a special object that you want photographed for use in more than one context; for example in marketing literature or brochures as well as your museum standard catalogue image bank? All of these are possible. I can photograph any object, anywhere, at any size while maintaining museum standards for object photography and can create a beautiful image that can be used for any media. Sound like a tall order? Get in touch, and we can discuss your needs.

  • Do you have a large collection of objects that need digitising but don’t know where to start? I can provide advice on equipment, funding, processes, standards and provide high quality in depth training for you, your curatorial team or volunteers to help you begin the process of digitally preserving your collection. Read my blog here for more information or get in touch and we can discuss the best way to achieve your goals.

  • Have you considered using your collection to make some money? Object photography can be a great way of adding some personalised retail items into your shop displays, enhancing the visitors experience of your collection and making interesting and exciting gifts and souvenirs for your visitors to remember. Favorite or outstanding objects in your collections can make great retail lines and help bring in money to pay for their conservation and add new revenue streams to your organisation. See here for more information.

  • Constructing a guidebook or catalogue of your museum’s collections? I can provide high quality imagery that makes those special objects stand out to your readers. I can make every detail of an object jump off the page and highlight the importance and uniqueness of your objects. Even if you have imagery already, I can provide a beautiful new image that will make your guidebook a coffee table must! Get in touch and I can help during the design and planning stages or discuss your needs.