Getting Started on Collections Documentation and Photography
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
124 America's Center
Not only does photographic documentation mitigate risk by reducing the need for object handling, it also provides opportunities to increase the accessibility of your collection. To get the most out of your photography, you need to understand how to take a picture of an object. Lights and cameras are basic starting points, but there are many other aspects to consider. This presentation will cover different types of collection documentation, looking at the methods behind collection documentation and tips for implementing them yourself.
- Learn basics of collections photography, including camera settings, workflow process, and equipment recommendations.
- Manage image files with such tools as post-processing software, digital asset management (DAM) software, and workflow for digital preservation.
- Learn the basics of creating a photography studio within a small collection space and with a limited budget.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Becky Bacheller is currently the Collections Technician at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. She has worked on a number of collections moves and photography projects, including work at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. She graduated from George Washington University's Museum Studies Program specializing in collections management.
Jason Smith is currently a Digitization Technician contracting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. His job duties include artifact photography, management of the Digital Assets Management Software, training of staff members and contractors on photography, and Digital Assets Management Software. He graduated from the Museum Studies Master's program at New York University where he focused on collections management and digitization.