EMP launches relaxed photo policy for Museum Day

Speaking of the EMPSFM, one of the things that’s always irked me about the place has been the extremely strict photo policy that prohibits any photography in the galleries and exhibitions which I’ve always felt was way, way too harsh, particularly since I’ve been to plenty of fine art and historical museums with materials much older and more fragile than the items on display at the EMP who have been much more liberal with their photo policies.

Finally, the EMPSFM has come to their collective senses and have restructured their photo policy. Now visitors CAN take photos in the galleries and exhibitions. Like pretty much every museum in the world they prohibit flash photography, but you don’t want to use your flash to take photos inside, anyway–it makes them turn out awful.

The new policy goes into effect on Saturday, September 26, which happens to be Smithsonian‘s annual museum day, a day when museums all across the US will be offering free admission to anyone who downloads and prints out the museum day admission card available on their site, so you could go to the EMPSFM for free and take photos all day long if you like. (Or you could visit any of other participating local museums.)

The EMPSFM certainly has a lot of interesting objects that would make great photography subjects; I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with. Once you’ve been there and taken your shots, why not add them to our Flickr photo pool?

2 Comments so far

  1. mrbean (unregistered) on September 15th, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    Good news. But “but you don’t want to use your flash to take photos inside, anyway–it makes them turn out awful” isn’t exactly true. On a shitty point & shoot perhaps, but bouncing a flash off a ceiling or wall is way preferable than shooting outside with a flash.

    Just sayin’.


  2. josh on September 16th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    with most of the artifacts behind glass, I’m not even sure how much bouncing flashes would help anyway.



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