Art in the Library: Reducing Reflections in Exhibit Photos

One of my Branch Managers has a beautiful gallery space in the lobby of her library, but it’s difficult to photograph work on display there because the whole front of the space is glass and windows.

Side-view photos of the full exhibit space work just fine:

Aurora Hills Branch Library gallery space

But if you try to take a photo of glass-framed art work in this space from head-on, the windows reflect in the glass, and obscure the art (if you look closely at the first painting in the photo above, you’ll see an example of the reflections). This is a problem because we like to document our art shows, and we write short blog posts about artist we exhibit – and good photos of the art work in our space are really important.

Luckily, we recently discovered a trick that makes the reflections a non-issue. All it takes is:

  • A second person to assist
  • One large piece of white foam core (we’re using the back of a Summer Reading sign)

The second person holds the white board behind the photographer, effectively blocking the reflection. And suddenly we have a decently documented art exhibit!

And while this trick may be obvious to photographers or folks who work in art galleries, I give major props to Ashley – the branch manager – for being the first person at our Library to figure it out.

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