Lens for Museum

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ZodiacPhoto Senior Member • Posts: 2,373
Try a different approach...

When I am at a museum (or a similar, relatively poorly lit indoor place, sometimes with flash photography prohibited), and my subject (sculpture, painting, etc.) is stationary, I use a completely different approach - image staking. Not for every image I take, but for those I want to keep.

Set the camera to AUTO ISO, the aperture you need for DOF, and fast continuous shooting. Keep the camera steady and take at least a dozen of photos.

Later at home, looks through the photos, and delete frames that are out of focus or show motion blur, if there are any. All remaining frames should be sharp, but noisy.

Load them in Photoshop as layers. Auto-align all layers, and then crop to your framing preference. Then select all layers, and convert them to a Smart Object (in Layers menu).

Then, change the Smart Object Stack Mode to Median. Done!

This is a very quick example I just tried in my poorly lit room, with a slow lens (f/4) at high ISO (6400):

One of 8 layers, JPG strait from the camera

8 layers stacked

If you use more than 8 layers, you will get even better results.


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