Thanks Todd. I’m going through the learning curve of determining how best to shoot iGuides that aren’t real estate so I appreciate any feedback.
We did discuss the glare and reflection and the decision was made to leave it as is. The idea is to use the iGuide to represent the exhibit – but not replace in-person visits. (The gallery is closed to the public right now because of the pandemic but the exhibit is expected to remain until whenever the gallery is able to reopen.)
For a Rembrandt exhibit I shot for them last year (see https://youriguide.com/art-gallery-of-alberta-rembrandt-emerges) I did shoot photos of the artwork and placed them in the iGuide gallery. Tags weren’t available at that point, so for each artwork I did a second pano that allowed the viewer to read details. If tags had been available then, I would have embedded the photos at the very top of each tag with the artwork details and eliminated the second panos. I might approach them to do that now if they plan to continue using that iGuide.
Another consideration for gallery shoots like this is being mindful of whatever contractual obligations a gallery has with the artists and/or owners. For the Rembrandt exhibit, there was an additional room that I was not allowed to include because the owners of the artwork had not agreed to it. And after shooting the panos, I had to tweak the lighting because the gallery was contractually obligated to use dim, contrasty lighting meant to mimic the candle-lit lighting that would have existed in Rembrandt’s time.
That shoot was one of those unique opportunities that I’ll never forget. Me in a gallery space by myself with what I imagine was millions of dollars of Rembrandt artwork.