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In collaboration with Collections Stewardship and Media & Technology, Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums.


Live 90-minute webinar

Getting Started on Photographic Documentation of Collections

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Photographic documentation is an essential aspect of collections management, helping mitigate risk by reducing the need for object handling, and providing opportunities to increase the accessibility of your collection. To get the most out of your photography projects you need to be sure you can take full advantage of your available resources. Lights and cameras are basic starting points, but there are many other aspects to consider. This webinar will cover different methods behind photographic documentation, and provide tips for implementing them–whether you are photographing an object for cataloging or condition reports, or looking for ways to digitize your collection.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will benefit collections staff, photographers, or any staff who wishes to learn how to improve their cataloging photography or collections documentation.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in the program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Identify basics of collections photography including workflow process, camera settings, and equipment recommendations
  • Manage image files including post-processing software, digital asset management (DAM) software, and workflow for digital preservation
  • Create a basic photography studio within a small collection space and with a limited budget


  • Jason Smith, digitization technician, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Becky Bacheller, collections technician, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum


  • Greg Stevens, director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums


  • Free: Staff of Alliance Tier 3 Museum Members
  • $25: Staff of Alliance Tier 2 Museum Members, Ally Members, Industry Partner members and Individual members
  • $50: Staff of Alliance Tier 1 Museum members and Non-members*

Registered participants receive access instructions prior to live event. All Alliance live webinars feature text chat, audience interactivity, Closed-Captioning, and access to presentation handouts and other resources. All Alliance webinars are recorded and archived for later access.

“Webinar Watch and Talk” Events (TBA)

AAM invites museums to host a local “webinar watch and talk” event for this program. Watch and talk events consist of:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webcast networking
  • 90-minute live webcast
  • 60 minutes of post-webcast facilitated discussion or activity.
There is no fee for hosting or attending a local watch and talk event. If you are interested in hosting a Watch and Talk event, please find information and online form. If you have any questions about hosting, contact Greg Stevens. The deadline to sign up as a host is September 22.

*Check your Museum’s Membership Status

Check your museum’s membership status:

  • Log in to your existing account here
  • Click on Edit Profile. Under the Profile Overview tab, you will see the membership status for you and for your organization.
  • If your museum is not a member or it’s time to renew, it’s easy to join or renew online. (If someone else in your institution makes decisions about the museum’s professional memberships, please forward this information to that person).
  • Call us at (866) 226-2150 and we’ll gladly assist you in joining or renewing, or answer any questions about the new museum membership program.
  • Email Membership and we’ll be happy to help you login and join or renew, and answer any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.

About the Getting Started Series 

The AAM Getting Started series presents basic and practical information on selected topics for museum colleagues new to their functional role and/or individuals entering the museum field from a different industry. By participating in these programs, attendees will be better able to develop and apply core job knowledge; utilize related tools and resources for continued professional growth; and exchange information, ideas and inspiration with peers. These programs are planned in collaboration one or more of AAM’s 21 Professional Networks.

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