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    Help I have a archeological shoot

    I have stumbled into a project for Southern Illinois University at Kinkaid Mounds on a archeological dig. I've got to do candids of the dig as well as document the excavation, and artifacts after cleaned in the laboratory. Any advice for shooting outside in a trench in the mid day sun and artifact portraits?
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    Re: Help I have a archeological shoot

    Bring reflectors

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    Re: Help I have a archeological shoot

    A white "Easy Up" to work under? Lab artifacts will almost assuredly be small and thus require macro lenses and lights for maximum DoF. If there is mains power, the lighting is easy to solve, if no mains, then you'll want a generator or pretty powerful battery units that deliver at least 1200WS. 2 lights with scrims and reflectors should be adequate for nice definition.
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    Re: Help I have a archeological shoot

    candids of the dig
    Fill flash with a decent bounce or diffuser will be your new best friend

    document the excavation
    Fill flash again

    artifacts after cleaned in the laboratory
    If these are shot indoors, then standard table-top problem set

    All up, sounds like an interesting job. If you have mains power, follow Jack's suggestions!

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    Re: Help I have a archeological shoot

    You might do well to ask the scientists what would be of most interest to them when it comes to shooting the artifacts. It might be tempting to make something artful when in fact, something more clinical would suit their needs better. Inclusion of a ruler or scale for instance. Or in the case of smaller objects, fairly accurate magnification (i.e., one to one).

    Long ago I shot some bones in support of a theory of cannibalism in Southwest Native American tribes. The bones were beautiful (if grisly with holes in the skulls) but the academics doing the paper were looking more for accuracy and definition rather than elegant lighting. On the other hand, having one doesn't necessarily have to be at the expense of the other. Good luck!

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    Re: Help I have a archeological shoot

    ring flash

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