After jumping through all the bureaucratic hoops permission was granted for me to shoot a portrait in the Berlin Museum of Natural Science on Wednesday.
It seemed like a wonderful location for a portrait and it does have a series of visually interesting backgrounds; however, there are so many different coloured light sources that getting the correct white balance was often next to impossible.
I was allowed to use a tripod and a speed-light with a snoot, but because the museum was full of visitors I could only take in a small kit and it’s when you get into such places that you find out you need more things than you have with you. In this case it was a warming gel for the speed-light. The tungsten light in the museum creates a wonderful warm atmosphere to view the exhibits, but it is a nightmare to balance light temperatures when using flash to separate a person from the background.
In the end the officially sanctioned tripod got the job done, but if you shoot in such a location, be careful, the bright spotlights play havoc with the auto focus.
35mm, f2.8, 1/10sec, ISO100