The team of the OeAI also includes a professional photographer. The responsibilities extend from macro shots in the format 5 : 1 and larger (surface structures, destruction levels etc.) to the entire range of archaeological finds (coins, pottery, bones, small finds, sculpture etc.) to large scale excavation documentation, photogrammetric photography, panoramic images, and architectural photography. It is equally important to create high-quality images for sponsors, presentations, and press releases.
In order to visualize archaeological artifacts, contexts, and monuments it is necessary to work with color accuracy, high resolution, and distortion-free – even under difficult conditions. In addition to its documentary quality photography supports arguments and theories. Technologies such as photo scan and RTI (reflectance transformation imaging – in development) round off the photographic oeuvre.
Various camera models of the Canon EOS-series are available: a Canon EOS 5DSR and a Canon EOS 5D Mark III are used as flagships. Furthermore, it is possible to select from an almost complete range of lenses. The following fixed focal lengths are used: 14 mm f/2.8 ultra wide-angle; 17 mm f/4 tilt shift lens; 20 mm f/2.8; 50 mm f/2.8 compact macro; 65 mm f/2.8 1-5x macro lens; 85 mm f/1.2; 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens and a 600 mm f/8 mirror lens. The following zoom lenses are used: 8–15 mm f/4 fisheye; 11–24 mm f/4 ultra wide-angle zoom; 17–35 mm f/2.8; 24–70 mm f/4; 28–70 mm; 24–105 mm f/4 and a 80–200 mm f/2.8.
A mobile flash system – Minicom 80 – (5 lamp heads) by Broncolor is used as modeling light; it is set up with different light formers (reflector shield, hazylight, diffused light, spot light, honeycomb filter etc.). A shooting table with a curved front and copy stand ensure the ideal lighting of the artifacts and biofacts and yield almost unlimited possibilities for creative lighting.