Look at my picture taken in late 90' - tickets to Tatra Technical Museum cost 20 Kc (adults) and 9 Kc for children 6-15yo and free entrance for children up to 6yo. Hmm... now (2004) prices are over twice higher: 50 Kc and 20 Kc.
My conclusion: Czech Republic is still inexpensive in comparison to any Western European country but more and more expensive. Czech enters European Union on 1 May 2004 and probably will get European currency Euros in a few years. Expect higher and higher prices for some goods esp. for cigarettes, local drinks etc. But anyway I am sure that the Czech Republic will remain relatively cheap country for many years.
I tried to take pictures inside Tatra Technical Museum. But I didn't have a tripod. So, some of my pics esp. taken without a built-up flash were blured. On the other hand those ones taken with flash were too dark at background not lighted by the flash.
Keep in mind that a built in flash on most cameras will only light up an area between 10 and 20 feet (= 3-6 m) in front of the camera. My camera's shutter opens and has to stay open for up to several seconds for enough light to hit the film to make an image at dark night. The problem: most people cannot hold a camera perfectly still for more than a small fraction of a second - usually more than 1/30 or 1/45 s.
So, if you want to take pictures at night you must use a tripod, never mind how good (and expensive :-) is your camera. Hmm... I still must buy a tripod for my camera. I think about two tripods: one mini-tripod, very small, primitive one, I could say but cheap, light and easy to carry with me. And the second: real, professional tripod with a bag.
Not so easy to choose from :-):
SLIK tripods (Japan)
MANFROTTO tripods (Italy)
about tripods on photo.net
Do not go to visit Tatra Technical Museum (and most museums both in Czech and Europe) on Monday. It's closed that day.
Tue - Sun:
9.00 am - 5.00 pm in summer time: 1 May - 30 Sept.
9.00 am - 4.00 pm in winter time: 1 Oct. - 30 April
It is not so easy to take a good picture in Tatra Technical Museum in Koprivnice.
First of all there are BIG contrasts between sun-lighted areas through large windows and cars hidden in shadows inside.
My top 5 advices:
1. avoid taking pics in midday, better just after sunrise or before sunset,
2. avoid making pictures with objects of large contrast (white and black) - enlarge my picture to see such pic and/or use a tripod to take picture inside,
3. use sun filters if possible,
4. use manual white-black balance if possible and if you know how to do it hehe,
5. keep smiling :-))) and follow the links below.
- Digital Photography Review - the world's best internet service on digital cameras;
- ShortCourses - a complete guide to digital cameras, digital photography, and digital video;
- Digital Photography. The Textbook - for beginners in photography,
- photo.net - one of the world's largest photo portals online.
Have a great fun :-)