Photo Spot Summary
Country: United States
City: Las Vegas
GPS Latitude: 36.176983
GPS Longitude: -115.135674
Directions: The main Neon Museum exhibit (the Boneyard) is situated on two acres behind the visitors’ center. Here you will find over 150 old neon signs that once shone brightly on the Las Vegas strip. Some of the signs have been restored, while others are weathered and decayed. Photography is very limited at the museum and is restricted for personal use only, unless you make arrangements and pay for a professional shoot. As such, you are not allowed a tripod, and can only bring in one camera with one lens. In addition, you can only enter the Boneyard on an hour long guided tour, and you must stay with the tour! However, even with all these restrictions, there are lots of fantastic subjects to photograph. It is strongly advised to purchase your tickets ahead of time, as tours sell out quickly. You can book tours on-line up to a month ahead of your visit.
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Because you are only allowed one camera and lens, I would recommend an all purpose zoom lens that lets you go wide, or shoot tighter. Something like a 24-70mm or 18-200mm would work well. It is hard to stand back from the signs, so you will definitely use the wide end of your zoom.
Besides photographing full signs, look for details and texture. The museum is full of rust and vibrant colors. Since you can only visit during the day, when the light is harsh, use this light to your advantage. Look for broken bulbs and shadows; they make very interesting subjects.