Antiquities and Monuments Office

Requirements for Photographic Survey of Historic Buildings

(As at Sep. 2010)


A.        All the photographic recording must be done in digital format (of at least 25Mb of each RAW image).  The following recording is required:


            (1)       The overall historic site including the siting of the historic building(s) and its ancillary building(s) and structure(s) together with its/ their immediate surroundings, the general landscape, including important trees, garden details, courtyard details and types of paving.


            (2)       An aerial-photo (at oblique angle) showing the characteristics of the site.


            (3)       The exterior and interior of each structure in detail with the following shots, using the appropriate lenses for the task, including perspective correction, macro, wide-angle and telephoto as necessary for the followings:



                        (a)     identification view including the surrounding area;

                        (b)     each of all external elevations [using a perspective correction (PC) lens as appropriate];

                        (c)     oblique views of the building and roof

                        (d)     close up of the main entrance

                        (e)     details showing eaves, verges and ridges

                        (f)      typical windows

                        (g)     any other architectural details, such as :

decorations on the ridges, eaves, gable walls, pediments, windows, doors, roofs, towers, openings, chimneys, foundation stones, commemorative plaques, stone tablets, inscriptions, couplets, etc. (using a macro lens as appropriate)



                        (a)   interior of each room in the buildings, general views showing all sides of the room, ceiling and floors; and

(b)  close-ups of any other important features, such as : fireplaces, staircases, mechanical features, structural steelwork details, commemorative plaques, stone tablets, inscriptions, couplets, murals, carvings, furnishings, furniture and fittings, etc. (using a macro lens as appropriate)


Construction Details

(a)   close-ups of any notable construction details, such as type of brick bonding, different courses of brickwork to each wall, etc; and

(b)  building materials used in the construction of the principal elements, e.g. floors, roofs stairs, windows, balconies, etc.


B.     All the photographic records shall be projection prints (in 4” x 6” size) and presented with their location plans in an A4-size report properly captioned in both Chinese and English. All the prints should be easily referenced to their location on key drawings and should be numbered and cross-referenced for easy retrieval.


C.     The following photographic records should be submitted to the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, on or before the date specified by / agreed with the AMO AND before any building works on the historic site is commenced:


(1).    two set of contact prints (in 8x10 proof) of all the photos;

(2).    three hardcopies of the Photographic Survey Report (in A4 size or other agreed size not larger than A3 size); and

(3).    four softcopies (CD-ROM in approved format) of all the photos (one original file of at least 25Mb in RAW format (approximate 5.6K x 3.7K pixels) and one compressed file of around 2.5Mb in jpeg format (approximate 2.8K x 1.8K pixels) for each photo) and the Photographic Survey Report.


D.    AMO shall share the copyright to use the photographic survey record for exhibition, publication, research, web-publication and archive access by the public.