What is Industrial Photography?
Industrial photography is a specific area of my photography work that focusses on serving businesses within the industrial sectors. This may include things such as factories, engineering companies, manufacturers or high-tech machine operators.
The common theme between different industries is that most require the use of large-scale, high-skill, machinery, facilities and spaces. Every aspect of the operation is essential – each serving a different purpose, fitting together to form the well-oiled machine that is the industrial sector.
Professional industrial photography covers a wide variety of different areas and subjects, portraying them for what they are, what they do, and how they go about doing it. From machinery and products to staff and equipment, this form of photography covers it all.
Why do you Need Industrial Photography? There are a variety of reasons as to why the industrial industry needs high-quality photographs of the different elements of what they do. Here are just some of the reasons I get asked to do industrial photography:
The reality is that the majority of people simply aren’t aware of what happens behind the scenes within the industry. Most people in their lives will only experience the ‘end product’ of the work done – whether that’s a building, a piece of technology or something alike. Industrial photography is an excellent way of capturing all of the hard work, innovation and technology and portraying it in an interesting light that people can easily see.
Much like other examples of photography for businesses, these photos can go on to be used for a variety of marketing materials such as websites, social media, brochures, magazines and the like. Having great photos for such material is essential, as it portrays a more professional image of the business to potential customers and clients. Using a photograph adds value to the content, as well as making it more visually appealing both online and in real life.
Why do you need a professional industrial photographer?
Often, industrial subjects can be challenging to photograph whether that’s due to their sheer size, poor lighting, challenging angles or the seemingly unattractive appearance of some of the industrial elements that are commonplace in the industry. Each one has its own challenges to overcome, and that’s where using a professional industrial photographer can prove valuable.
How do you Photograph Industrial Equipment?
With access to technology increasing, just about anyone can take a photograph of something industrial and call it ‘industrial photography’. However, what sets apart a professional from an amateur is that a professional industrial photographer can make use of specialist equipment and has an eye for detail to produce a visually exciting end product. Machines and industrial environments typically aren’t the most interesting of subjects, so it’s important to photograph them in the right way.
There is a variety of equipment and techniques that I use alongside my extensive experience as a photographer when it comes to industrial photography. There is no set rule for this style of photography work; it’s essential to suit the style to the situation at hand.
From the construction of the Dartford Crossing to photographing components that were to be sent to outer space – there are not many areas of this style of photography that I haven’t tried. This allows me to look at subjects from a different, engaging angle and produce the end product that you’re looking for.
In terms of the shoot itself, I can offer a variety of styles of photography to suit your needs.
It all starts with a phone call or email. When you contact me, you will be dealing directly with me, the photographer. There is no middle-man.
We will need to discuss what you are looking to achieve, from which I can then give you some practical advice on how we can go about creating the images you want.
My diary is always at hand. This way, with just one phone call, you will know the best approach, a timescale and an estimate of the cost; it really couldn’t be any easier for you, and that’s the way I like to keep things. Simple.
On the day, I’ll be taking into consideration the ideas we’ve previously discussed and listening to any new ones. The great thing about photography is that there is always more than one way of taking a shot, and sometimes unexpected or new angles can produce surprising results.
Photography is and always will be a collaboration of ideas, so reviewing the images with the client throughout is key to ensuring we get the right shot for the right purpose.
What happens then?
I always try and shoot what is needed on the day where possible. However, with any kind of photography, part of the process is back at the studio in front of the computer. Here is where the ‘final polish’ is given to the images, those finishing touches that turn a good image into a great one. If something special is needed in the editing department, that’s when I might call upon the services of my excellent re-toucher.
Get in touch
If you’re looking for industrial photography, please get in contact for a no-obligation conversation about how I can help you.
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