In the commercial photography world, schedules and deadlines are paramount. We are usually awarded photography projects a few days or a couple of weeks in advance, but for this project for WABCO, we were requested to shoot with less than four hours advance notice! Fortunately I had no other photography bookings for the day so I was able to pack my gear and rush off to location. The directives for this shoot were to photograph a WABCO truck in an empty lot in the correct perspective to strip into this stock photo background the client had purchased the rights to that very same day. After some late night retouching, I was able to deliver the finished project the next day in order for the client to meet their deadline.
I photograph executive portraits frequently, in studio at Blue Sky Photography in Troy, along with shooting on location at client’s facilities. Although I enjoy both studio and location portraits, shooting against environmental backgrounds can often be a bigger challenge. There is more involved than just a simple portrait lighting set-up against a seamless backdrop.
In the photograph above, the client desired a very shallow depth of field which required shooting through nearly three stops of neutral density, even with the strobe lights set to their lowest settings. And to complicate matters even further, I had to deal with reflections from the conference room glass walls. But that’s why I like shooting environmentally; bigger challenge, bigger reward.
I was awarded an assignment recently to photograph semi trailer trucks. Shooting big rigs isn’t that much different than photographing cars on location, except that they’re BIG! Whether its cleaning and detailing them, or scouting for a location, one has to keep in mind their enormous size. They are far less maneuverable than your typical car and require space; lots of space.
This project was for Point Dedicated, with an emphasis on their dedicated team of drivers. I did several different photos with their team members, including interior cab portraits, using a mix of ambient light and auxiliary strobe lighting.
I’ve driven a few miles this year, primarily on three separate assignments to New York, including a side excursion to Philadelphia. These trips required a good deal of photographic equipment, forcing me to opt out of flying, and hitting the road. Its fortunate I enjoy driving, although admittedly, the days can get somewhat long.
This particular photograph was created at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that produces yogurt. I was hired by The Raymond Corporation to highlight their materials-handling equipment in action. I particularly like this photo due to the sterile and nearly monochromatic setting we were in. This shot was photographed using a mix of ambient light along with my well-travelled strobe equipment.
Living and working in metropolitan Detroit, its hard to get much distance from the automotive industry. There are not many degrees of separation. Although I’m acutely aware of this phenomena, it was brought home to me once again when I was awarded a multi-day photography shoot for Pentastar Aviation. Upon entering the terminal lobby, one cannot but notice the numerous photo enlargements depicting the historical connection between the Ford Motor Company and the aviation industry. And its no wonder that they’re on display, as Edsel Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, is the chairman and sole owner of Pentastar Aviation.
I created the photograph shown above, a Falcon aircraft interior, showing the quality of custom work Pentastar’s Interior Design division can do. Whether its automotive interiors or aircraft interiors, Blue Sky Photography is up to the task. Thanks for viewing.
As a commercial photographer, I’m often awarded a location assignment without the opportunity to do a preliminary scout prior to shoot day. In these instances we really don’t know what perils may await us. We hope for spotless factories with pristine machinery and well groomed operators. However, those hopes are usually dashed moments after arrival.
The facility photographed above , EPIC in suburban Detroit, was an exception to the norm. We were welcomed into an almost sterile-like environment, showcasing a meticulously clean assembly line. Not all industrial photography projects will be as clean as this one, but we can always hope.
One of the great benefits of being a photographer, especially a “location” photographer, is the opportunity to make a living and be outdoors at the same time. Granted, many location shoots can be in corporate offices or noisy factories, but sometimes the weather gods are with you. That would be the case for a recent photo shoot I did on the west side of Michigan for a synthetic lumber distributor (marina decking). It was a perfect temperature day with sunshine and beautiful cumulus clouds for our marina backdrop.
This photograph was accomplished using the sun as our key source of light, obviously, but with a simple strobe chimera for fill, just out of camera view, we were able to avoid too much shadow on our talent’s face. Not all location shoots have as ideal weather conditions as this one, but that great unknown makes on-site photography all that more interesting!
Since Chicago is one of my favorite cities, I was delighted to be awarded a photography assignment there earlier this month. I was hired to photograph a new Maserati / Fiat automotive dealership just weeks after they completed final construction. The dealership was unusual as it had two distinct showrooms; one for the value conscious Fiat customer, and one for the Maserati shopper, where money doesn’t seem to be an issue.
It was an interesting dichotomy as I watched the Fiat shoppers inevitably make their way over to the Maserati side, just for a glimpse of what money could buy! Either way, they came for an Italian built automobile.
A mysterious or fascinating quality. That’s how the dictionary defines the word “intrigue”. I can still readily remember how I felt working in my college photography darkroom, waiting for an image to appear on my photo paper as I gingerly sloshed developer back and forth. It was magical and suspenseful at the same time. That same feeling of intrigue kept with me over the years as I waited for my film to come back from the lab, never truly knowing the results of my photographic efforts until I held them in my hands. It added mystery to the process of photography.
Now with everything photographic being digital, we’ve lost some of that mystery and suspense within our chosen profession, and exchanged it for the immediacy of pixels on our computer monitors. To be fair, we did have Polaroids that removed a portion of the intrigue from our shoots. These days there is still an element of suspense in our work that keeps me engaged. In the photograph shown above, all the elements to create a quality image for my client came together, proving to me once more that photography can still carry with it a little bit of intrigue.
Brand promotion and advertising is incomplete without photographs. The reason behind this is actually related to the psychology of humans. We are more attracted to the photographs printed in the newspapers and magazines than the written commercial messages. The colorful images help in establishing brand identity and give the customers a brief overview about the product or service which is advertised. In a nutshell it can be said that photography is a very important part of the advertising world and without it, attracting customers to read a print advertisement can be extremely difficult.
If you need to create an advertisement for publishing on an online portal, newspaper or magazine, then I would suggest you to hire a product photographer. A professional photographer will make sure that the product is captured in the photograph in such a way that all the positive aspects are highlighted and the overall view is attractive. The image that the amateur clicks with a digital camera may have flaws, but professional high resolution cameras can produce flawless images when handled by a commercial photography expert. To add the perfect photograph for the advertising of your products, you should hire a professional photographer.
In case you are dealing in industrial machines and spare parts, then nothing can be better then employing an industrial photographer for creating the images of the machines and spare parts which you offer. The photographers who specialize in industrial photography have a talent for the requirements of your industry, and can capture splendid images for increasing the aesthetic value of your advertisement. A professional photographer can add life to any ordinary advertisement by creating flawless images of your products.