Photography

Intrigue

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. Tenneco 086x ss ss

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.

 

Professional Photography For Giving A Midas Touch To An Ordinary Advertisement

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. Industrial Printer ss

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.

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Hire Car Photographers For Creating An Effective Advertisement

Photographs have been an important part of the advertising industry for a long time. You can see them almost everywhere, from billboards to newspapers. The reason behind the massive use of photography in advertising is that they increase the aesthetic value of the commercial message and attract more potential customers. You may have noticed that nowadays newspapers and magazines dedicate a lot of space for advertisements that have large photographs and images. These advertisements are very expensive and companies spend a massive amount in designing, development, as well as the printing process. These ads are highlights of the newspaper and magazine industry and grab a lot of attention from readers, which of course is necessary for the promotion of brands, products or services that are advertised. Driving ss

 

The importance of photographs for advertising products and for brand promotion has been proven. To do an effective advertising campaign for brand promotion or marketing goods and services, add some professionally created photographs to the commercials which appear in print media and billboards. In case you are designing a promotion campaign for products like automobiles, then photographs can make a great difference. Attractive photographs of cars will create an interest with potential customers and will compel them to read the commercial message.

Professionally created photographs of cars will have a quality finished look and will be more attractive than the ones amateurs take with consumer digital cameras. Experienced and qualified car photographers have a creative talent for commercial photography and they know how to highlight the splendor of the car in their photographs. They make sure that the photographs they are capturing are fulfilling the purpose of the advertiser, creating an end result of the customer being enticed by the stunning imagery and ultimately reading the commercial message. Therefore if you are in need of an effective advertising campaign, you should strongly consider hiring a proven commercial photographer who has experience in automotive and car photography. Hiring a professional photographer will help in assuring that the images that are added to the published advertisement are in accordance with industrial standards and are capable of attracting the attention of readers.

If your company is located in Detroit or any nearby city, then I would suggest you hire one of many Metro Detroit Photographers for getting the most attractive photographs created for your advertisement. The talented photographers of Detroit are known for the quality of the photographs they create and for their many years of experience in commercial automotive photography.

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Peterbilt Truck

I was recently asked to bid on an extensive truck project for Shell Oil.  It involved photographing Super Rigs out of state.  Shooting on-highway semi trailer trucks is not much different than photographing cars on location, other than their enormous size which can cause logistics issues. Rural Mountain Road

This particular image is a new Peterbilt semi truck I photographed and retouched recently.  More to come in future blogs.

Industrial Gear

Once again, my business partner Tom Kirby and I have teamed up for a commercial photo assignment.  I handled the location photos and Tom shot in studio for an industrial protective gear client.  This scenario has worked well for us in the past and this time was no exception.

RPB Safety 125 ssPhotographing heavy industry can often take place in less than sterile environments.  Noise, dirt and occasionally foul odors can be part of the occupational hazards of industrial photography, but it can also be fascinating to see how America really works behind the scenes.  Truth be told, I'm always glad to be on this side of the camera.

 

 

Inergy Team

I had a multi-day shoot on location recently, photographing employees both as traditional portraits as well as in team photos. Inergy, an automotive supplier located in Troy, Michigan, hired me for this project after seeing samples of my photography on our Blue Sky website.Detroit Location Photographer David TrottRelying on professional talent when shooting commercial photography can get you spoiled, but these two Inergy employees were terrific to work with. They took direction well and were very pleasant to work with. Lots of laughs during the shoot, and we came away with great results.

 

 

Toyota Boshoku

I was recently hired to do a photo shoot at Toyota Boshoku, an interior trim facility for the automotive industry. As in nearly all photographic assignments, there were challenges that awaited me. For this particular photography project, time was limited and decisions had to be made quickly once our scouting with the client had been completed. Automotive Seamstress

For this lifestyle photograph, one of several created that day, we temporarily employed one of the staff seamstresses to assist us. We set up quickly using just a key and a rim light, mixing with the ambient light of the facility. Our client was pleased with the results as we were able to help tell their story of quality automotive finishing.

 

 

 

Racing Wheels

Detroit Automotive Photographer Thomas Kirbt

Shooting beautiful, shiny automotive parts is a perk of working and living in metro Detroit. Sure the area has it’s problems, a cyclical economy, the city is bankrupt... Still, if you like cars it’s the place to be. This wheel is formed in three parts to create a strong, light and attractive racing wheel, and it’s made right here in metro Detroit. As always, I am interested in you comments.

"On-the-Fly"

I was recently hired to photograph at a multinational automotive paint laboratory in suburban Detroit. Although I've worked with this company a number of times before, it was my first gig with this particular client who flew in from Chicago for the two-day shoot. There were no layouts which gave us the flexibility to shoot anything that we felt would tell a good story. I enjoyed having to think "on-the-fly", as it differs substantially from many shoots which are much more disciplined. Paint Booth ssThis particular photo opportunity forced us to change directions, move our gear and operations to a satellite building to take advantage of the work in progress. Without the flexibility our shoot strategy allowed, we couldn't have captured this paint booth image.

Perspective

I was recently on a photography shoot in Atlanta at a brand new 800,000 square foot distribution center. I was photographing material handling trucks for my client Raymond. They chose this particular facility due to its "VNA" designation (very narrow aisle), three words most photographers probably don't want to hear. We tend to like space, lots of space for our lighting needs. But of course, we're always up to new challenges. PVH 533 ss Blog

These trucks are pretty amazing and so in an attempt to capture their remarkable capabilities, I spent about fourteen hours out of a two-day photo shoot perched on top of a scissors-lift. This particular photograph was accomplished by shooting from approximately three stories high, giving an unusual perspective to the truck, the operator and the warehouse itself.

Car Repair Photography

Detroit seems to revolve around cars. Almost everything is related to the auto industry in one way or another. Aftermarket parts and original equipment parts make up a large segment of the Detroit economy. Shooting exhaust systems and the mechanics who work on them is just another part of the automotive universe. As always I am interested in your thoughts.Location Automotive Photography

Industrial Photography

Detroit Industrial Photographer Tom Kirby It may look like this was shot in a gritty, dimly lit industrial warehouse, but in fact, it was shot in the relative comfort of our studio. I found a floor to shoot at a factory nearby, and stripped that in under the lift truck. I love that photography can portray an alternate reality. In fact, that’s the core of our business, to make things look better than they actually do. In this case, few industrial warehouses with this lift truck would be quite so gritty. These are high-end lift trucks and more likely to be found in a modern commercial warehouse that is clean and well lit. I like the tough gritty feel though, as it does communicate that it’s a durable, well built machine. As always, I’m interested in your thoughts.

Automotive Photography

Not all automotive photography is done in studio or amidst beautiful landscapes. Sometimes we are hired to shoot cars in automobile dealerships, which brings with it different types of challenges. Working with multiple light sources and often in confined spaces requires added attention to create good imagery for our clients.

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Add professional talent to the mix brings with it another level of complexity, but also brings life to the photograph. Whether we are shooting cars, industrial factories, studio table-top, or lifestyle and executive portraits, Blue Sky Photography is always ready for the next photographic challenge.

 

Jewelry Photography

I don’t wear any jewelry myself, except for my wedding ring, but I do appreciate the beauty of it. A good friend of mine is a jeweler, and I love photographing his work. I’m always amazed that he can start with a lump of metal, a hammer, torch, files, and some other tools and the result is a piece of art. It’s challenging shooting jewelry, with all the shiny surfaces and stones, but I enjoy shooting highly reflective objects. It helps if they are pretty, but shiny industrial parts are fun too. Richard’s hands are a little worse for wear. He uses his thumbnail to check the sharpness of files, and polishing compound gets into all the nooks and crannies on his fingers. It’s a perfect contrast to the brilliant perfection of his jewelry. As always, I am interested in hearing your comments.Jewelry Photography

Happy Holidays!

As the holidays approach, we'd like to send our appreciation out to all. The business of photography has improved in Michigan over this last year, and we hope that the upward momentum that we've seen will continue. Detroit, including the automotive industry, seems well on the road to recovery.

Its been a good year for Blue Sky Photography, and we'd like to thank all of our clients; both those who've worked with us throughout the years, along with all our newest ones who gave us the opportunity to prove ourselves during 2012. We wish you Happy Holidays and an outstanding New Year.

Our deepest thanks.     Dave and Tom

 

Automotive Wheel Photography

One of the really great things about living in the Detroit area, is the automotive industry. It’s not just the car companies, but all of their suppliers and the aftermarket companies too. Customizing our cars for style, speed or utility is an American tradition. I can remember looking through JC Whitney catalogs before I could drive. Wheels, tires, bed liners, roof racks, sun roofs, towing packages, the list goes on and on.

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An entrepreneur has a passion for racing wheels, and I get to help promote them. These are racing wheels, not ordinary cast aluminum, but three individual pieces bolted together. Photographing shiny products is always fun and challenging.  As always, let me know what you think.

Spice of Life

As a commercial photographer in Detroit, the next assignment can be incredibly different from the previous one.  One day I may receive a request to photograph a jet, and the next I'll be quoting a studio or location car shoot.  Industrial facilities are a common request as well as executive portraits or product shooting in our Troy based studio.  It is a diverse mixture of needs in the photographic world, and as the saying goes, "variety is the spice of life". 

I was able to experience some of that variety during the last two weeks as I was assigned to shoot an architectural commercial building in downtown Detroit, followed up by a luxurious homesite on Lake St. Clair, for a brick and stone company.  I photographed the home from several angles, including detail photos as requested by the client.  It was an enjoyable shoot, once more adding a little spice to the business of photography in Michigan.

 

Lumber Mill

I'm sure I've said it before, but its probably worth repeating: commercial photography is a rush. I was recently in northern Michigan photographing a lumber mill for a repeat client when about three-quarters through the shoot she commented, "This was probably a dull shoot for you". "On the contrary", I replied.  I had been just thinking how awesome it was to make a living at something I love to do, travel (even though its just to an out-of-town industrial site), and see and learn things we have a tendency to take for granted.  Like what goes into creating a 2"x6"!  It was really quite fascinating to see the entire process of giant timbers being off-loaded from logging trucks, debarked, ripped, dried, sorted, planed and bundled, before once more taking a truck ride to Home Depot or an alternative lumber yard.  The automation process was a thing of beauty and I couldn't but marvel at the ingenious minds that put it all together.

Automotive Photography

Automotive Photography in the studio is a blast. We completed a project for Goodyear recently that went quite well. Part of the project was photography for their library. This F150 is a big vehicle, but it easily fit in our 4000 square foot. studio. We used the teamwork/tag team approach on this project too. It’s all about delivering the best image possible with the least friction. After we completed the main shot for each car, I did the additional shots. I am always interested in your thoughts.

Detroit Automotive Photographer - Tom Kirby