Shooting glass products can be tricky. It’s not just transparent – it’s also shiny. It’s essential to see the background behind the glass and have things (lights) reflecting in the glass to reveal it’s shininess. The edge of the glass needs to be a different value than the background so you can see the shape. I think I solved those problems for my client that manufactures these industrial LED lights. What do you think?
I like shooting portraits on location. Getting people in their own environment. In some ways, it’s easier to see someone’s soul when they are on their home turf. This day I was photographing some exceptional women who were being recognized for there work. I enjoy the excitement of pulling together the location/background, the lighting, and posing until everything works. Or at least I think it does. What do you think?
You know that this oil can hasn’t been used in a while. Years? Decades? Hard to say, but that’s a fine layer of dust. The overall patina is pretty nice too. I can imagine some old creaky geezer oiling a noisy machine 60 years ago. A simple white background lets it speak for itself. Let me know what you think.
Lead-acid batteries have been the standard in cars since the beginning. They are rectangular prisms too. This is a lithium-ion battery, so it’s smaller and lighter. But still a box! The orange background helps it out. What do you think?
My next-door neighbor has a lot of interesting old stuff. His door was open recently, and I saw this table saw. It’s a working saw, my neighbor still uses it. I was drawn to the colors and textures. It feels like it’s hiding wisdom. I asked him if I could borrow it for a few hours. I’m interested in your thoughts.
There is no end to the variety of parts used to build machines. Cylinders are used in machines to build machines, and in consumer products. To be fair, I’ve no Idea what kind of cylinder this is. It could be an air cylinder, but I suspect that it is hydraulic. I photographed it on a white background, then outlined it, and put it on the green handmade paper. Let me know what you think.
Photographing anything shiny is a kick! Finely machined aerospace parts fit the bill. You wouldn’t think Detroit for aerospace, but in the last year I’ve done work for several aerospace companies. I’m guessing that there is a lot of talent here honed making automotive parts. It’s fun shooting them, wherever they end up.
Jet engines actually, not rockets, but rocket sounds better. I have no idea what these do, but it doesn’t really matter. Unless I’m riding in the plane. The important bit is in front, and in focus. My client was looking for an interesting image for their website. They cropped it differently, and it told the story they were after. I’m interested in your thoughts and comments.
The science of automotive paint is stunningly complex. This car only has an “E coat”; it’s the initial coat of paint. It’s a process not unlike electroplating, where the paint is attracted to the metal by an electronic charge. The upshot is that the paint gets onto all of the surfaces of the body including all the inaccessible little nooks and crannies. This, among other things, is why our cars last longer than they used to. My job of course, is make an interesting and compelling photograph for use in an ad. Let me know what you think.