Another recent photography job that I attended was photographing Concrete fence panels, these were a particular challenge due to poor lighting in the area. As a photographer I get called to all manner of locations, one such location was photographing the concrete foundations of a house.
Why were photographing these concrete fence panels and block and beam floor a challenge?
Now on the surface of things it would be easy to assume that this would be a fairly straight forward task, how hard can taking pictures of a block and beam floor along with concrete fence panels really be? The answer may surprise you. Thanks to typical British weather the lighting conditions were less than idea, the grey overcast clouds really made the photographs difficult to take, they made the already grey concrete beams look even more dull and unappealing.
Luckily I had brought my own lighting, I was able to light up the concrete fence panels and get the photographs that I really needed. These types of jobs are never easy, when you’re photographing something big like concrete panels or things that have been made from block and beam, it’s always important to use a wide angle lens. Large objects such as these need to be crisp and include as much detail as possible in order for the customer to be satisfied with the work done.
Now not all of my photography is hobby or recreational, occasionally I’m asked to take product photographs for various commercial companies out there. One such job that I’ve attended was for taking photographs of a number of commercial dishwasher for a company that specialises in selling catering equipment. This was one of the first times that I had been asked to take pictures of kitchen equipment so my first task was to make sure that I got my light and exposure levels right.
The challenges of photographing an industrial dishwasher
I began the process by setting the scene, because these were product photographs meant to be seen by caterers, I had to make sure that the industrial dishwasher had a nice clean white background. My first task was to photograph a hotpoint dishwasher and to get it looking as professional as possible. The advantage of doing this type of photography where you’re focusing on a relatively simple, non moving object is that a lot of effects can be applied by a computer after the photoshoot has taken place.
The main challenge of getting the industrial dishwasher to look right was making the photographs visually appealing. A professional dishwasher isn’t the most glamorous of items, so it was important to me to get a little creative with my angles and how I presented the dish washers.
I learned a lot about a commercial dishwasher
One of the perks of being a photographer is that I get to learn about all sorts of subject matter and learning about a commercial dishwasher was actually pretty interesting. Seeing how the machines where put together and actually operate in a commercial kitchen was a cool thing to see. I’ve definitely gained an appreciation for the level of work that these machines actually have to do too, their built pretty sturdy and the actual dishwasher parts are put together in such a way that allows for constant usage. All in all a great photography shoot!
In my last post I blogged about capturing more natural things such as oak beam, well in this post I talk about a recent project where I have been photographing advanced technology such as silent gliss curtain track. Now I know that electric curtain tracks aren’t an obvious choice for photography but my aim was to select a piece of modern technology whose beauty had never been captured before.
Why did I choose electric curtain tracks as my photography subjects?
The reason I chose my electric curtain rail and rails specifically is because they are a piece of technology that not many people have come across so I thought they would make an excellent subject to photography extensively. My photographing the curtain rails along with my rather colorful curtains from creative angles, I was able to capture some unusual images. I’m not going to leave these images as they are though, this is somewhat of a creative photography study, I’m going to be using some filters and effects that I’ve been achieving great results from.
Now I must confess, there was a rather convenient element to this particular photo-shoot for me because I had only recently had electric curtains tracks installed. I don’t mind telling you that as a gadget, they have made an excellent addition to my home, they really have made waking up in the morning so much easier! Now I just set the timer on my electric curtains for say 7am and then they miraculously open at that time, that is if you remember to plug them in!
Now not everyone would understand the passion that I have for spending a wet Sunday afternoon taking photos of oak beams in a local ruin but I certainly can. You see my fascination with wood and started when I was very you, when I first saw the intricacies of the grains and the wonderful rich colours, I knew that wood was something that I wanted to photography.
Why are oak beams so fascinating?
You see, what I find visually appealing about woods like oak and cedar is that they are not man made. By their very nature they are unpredictably shaped and always different depending on the environment and sculpting that they have undergone. So imagine my delight when I cam across a ruin of an old building that had been built using oak beams. The building had been long abandoned and its oak beam supports had been left open to the elements, a perfect environment for any local photographer who is looking to get some interesting shots.
Its not just oak beams though, because this wonderfully rich wood in all of it’s forms actually makes great photography material, my next subject were the solid oak flooring that I found in the building.
Next it was on to the solid oak flooring
Well after finding the dilapidated building, imagine my further surprise and delight to find that there was still solid oak flooring in the building, still left mostly intact by the previous owners. Who ever had moved out of the place certainly couldn’t have cared much for what they were leaving behind because there was a lot of money left sitting there in the building.
So what I started doing was taking some great shots of the actual grains, the main difference between the oak beams and the oak flooring was how the wood had been cut. Each beam had been cut horizontally from the original tree whereas the floor boards had been fashioned vertically in order to get the flattest and largest possible cut of the hardwood. I’ll be uploading some of my photographs at a later date if you’re interested, so make sure that you check back here.