Engineering and Industrial Photography

Real Industrial Photos

There is a world out there that people rarely get a glimpse of whether it is an industrial manufacturing factory floor or an engineering site on a foul rainy day. It is a huge honour to get the opportunity to photograph people at work in these environments.

Recent industrial photos have been for clients such as Dyer and Butler (civil engineers) as well as Techserv for whom we have photographed at their own factory in Yorkshire as well as other locations in the UK including photography at the Babcock Marine shipyard, Appledore.

Action Photography

Hostile environments are a regular aspect of the photographic work, whether it is a plasma or water jet machine at work or getting down and dirty photographing a construction site.

Photographic work for clients such as civil engineering companies has involved photography from height, on pontoons and from small dinghies. We have recently photographed on rail repair sites, in engineering workshops and ship-yards.

As you might expect, as well as the waterproof Peli case full of Nikons there is also a bag packed full of suitable safety equipment ready to go at all times: boots, helmets, goggles, gloves. Of course all of this is backed by full insurance and a current CSCS card.

Studio & Location Photography

We have a huge amount of equipment that when the ‘keep it simple’ approach won’t work will help us light complex situations. It may be that parts need shooting for a simple ‘pack-shot’ style, whiteout backgrounds or simple in-situ detail shots.

The Details

Whatever the job Ideally we will be be offered a comprehensive brief and will discuss what is needed from the shoot. This may include an overview of possible usage, maximum image size, preferred aspect ratio (landscape, portrait, mixed). We normally look to a work to a 'wish list' of shots - the client will invariably have some sort of idea what is needed.

Often the clients will have come to us because they like our shooting style but are free to make requests about fine details such as desired depth of focus, format, style or it may cover the overall 'visual language' of the shoot.

Site visits are supported backed by full insurance and a current CSCS card.

We work on an Apple Mac system although we use EIZO monitors due to their superior colour accuracy.

Photography is generally camera to Lightroom and then output is defined by end need. We shoot to RAW files using ProPhoto workspace outputting most of the time to Adobe RGB. Mono conversions are completed with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. This is important to understand because as a rule images will need processing before delivery.

Cameras are typically either Leica (M9) or Nikons including the high pixel count D800e. These tools offer a range of creative and technical options to cover a wide range of needs. We also have a comprehensive selection of studio lighting and equipment, chiefly Bowens and Manfrotto. We are able to set up complex studio set-ups at your location.

With our sister company DesignCredo we are able to undertake graphic design for print or signs which is again undertaken using the Adobe work-flow based around InDesign. This ability to offer design as an integral aspect of our service offer adds huge value and possibilities.

We invariably deliver artwork to print shops as PDF files; you will be able to view and proof the same file that we see although it is unlikely your monitor will be as colour accurate as our system.

We are VAT registered and have a comprehensive level of professional insurance cover.

The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds ~ Theo Jansen