Debby Brown's Hocus Focus
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS ON MAXIMIZING THE SUCCESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOTS WITH TIPS, IDEAS AND PHOTOS.
Hi there!

There is something really gorgeous about photo shoots at big industrial plants. Lots of shapes, colors, required gear, interesting details, etc. that lend themselves to great visuals.

See if you agree with me that "Industry" as a subject can produce photos every bit as beautiful as a landscape in nature.

Enjoy,
Debby
INDUSTRIAL SHOOTS ARE MAGNIFICENT
They Don't Have to be Dark and Dirty Factories  
The Workers, Too, Have a Grandness About Them

I remember years ago when the idea of sending a photographer out to do a shoot at an industrial facility always required a scout day or two before the shoot day. That gave the photographer some time to have a look around and find the best places to shoot from. But also, more often than not, it gave him/her a chance to request a fresh paint job from the client and assemble a somewhat complicated rigging of the lights in order to make the facility "presentable."

 

These days, I'm not sure whether it's because companies have all spruced up their plants or because post-production expertise gets rid of the unsightliness, but industrial shoots are looking cleaner, brighter and more inviting.

 

In fact, these are my favorite kinds of shoots. Think about it. How many times have you stopped in front of a large construction project in your town or city just to watch what's going on for a few minutes? Bulldozers, steam shovels, high and mighty cranes. Fascinating, right? 

 

And it's not just construction sites that qualify as magnificent industry. What about car and airplane manufacturing? Actually any sort of assembly line industry. Really breath-taking! The best way to describe it is like a stage set with a well-choreographed dance of metal, robots, humans, and details.    

 

So have a look at some of the images from the DB&A photographers' industrial shoots, and let me know if you agree with me: from the exteriors to the workers to the details and finally the finished product, they're all visually captivating.

 

 

 


© Rosanne Olson (based in Seattle)


© Yasu Nakaoka (based in Tokyo)


  © Bill Gallery (based in New England)
 


© Amos Chan (based in New York City)


© Ron Wu (based in Chicago)


© Neal Wilson (based in the UK)


© Jon Love (based in Sydney, Australia)



© Robin Moyer (based in Hong Kong) Industrious wildcat miners can make as much as $700 per day digging in abandoned anthracite holes in the mountains above Bear Creek in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
 

I, for one, am surrounded by service companies. There's nothing wrong with that--I've had a service business of my own for almost 30 years! Just don't underestimate your audience's interest in big industry. The next best thing to being there, is to gaze upon magnificent images of it.


Be on the lookout for next month's word: STAPLES.

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