With all the years I have been photographing sites across North America it’s the Surveyors and Geologists that get the least amount of camera time. I plan on changing that.
Surveyors for Cementation setup their precision equipment at Gowest Golds Bradshaw site. During a site visit I strategically plan out the operations that are happening that day so the photography can overlap each of the different departments that make up the companies team. By the end of the day the company will have a variety of custom images of the project along with social media “fillers” of the day to day operations. Photography on your website gallery or corporate presentations should be eye catching, slightly dramatic and though provoking. Specific images are created for the marketing materials needed while background components, composition and lighting are pre-planned depending on the final media output. Contact www.miningindustrialphotographer.com to start your custom photography portfolio. The struggling to find high impact images for your marketing materials is a real thing.
The leading lines created by the boom brings your eyes directly to the heart of the image as well as the heart of the equipment…………the operator. I think this is why I find the jumbo so appealing to photograph. The ambient light from the deck throws just enough illumination to light the booms without overpowering the surrounding environment where you might lose the line of sight due to the business of the whole scene.
Of course this is purely a photographers point of view but there is an essence of “art” within specific images created in the underground world.
While I am on site creating images that my clients require for their proposals, financial reports, websites or whatever the media is, I will also keep my eyes pealed for those “instagram” type scenarios. These images are not the bread and butter images used to showcase the full potential of the company but instead are used as “fillers” throughout their social media spectrum. To me, the proper photography term for these photos is “snapshot”. They are created on the fly where all you do is lift the camera and capture the moment you see it because after a few seconds the scenario is gone. These scenes are things we photographers see day in and day out and there are hundreds of them happening every day on the site that most people would not even consider a second look or thought. So the next time I am on site for your company, ask me to grab a few dozen of these “snapshots” for you to use in the upcoming months. No they do not have the same impact as my regular concept photography but they do serve a purpose with your companies social media branding.
IT’S SHERP FEVER!!!! Yup, I have Sherp Fever after a test drive to see what the Sherp can do!. Let’s just say it can do A LOT! ANYWHERE!. Coniston Industrial Park is now the Northern Ontario Dealer where you will be able inspect, test drive, rent and purchase this Titan of an ATV. That’s all I can say for now but I did grab a quick shot before I left. Stay tuned for more images with some upcoming Sherp capability shoots for Coniston Industrial Park.
I tend to get distracted while doing the most mundane task like digging an image out of my archives. I usually spend a copious amount of time looking through my other images of past clients that I have long forgotten about. Like the image below that I created for Pioneer Construction in 2012. So as I am looking for an image for one client, I tend to get distracted by my other clients images and time tends to spiral out of control. What I do like about this situation is that I get to see which images can stand the test of time and still be used today.
Last week I had the opportunity of starting the photo archive for my new client Gowest Gold along with the pleasure of having Chief Mine Geologist Rochelle as my tour guide. As usual I always like to create an image of the people on site and especially those who are taking the time to show me around. I hear a lot of the same responses when I ask if they would like their portrait taken and the most popular are “I hope you have a good camera”, “I have never taken a good picture” and my favorite “ugh”. Over the years I have heard them all and I have learned to quickly squash any doubts or nervousness about the portrait. I have my ways, but the key ingredients are professionalism and personality. I always tell them “I will never keep a bad image of you and I guarantee you will like your photo or YOU can hit the delete button on the back of the camera.” In the end, they love their images.
If your company is looking to start a Professional Photo Archive of images to be used to promote, market, record, archive and showcase your company, then contact me, James Hodgins, Professional Mining Industrial Photographer
Impact goes far beyond the photo. In fact, the impact of a photo can be influenced by the experience of the photography session. Anyone can create great images, it’s really not that hard. Impact however is something that needs to be obtained from the very beginning of the photography session and in some instances it starts with the phone call, how you communicate with your clients, how you educate them on the process, how carry yourself on site and how you prepare/present your images to your client. The impact of the image can be amplified to your clients when they consider all these factors and not just the image alone. Like any business, you need to behave, think, and respond like a professional. Take the below image. It’s not the prettiest to some, but to me I see an opportunity to create something that has visual impact by spending just a little time add the elements it needs to become a worthy image. The difference is obvious.
Recently I had the first time opportunity to crawl into and photograph a furnace from the inside. Recently built for Vale Sudbury Operations the rare instance of being inside one of these massive fabrications for the aspect of photographing the individuals and groups that carefully pieced it all together is another piece added to my industry photography puzzle.
“yup, that’s me testing the scene again”
If you enjoy the images I create, if you have liked and followed my blog and social media to see what new industry images I have created and wish you had higher impact images to showcase your business or company, drop me a line, email, text and let’s talk. Professional custom photography is an investment that is never a loss.