Caught a quick glimpse of the new Rokion brochure while at #miningtransformed show at Norcat. When Michael Poupore requested the image I immediately thought about the beginning of the Camaro scene in the 1985 movie “Better Off Dead” with John Cuzack ~ https://lnkd.in/gnPNCG4C
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I positioned the boom specifically to block the light. I liked how the ceiling light backlit the Rockbreaker and background but I still needed a bit of light to highlight the front of the arm as well. Overall your attention is drawn into my subject, the ScaleBOSS..
So you have your mining equipment out in your yard and you grab a few quick snaps with your cellphone to showcase your beautiful creation to the world but it doesn’t have the “impact” you were hoping for? I wonder why.
One reason is because your surroundings are really not relevant to the equipment or the background is so distracting that your product is lost in the overall image. When I photograph Manufacturers equipment for their social media and marketing materials I try to get the equipment in the environment it was made for so that potential clients can “SEE” and relate to the product. If that can’t take place, the next best thing is to not have a background at all, like placing the equipment on a white background (or any color of your choice). Sounds simple but it is a tedious task as factors in lighting, composition and exposures are influential not to mention the post production on the image to extract the product. I know for a fact your cellphone can’t do most of those things and why would you want to? It’s not your job, it’s not your profession. You have skilled employees that specialize in their trades (welding, electrical and diagnostics} to get the job done right so why does that aspect not carry over into the photography, the most important “visual” component that your potential clients ALWAYS look at?
You would be surprised at the amount of time it takes to create the below images and how cost effective it is to hire a professional Mining Industrial Photographer to create your marketing images for you. Leave this job to me, so that you can focus on the more important things in your company.
Most of the time I find myself on sites above and below ground where the color white is very seldom clean, let alone clinic quality clean. Another part of my job is photographing my clients products big and small to be showcased on a neutral background for their website or product catalog. It’s a tedious task with multiple lighting scenarios, sometimes in cramped spaces or dark underground passes but the end result “especially on a high key white background” speaks volumes when the final image/product is finished. If you are showcasing your products, there is one of two ways of doing it. 1. you show the product in it’s element doing it’s job or 2. you isolate the product like the image below. Either way the final image needs to look PROFESSIONAL. If you are using your cell phone or employee DSLR to take a snap in your showroom or parking lot, you are doing yourself, your company, and your product a disservice. Consistency is what your clients want to see, not just in your product, but in your companies brand.
Shooting in the Salt Flats is something that is on my bucket list but at the moment all I can muster up is some snow in a cold Ontario Winter day. Looks like Salt. LOL
James Hodgins is a Professional Mining Industrial photographer based out of Sudbury Ontario Canada.