Environmental portraits | Industrial photography
Manufacturing facilities are often dark and difficult to photograph properly. It's especially difficult to create an employee portrait in which the background behind him or her is also visible.
At this manufacturing plant, we liked the graphic lines of the overhead pipes and duct work. To create multiple photographic layers in the final image, we used a four-light system.
The main Speedlight unit is positioned high and is zoomed to 105mm, which focuses the light on the worker and makes it seem as if the worker is being light from existing light from the factory.
Three other Speedlight units are gelled with blue and red to illuminate the trail of pipes running overhead. The three Speedlights also help illuminate the machines that are part of the manufacturing operations.