Working in industrial settings to get photos or video can be very challenging.


In almost all cases we are all required to wear PPE’s (personal protection equipment), adhere to strict safety protocals, and generally, get in and out as quickly as possible (ASAP).

The situation could be dangerous regardless of safety equipment and safety measures taken. Dangerous gases, height, falling objects, slippery surfaces, toxic chemicals, noise levels, air quality and temperatures are all factors that we might encounter.

That’s the safety aspect of it, let’s talk about the technical challenges that we often find ourselves working with. The location may have mixed lighting, possibly 2 or 3 artificial light sources, sometimes mixed with daylight, and vibrations that make video work, or long exposures with photos near impossible. 

The plant site interior portrait was shot in a mixed lighting environment. Additional lighting was supplied by several portable LED video lights, setup to the left, far right and behind our subject for some edge and separation lighting,  

We balanced our exposure and colour temperature using filters on the lighting, and fine tuned the final images on the computer. 

We also had to deal with vibrations coming from all the surrounding industrial equipment. A combination of camera stabilization and shutter speed, provided a remedy for this problem.

Our video footage was captured with much the same solutions, we isolated and stabilized the camera to enable the capture. Stabilization was also added in post-production for our final output footage.

The image on the right was shot entirely outside, using a mix of daylight, mercury vapour lamp and a portable LED light.

Our subject was in one hydraulic bucket, approximately 4 meters below us, and we were in another bucket at a height of 20 meters.

Because of the safety hazards involved, we were in PPE’s, as well as harnesses. Our cameras were also tethered to the bucket to ensure we didn’t have any falling objects.

We had to ensure that the weather cooperated as well, so some careful planning went into this, prior to us even arriving at the job site. 

Low light shooting, longer exposures and things moving are not conducive to a successful shoot under these conditions. We did use camera stabilization on the shoot, and also in post production.

As with the first shoot, we also captured this scene to both photo and video cameras.