Who knew so much goes into making an industrial sieve?
Last week we were on location with Glenammer Engineering in Ayr to photograph their product range.
Last week we were on location with Glenammer Engineering in Ayr to photograph their product range.so chasing reflections or I should say “removing reflections” from their highly polished stainless steel surfaces that are not only shiny but also very curvy...
We had to mitigate the reflections generated in Alistairs office as much as possible the including our own reflections... So, we had to do was construct a make-shift lighting tent that could cope with quite a few sieves being photographed at the same time. Thank goodness for Justin Clamps, A Clamps, Mini Bull Clips, a good 6x4ft diffuser, 9m of white flooring and 4 large shower curtains. “ William Heath Robinson” would have been proud! 🧐
So, what should have been a 2 day shoot turned into a 4 day shoot. Three for the stills and then a final day of doing video for their social media accounts. Had there been the budget I would have hired a pure white product studio and bought those paper suits that you see crime scenes investigators wearing on the news. Although not 100% perfect, it did the job nicely because as my old College lecturer used to say “Perfection is the enemy of efficiency” and that has been proved correct time and again.
Lighting wise the shoot could have not been simpler. A single strobe at 1/4 power place high and right. This was then fired through 2 stops diffuser and all the white inside bounced the light everywhere. What little black reflections there were only help to show off the shape of the stainless steel... 👌
Camera settings were ISO100 - F5.6 - 1/125th - Flash White balance and the camera shot RAW+the Jpeg’s would have been perfect for my client. Although I had the A630 and A6500 available in the bag. I choose to use the A6000 because I still love that wee camera and when it comes to these kind of setups you could never tell the difference between the different Sony Alpha cameras.
95% of the time these I am in Adobe Lightroom and I am especially loving it since the updated Lightroom CC and changed its name to Lightroom Classic with Lightroom CC being represented by the mobile and online versions of the app. But, there times when Photoshop is still required and on those occasions it blows me away that the retouching tools like content-aware fill, spot healing, and the “OG” clone stamp tool 🤓 So, filling bits of background and removing rogue wood chips has never been easier. What used to take minutes and hours, now takes seconds and a lot less minutes to retouch.
You can see where the lighting falls off on the left but that will be a very quick fix back in Lightroom.
In other news this particular blog posted was typed out on my new Apple Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro. I think one of the main reasons I am always forgetting to blog is because my main MacBook Pro is forever working so along with the Apple Pencil I have bought their keyboard, so that I can write up a post from anywhere. Also, speaking of “anywhere” nice segway Stu, 😂
Aerialpixls will soon have a new worldwide HQ lol. We are currently preparing to move 3 miles away back into Ayr and that means I will have a brand new studio/office with the highest ceilings... 😎 That means I will get the chance to finally do the conceptual composite images that have been brewing up in my head for the past 2 years. This also means that I will be outside DJI’s 4, which makes life easier when it comes to doing firmware updates and flight tests before we go an aerial shoot.