Industrial photography frequently involves having to shoot in a factory where products are manufactured and assembled before being shipped out. The environment is not photographic friendly. The photographer has to deal with sodium-vapor lamps, that are normally the main source of electrical light, which add a green cast to the images. In addition, there is often large open roller door/s letting in bright sunlight. Despite the occurrence of a photo shoot the doors usually have to stay open to avoid disruption to the workshop operation, resulting in part of the object that needs photographing getting overexposed.
Tim Salix has the equipment to overcome these issues. He can erect two 3m x 3m vinyl backdrops to block out the sun. His Swiss-made Elinchrom lights can have double power-packs installed, putting out 4,800 watts from two lights. This not only overcomes the negative affect of the factory’s sodium-vapor lighting, it also has the power to correctly illuminate the largest items. Especially, when the lights have attached silver-lined 2-metre open reflectors firing backwards, to provide consistent lighting across any object. This type of reflector is superior than the traditional enclosed diffuser softboxes to photograph sizeable reflective surfaces.