Taking industrial machinery pictures - need help!

Started Apr 2, 2014 | Questions thread
Mark Scott Abeln
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Re: Taking industrial machinery pictures - need help!

Ooooo, I used to work in industrial maintenance.  Great fun, big expensive stuff.

A big problem, photographically, is that the photos were apparently taken with the on-board flash. That leads to distinctive shadows which tend to look rather poor in most cases. Typically, the camera's own flash is a last resort.

Generally speaking, you would get better results from a flash that is off-camera. Now, this doesn't have to be too intrusive — if you camera has a hot shoe, you can put a small adaptor on it, with a cable that goes to an external flash. Alternatively, you can use small wireless transmitters to do the same thing. All of this ought to fit into a pocket if small enough.

Since the built-in flash gives poor results, a counter-intuitive solution is to use a ring flash — a circular flash that goes around your camera lens. This provides a similar flat lighting, but eliminates most of the shadows around the subject, and is considered nice lighting.

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