A clean room is an environment, typically used in manufacturing or scientific research, that has a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust and chemical vapors. This place was pretty spotless. There were a few other rooms I had to don the cap and tyvek suit for. In these cases, I couldn’t bring a whole lot of equipment in the room with me. So the lighting is pretty basic in these shots. I knew it was more about capturing a great angle to show off a lot of what happens in the room. And how did I know that? I asked my client.
Sometimes the goal is different. I always ask my clients – what they are looking for in the photos? Are we showcasing the machine? It’s capabilities? The folks who are working with it? It’s essential to keep in mind the goal of the company when deciding what to photograph and how to do it.
For example the photos below were taken with the idea in mind that the machines look “massive and strong.” These monster machines are “well built”, and even thought there are many, many moving parts – everything fits together perfectly. The machines needed to “gleam.” And so they do… and then the client is happy. Then I am gleaming.