8. Photograph a factory at night
Opportunities for creating dramatic and beautiful images can often be found in industrial landscapes (check out our night photography tips for the architectural photographer).
Keen-eyed landscape pro Simon Butterworth spotted the similarities between the Grangemouth Oil Refinery in Scotland and the pipes and tubes of wind instruments, producing an image he calls ‘Orchestra: petrochemical magic’.
Simon arrived on location and found a good vantage point well away from the road, and framed an area of the factory that contained the maximum visual interest using a medium-length lens.
“This approach makes pictures with more impact than trying to squeeze the whole site into the frame,” Simon explains. “Don’t worry too much about the bright spotlights over-exposing. The long exposure makes stunning effects with blur from the smoke and steam.”
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- The ideal time for industrial photography is when there’s some residual light in the sky, but the factory lights are visible (check out our in-depth guide to Night Photography: how to set up your camera to shoot anything).
- The authorities can take a dim view of photographing factories, Simon warns, so always make sure that you get permission from the relevant people first.