Oil Gas Industrial Photographers.
Photography for investor communications worldwide.
In the quiet calm environment of an oil refinery control room there is the almost gentle in-audible voices of engineers and process techniciancians optimizing flows, temperatures and storage from the refining process.
It’s a serious business, small adjustments to keep the process operation at it’s peak efficiency.just think one or two a cents multiplied by millions would hit the bottom line very hard. However the main and most important role these control room operatives perform is safety, keeping the whole process of high temperatures and pressures mixed with a combustable product require constant vigilance.
So setting up to take photography of people working needs a little planning, understanding and the minimum of disruption. Get the right viewpoint first then set the lighting.but warn everyone in advance you are using electronic flash.sudden sparks of bright light don’t go down well in this environment.then wait.
Wait for breaks in the activity to get a few moments to engage with the ‘models’, get a few frames shot and wait again as they attend to a request from a process worker over the radio out on the refinery to switch a valve.then have it confirmed.watch the screens to set the changes.confirm that the process is with range.then grab a few more variations on the images shot.
Control rooms like these be they on or offshore, oil, petrochemical, energy production and infact any place where remote instrumentation is used are all screens and keyboards. If you think about it.mostly you only see the backs of the operatives facing the screens.not the best set up to see the faces of the people.
Getting just the right viewpoint and guiding the guys into a natural position that tells the story is a bit of an art, getting a natural look to the people and showing the working environment takes a bit of time.being photographed is not the most natural of things, but creating a natural looking image that tells the story is the reward for the planning and work.
I should say from the outset that without the willingness and good will to suffer the photographer taking hundreds of pictures that all look the same (it’s the smallest of changes that make an image come together) I could not produce image content that represents the business I’m shooting for, thank you to everyone who has stood in an uncomfortable position, sat unnaturally close to a screen.and their co-workers..had thier tidy desks made photographer tidy..and still offered me a coffee or water. Thank you.