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All about the Handrail Creations Photoshoot

I especially love doing commercial photography with local businesses. And although I’m very happy to travel all over, there’s something nice about keeping the local economy ticking over.

As such it was great to work with Handrail Creations in Bolton. An interesting photoshoot too. Handrail Creations design and manufacture beautiful wooden handrails, and they approached me to capture the various manufacturing processes and skills they have.es

Working in dusty and dark environments is always a challenge, added to the fact that they are working businesses. Therefore, speed and adaptability were the order of the day. Working with two Canon Speedlite 430s connected wirelessly and umbrellas I was able to significantly improve the lighting without having large power units or cables running everywhere. In an ever-changing environment, this was, in essence, particularly handy. Accordingly, I can move quickly to shoot some hand finishing, or get out of the way as and when I need to.

The most challenging aspect was photographing a detail of one of the processes without giving too much away. After the machine was set up, I climbed inside the machine. Under strict supervision, I then shot some extremely close up details using only available light.

My particular favourite part of the shoot though is shooting the two young craftsmen who do all the hand finishing. Again shooting and setting up quickly, I was able to capture some great shots of the lads.