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For The Love of Industrial Photography

1024 683 Michael Kraabel

In industrial and commercial environments, photography and filmmaking offer a unique and exhilarating experience, teeming with challenges and opportunities distinct from traditional settings. At least for me.

These locations are more than just backdrops; they are vibrant landscapes of creativity and innovation, filled with interesting textures, surfaces, and man-made materials that demand a photographer’s keen eye and adaptability. I’ve photographed and filmed in some pretty unique locations.  The best part about each shoot is that I feel like I am not only learning, but uncovering the hidden secrets behind the face of a company the outside world is allowed to view.

Most people would just see a bustling laboratory or a busy dental lab. While it might appear chaotic and lacking beauty, to a photographer like myself, it’s a goldmine of moments waiting to be captured. Each corner of these spaces tells a story; each person’s day is a chapter in a larger narrative of craftsmanship and precision. It’s not just about photographing objects or people; it’s about immortalizing the essence of their work and the spirit of their contribution to their craft.  The hands at work make interesting subjects.

One such experience was during a photo shoot at a dental lab in Ottawa. This wasn’t just any assignment; it was an integral part of a rebranding program initiated by Stratasys, a leader in 3D printing technology. The mission was clear: to capture compelling content that showcased how 3D printing is revolutionizing the industrial and medical fields.

The Ottawa lab was a hive of innovation (at least in this industry), utilizing 3D printing technology in groundbreaking and interesting ways. Dental implants, dentures, and molds for crowns were being crafted with precision and care, demonstrating the incredible potential of 3D printing in healthcare.

As a photographer, this presented an opportunity to capture images of cutting-edge technology and tell an interesting story of modern medical technology.

The day spent at the lab was a chance to delve into an aspect of the industry that often goes unnoticed by the public eye. Every photograph taken was a testament to the work behind the scenes – work that impacts lives and shapes the future.