Dramatic photograph of plasma cutting metal with a shower of sparks

I Finished Editing and processing some new Industrial work, great job, a great client, and well pleased with the results. I can now claim to be an expert at plasma cutting photography.

This Plasma Cutting photography for Esprit was a large commission of 6 days, at locations throughout the country.   A specialist manufacturer of CNC flame & plasma cutting machines. It was great to get such a substantial and meaty Industrial photography job.

This commission was to provide content for their new Website. Most importantly to provide images for a new Library of fresh resources

Esprit Manufacturing Nottingham

I spent a couple of days at their manufacturing base in Nottingham to break me into the Plasma process. Where I had more control over lighting and the environment. That proved to be invaluable, as the difficulty of the photography did come as a slight shock.

It was the extreme contrast between the arc of the cutting torch, the machine itself, and the surroundings of the factory. Add to that its constant movement, which resulted in producing a different plume of sparks, and smoke in each position.

And again this varied, depending on the stages of the cut, thickness of metal, and where it is positioned on the cutting bed.

Subsequently off on our travel’s, to Esprit Clients. To photograph the recently installed machine. Tasked with showing them doing the work they are designed for.

Traveling up to Newcastle, over to Tamworth and Leicester, and back to Nottingham.

Each client at each location was brilliant. Putting up with all the usual photography requests, ‘this is defiantly the last time, sorry just one more.’ 

With all the technical challenges I am extremely pleased with the end results. With such a large commission you can’t help but become familiar with the processes. And now something of an expert at plasma cutting photography.

I do enjoy the Challenges that Industrial Photography throws up, with all the difficulties. The lack of light and sometimes dirty plants, crafting a powerful image still gives me a kick.

Selection of Final Edits