5 Secrets to Great Lab Photography

5 Secrets to Great Lab Photography

With a little bit of planning, your next lab photography shoot for your web site and client presentations can be quick, painless and beautiful!

Great Lab Photo Secrets
Great Lab Photo Secrets

#1. Plan for a Successful Photoshoot

Make a list of the photos you want, the areas you want to feature and where they will “live” on your web page. Walk through your lab and pick out pieces of equipment that may make a great high light for your capabilities page. Do you have an interesting break room that could work for a page about your corporate culture?

Lab Technician Pippetting
Lab Technician Pippetting

#2. Scout your lab with your photographer

A professional photographer can help you decide what will work in a photograph and what will be a distraction. They can also help you decide how many people can be in that photo and what will need to be cleaned up. The walk through will also help to create a realistic schedule for how long each photo should take. And, often, the photographer will see other potential images that will help to illustrate your company.

Corporate Lab Culture
Corporate Lab Culture

#3. Prepare … everything!

Before the shoot, make sure that you have clean and pressed lab coats that fit your people. Clean up the spaces around the shooting area so that they look professional and don’t have distractions. Get any safety gear ready, such as appropriate gloves and safety goggles. Make sure that hair, makeup and other wardrobe items are appropriate and planned for.

Also, let your people know when the shoot will take place so that they can plan their work around the schedule and not be upset about having a photography crew in their midst.

Lab Technician in the Lab
Lab Technician in the Lab

#4. Let there be Light!

Sometimes, natural or ambient light can be used in a set. But, more often, the photographer will choose to bring in their own lights for better control, more even lighting and even for artistic elements. This means more gear in the space than you may be used to. But, at the end the images will be better for it!

Great Lab Photos
Great Lab Photos

#5. Review the Images

We almost always shoot tethered, which means that the photographs show up on our laptop while we are on set. That way, we can review each image to see if it works compositionally, if we have all the correct props and safety gear in each image and we can make changes and recommendations easily on set. You can also provide important feedback about how the image should look. Should it be horizontal or vertical? Should there be another technician in the background? Is that microscope necessary or a distraction?

If you follow these secrets to great lab photography, you will have a great shoot and your investment of time and resources will give you great results!

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