Re: Hardware Technical Writing and Photos

Subject: Re: Hardware Technical Writing and Photos
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 15:41:21 -0800

Jonathan Soukup wrote:

> So this has got me to thinking. How many other hardware technical writers take pictures for their manuals and publications? Is this a common practice or do most folks simply hire a professional photographer to do this kind of thing?

It depends. I've done both. But many companies, I find, are
reluctant to hire a professional of any sort. That's why I end up
doing all sorts of things I never really expected to do.

> Which brought me to another question? Is there such a thing as a technical photographer? Would it be possible to work as a contractor and be a technical photographer?

I've heard that this speciality exists, although I've only met one
person who called himself a technical photographer. I gather that
much of his work included beauty shots for products, as well as
technical shots.

As anyone who has tried it knows, doing this sort of photography can
be very demanding. It's hard to get the lighting set up properly,
and easy to take a shot that has either too much detail or too many
distracting shadows to be useful. At least in my very limited
forays, I found that a graphics program was needed to reduce these
problems to produce even adequate results.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
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