Whether downloading from the Hydro photo gallery, commissioning a photo shoot, or finding stock imagery, high quality photos are critical in creating genuine and authentic Hydro communication.
When shooting original imagery, use the examples shown in this manual as a visual reference, and follow style considerations to capture the essence of our brand image style.
We do not expect each image to reflect all elements of our brand, but they should convey some of them and certainly not contradict them.
At this point, the examples shown in this manual are not original Hydro brand images. The manual will be updated with original photography once photo shoots and post production has been completed. Many of the example images are sourced from the Sapa brand image library, and with proper adjustments, most of these can continue to function as brand images under the Hydro name.
Hydro’s brand image style has been developed to unite all business areas through a consistent photographic expression while covering a broad scope of Hydro’s business - from small, local units to large-scale global projects. Both in color and black and white, the photography elevates our business and projects an extroverted, innovative, sustainable, professional and contemporary theme.
Our brand images are divided into five different categories - the five “P’s”:
The tangible raw material. Bauxite, alumina, water and aluminium.
The images in this category are detailed close-ups and macro shots. Textures, reflections and tactility are accentuated through light and shadows. Black and white is particularly suited for images of alumina and aluminium, while color is highly recommended for images of bauxite and water.
Authenticity and unity defined through diversity, professionalism, collaboration, caring and warmth.
These images focus on people and their expressions: eyes, faces, personality and moods. They portray real Hydro employees in real environments, using charismatic people who act naturally in front of the camera. The category includes portraits and situational shots of single employees as well as people working together. Both black and white and color are allowed. Black and white is especially recommended for close-up portraits.
Expertise defined through innovation, precision, quality, safety and reliability.
Process category images depict the specific course of events associated with a certain task or business unit. The images may include people; however, the main focus should be on the tasks they perform. Situations or scenarios must be authentic and situational scenes should demonstrate our focus on innovation and sustainability. Color images dominate this category.
The refined result. Innovative and sustainable aluminium solutions.
Whenever possible, product images are shot in a controlled studio environment. Large and/or heavy items that cannot be easily transported may be shot where they are with portable lights and backgrounds. Images are clean and crisp, and present our products in an artistic way through interesting compositions and carefully considered lighting. All images are in color, but they are very subdued.
Environmental responsibility defined through awe-inspiring
Sustainable development is at the very core of Hydro, and caring for the natural environment that surrounds us is one of our most important tasks. The images in this category are nature photography from the areas in which we operate. Structures related to Hydro’s business (such as dams) may be included in the images as long as the surrounding environment dominates the image. Only color images should feature in this category.
Color grading examples
The examples show adjustments that have been made to obtain the proper Hydro look. Use them as a reference when starting a new project.