As commercial photographers with a broad range of subject matter, Bedford Lemere & Co. worked in all kinds of environments. They photographed buildings from busy streets in broad daylight, and from dimly lit rooms within. They made portraits and took photographs of furniture or objets d'art in showrooms, studios and clients' homes.
The company used large cameras and 12 x 10 inch glass plates. Although cumbersome and heavy, the equipment was expertly used to produce images of remarkable clarity.
The photographer used a small lens aperture to give sharp definition, so for dark interiors he might have to expose the negatives for the best part of an hour. Darkroom skills were important too. To hide unwanted details or to highlight important objects, he would apply ink or tissue paper to the developed negatives before printing.