To maintain the great depth-of-field needed, I had to use two 800 Watt second White Lightnings to control contrast. I also used Tungsten gels to match the lights from the incandescent lights. White Balance was set for Tungsten for this particular picture. Â I also tested it with White Balance set on Daylight. Since I shoot JPEG and RAW most of the time, this really wasn’t necessary. I like to experiment to see which gives better results in various situaions. Â My camera was on a tripod and stopped down to f22. I used the self-timer since I didn’t have my cable or remote to trip the shuttter.
One of the best parts about being a freelancer is the variety of subjects I get to shoot.
Only the best-looking models are featured in magazines. These pictures were for Inland Empire magazine.
So long as you light everything to accentuate what’s there, you’ll be in good shape.
Executing in those instances is quite easy.
It’s usually a matter of figuring out what is unusual about the home.
Choosing when to close in on details.
Having a good working knowledge of color temperature and how to match the various light sources is very important.
For this bathroom picture, the masks you see are actually reflections on the mirror. Lighting is tough in confined spaces because mirrors limit where you can place strobes. This special â€œsinkâ€ actually had its own illumination, so I metered and based my exposure on that. ISO 200 4 sec @ f9. Then I had to fire my small Canon Speedlite at least 4 times to build up the exposure to match the exposure for the sink. Firing the flash 2 times has the effect of increasing its output 1 f-stop. I used my 17-35 mm f2.8 lens for shot.
A tripod and strobes are a must.
Since depth-of-field is important, slow shutter speeds close to 1 second is fairly common.
Kitchens are favorites with most magazine readers. It must have something to do with â€œfood.â€ There was nothing too complicated in this picture. I chose a higher viewpoint so that I could see the mirror-like finish of the granite counter top. Then, I metered to over-expose the exterior a little so that the distractions were blown out in the highlight areas outside. I adjusted my strobes to match the ambient household lights without over-powering them.
If the occupants of the house can swing it, twilight is sometimes a good time of the day to shoot.
It removes the distractions of powerlines and shrubbery but at twilight, you will need some serious power from your strobes to give you the small apertures needed. An assistant would be useful too. Since small apertures are what you’ll be after, expect to have your assistant trip the shutter while you â€œpaintâ€ the dwelling during long exposures.
The downside to photographing homes is often times you have to work around the owner’s schedule.
That means shooting at noon sometimes. In those instances, you hope there’s trees around which you can use as a natural frame.