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Aug 09, 2010 15:55 |  #16

Stop Mike!! :) You're making me drool....... What nice homes!!!

Very nice and appealing shots again!


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Aug 09, 2010 19:24 |  #17

Hah- thanks - but trust me, it's tougher to spend a few hours in each of these five nights a week ;)


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Aug 09, 2010 19:25 |  #18

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I have a walk-through for a project this Thursday so I'm hoping to be able to post some shots next week.

This place will be a challenge as it's a recording studio with VERY moody lighting. Plus I'm going to be shooting during a fully staffed work day.

Mike - thanks for posting the combo lighting shots as I've been trying to figure out in my head the best way to deal with the extreme lights/darks in the recording spaces.

Thanks too for the earlier response - I meant to say that earlier when I first read it. :lol:

I've shot a recording studio before, probably much like you describe. Gelled lights, wood paneling, soundproofing foam, etc etc. They can really be fun to shoot and you can get some awesome moody shots. I'd try with the flash and without the flash, they can be very cool places to play with dark and light with regards to shadows.


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Aug 09, 2010 19:32 |  #19

That's exactly what I was planning to do. There are some details in the flooring that I need to work on too as well as some custom art and steel details. My husband built the space so this is a portfolio shoot that needs to show off special construction details and I really need to get it right. No pressure or anything though. :lol:


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Aug 09, 2010 22:01 |  #20

Great stuff, something I've thought about this as well and after speaking to a few high end realtors I've been told its a thing thats coming to an end execpt for HIGH END homes. Most are turning to video and p&s for there photos to save money on the listing......I hope their wrong




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Aug 09, 2010 22:16 |  #21

That would suck. However, I don't think anyone serious about selling a house is going to get P+S shots.

The value added by professional shots far, far outweighs their initial cost.

Here's a good article from the NYT that sums it up:

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I wouldn't worry too much- there is always going to be high-end real estate. People want to make the most money, and in order to do so, quality photography is one element that will get the most people in the house to look at it, and subsequently, purchase.


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Aug 10, 2010 03:42 |  #22

Here's another attempt from a shoot tonight at the flash/HDR blend. I think I'm getting better but...hard to say after another editing bender.

6 separate exposures blended. Three for shadows and highlights, and three flash exposures for color, contrast, whites, etc. Photomatix for the initial +/- 2ev blend and Photoshop for the flash blends. Windows masked in from a -2ev frame. Condo was staged ahead of time for me. I used a 430EXII on full blast and walked around with a remote in my hand popping off the flash where I felt it was necessary. Pocketwizard Flex and Mini.

I am falling in love with this technique. Problem is it takes so freakin' long! From setting up the shot, chimping all the flash exposures so you have the light where you want it with no harsh shadows, masking in windows, adjusting opacity of layers, erasing excess, etc etc.

What I do like about this kind of photography is that it keeps me honest. Can't blame the model for being fat, can't blame the weather for not cooperating, can't blame the lights in the stadium for sucking, can't blame my equipment, if I botch something, it's all me.

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Aug 14, 2010 19:17 |  #23

and on the total opposite side of the spectrum from a 6 shot comp, here's one with no lighting, one exposure, just ambient. the verticals on the left side look funky but there was a fireplace with an angled flue.

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Aug 14, 2010 19:29 |  #24

New Lurker. Thanks for inviting me, Mike!


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Aug 19, 2010 01:23 |  #25

Excellent idea for a thread Mike. I'll add some soon to this - nothing close to your level


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Aug 19, 2010 21:50 as a reply to JustinL's post |  #26

I'm wondering if you've tried a tilt shift lens on your shoots, Mike.




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Aug 19, 2010 23:47 |  #27

Viper - I've tried one before I got into the real estate thing, and loved it. I would love a 17L ts/e but at this point it would be a huge stretch in my budget, and my clients love my work as it is (and really, it would be nice to have, but I'm booked solid two weeks out, and I don't think the jump in quality is justified at this point, maybe down the road if I decide to pursue editorial work I'll grab one)


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Aug 20, 2010 00:01 |  #28

Yes, this is sorely needed forum stop, for sure!


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Aug 20, 2010 00:25 |  #29

Here's some recent shots of mine. These were taken a bit later than I'd wanted, so I'll be re-shooting them earlier in the evening. These were pretty unprocessed, single shots from 5D2 and 16-35L.

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Aug 20, 2010 00:34 |  #30

Todd they look great. Good verticals, everything lit well. I think you nailed it- probably just want to shoot them earlier to get some sky in there as you said. The warm rocks and wood would play wonderfully with a nice cobalt blue sky.


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