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Feb 19, 2012 20:57 |  #4546

First interior realty shots.

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Feb 19, 2012 22:29 |  #4547

TGrundvig wrote in post #13920243 (external link)
This should certainly save you a lot of time.

What program are you blending with? Sorry, I forget.

On another note, how well do you think this will work if the ambient frame has really bad blown out windows. Sometimes you just can't control the time of day you are at a home.

I've been playing around A LOT more in ACR and I'm kicking myself for not using it more in the past. I've had several recent shoots where I was able to pull decent window data back in from using ACR in a single frame image. The rooms with really blown windows I am able to tone it down, a lot. I'm starting to see how two frames could be all I need if properly processed in ACR prior to blending.

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When I shoot the ambient I let the windows blow out. I am capturing the interior with available light. The flash exposure is for window details and WB.

That is how I work. Process in ACR first then blend or HDR.

TGrundvig wrote in post #13920261 (external link)
Do you just hold the umbrella in front of the flash?

I remember reading a post a while back where people asked this one photog how he used flash and I was surprised when he said he pointed the on-camera flash back towards himself and then held up a white t-shirt and used it as the bounce. He said he found it easier to rotate slightly to get the light where he wanted. I have yet to try it myself, but his results showed it worked.

I do! :)

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I've been meaning to try doing and ambient and blending in a flash exposure for time purposes. My question is, what are you exposing for in the ambient? The wall?

Also, what setting are you using on the flash? On the camera?

I'm planning to shoot with an off-camera SL on a stand with a medium softbox (umbrella will be too cumbersome to walk through a house). Just curious about how others are doing this.

Once you have the exposures, how are you blending them? I'm guessing in PS?

Ambient is for room light not outside details.

Flash is camera mounted ETTL usually +1/3 for normal rooms and -1/3 for small bathrooms.

I find using an umbrella hand held very fast. Just fold it up and tuck under my arm with moving from room to room. I've gotten quite effecient with this. Multiple lights would dramatically slow down my shooting and time needed at a house BUT would yield better results. For my work flow and product this is the best option for me.

mikekelley wrote in post #13924722 (external link)
looking good! now drag the shutter and dial down the flash power and you can get the same result in one shot with the flashes placed a little differently :)

I can't see how. Slowing the shutter will blow the windows. I would need more lights to get similar looking results with one exposure and keep the windows. Like I just stated above would dramatically increase time on location. Never mind, one agent I shoot for always has staging persons there and I would go insane if I had to move 3 times the stands and deal with them at the same time. LOL Not to mention the pure nightmare of having to to take a photo then run to all the lights and adjust, take another etc. I don't have a budget for high-end triggers/transmitters so multiple lights are not a option for me with my clients and market. I am starting to kick at a dead horse here so I will just stop :).


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Feb 20, 2012 08:37 |  #4548

mchong75 wrote in post #13926929 (external link)
First interior realty shots.

Michael, these look very nice! Have you considered editing out the caustic reflected light above the headboard?

In the first image my eye wants to complete the left side of the arch and the ceiling light to the right of the ceiling fan seems really hot and distracting as well.

Your verticals are off in 2 and 3 and all of them look like they need lens correction (verticals are curved).

All in all, they look very nice to me.


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Feb 20, 2012 08:51 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #4549

Thanks TheReal7. I'm going to have to give that a try around my house. It looks like I'm about to get busy and I need to streamline my process a bit.




  
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Feb 20, 2012 08:53 |  #4550

David Arbogast wrote in post #13928762 (external link)
Michael, these look very nice! Have you considered editing out the caustic reflected light above the headboard?

In the first image my eye wants to complete the left side of the arch and the ceiling light to the right of the ceiling fan seems really hot and distracting as well.

Your verticals are off in 2 and 3 and all of them look like they need lens correction (verticals are curved).

All in all, they look very nice to me.

David,

Thanks for the tip.

I'll go back and try to rework them based on your suggestion.


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Feb 20, 2012 19:44 as a reply to  @ mchong75's post |  #4551

I love when I show up to an appt and the seller still has 30 minutes of cleaning left to do. :rolleyes: Sure, I've got time to kill, go ahead....take your time....and make sure you vacuum under the couch because that will show up in the photos. LOL


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Feb 20, 2012 21:21 |  #4552

TGrundvig wrote in post #13932245 (external link)
I love when I show up to an appt and the seller still has 30 minutes of cleaning left to do. :rolleyes: Sure, I've got time to kill, go ahead....take your time....and make sure you vacuum under the couch because that will show up in the photos. LOL

The seller must be a pixel pepper :cool:


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Feb 21, 2012 09:23 |  #4553

dachness wrote in post #13932876 (external link)
The seller must be a pixel pepper :cool:

LOL, like the ones that freak out because they forgot to dust something that is 15 feet away from the camera. It will NOT show up in the photos.

Or, after I am already there and taking photos they say 'I probably should have cleaned the windows, huh?' LOL Yep, you probably should have, but it is too late now.


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Feb 22, 2012 17:18 |  #4554

Hey guys and gals, been doing so reading on Exposure Fusion and Flash photography for real estate...and about blending both into a single image.

Here is what I've come up with after a shoot. First image is the exposure fusion, composed of 7 exposures (-3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3). Second is with using a flash, bounced off of the ceiling. Last one is Both images blended (FLash one is blended at 50% into the Exposure fusion one).

All images are without post processing other than the blending so please no need to mention the shadow on the ceiling or the dust specs on the sensor, I know ! :lol:

I just need your opinion on the blending of both images, what you would do differently or not. Feel free to play with the images...and Thank you for viewing.

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Feb 22, 2012 19:20 |  #4555

Too much yellow but otherwise, looks good. I can't offer anything beyond that as I don't have actual experience yet but it's always good to read about it here.


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Feb 22, 2012 19:46 |  #4556

Final blend looks good. As long as the WB matches what you saw in real life.


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Feb 22, 2012 20:49 |  #4557

Joe-Recon- The first would be perfect if you could pull the yellow down. I know with SNS-HDR Pro you can make adjustments to certain colors like that, or select the yellow and cool it down. Did you use Photomatix Pro to create this?


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Feb 22, 2012 21:14 |  #4558

SuperHuman21 wrote in post #13946856 (external link)
Too much yellow but otherwise, looks good. I can't offer anything beyond that as I don't have actual experience yet but it's always good to read about it here.

The room walls were bright yellow so maybe it could use a bit more yellow taking down.

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Final blend looks good. As long as the WB matches what you saw in real life.

TGrundvig wrote in post #13947678 (external link)
Joe-Recon- The first would be perfect if you could pull the yellow down. I know with SNS-HDR Pro you can make adjustments to certain colors like that, or select the yellow and cool it down. Did you use Photomatix Pro to create this?

Thanks T. I'll have a look at that software and let you know.


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Feb 22, 2012 21:44 as a reply to  @ Joe.Recon's post |  #4559

First stab at photographing interior. C&C very much welcomed. Thanks!

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Feb 22, 2012 21:47 |  #4560

Joe.Recon wrote in post #13947849 (external link)
The room walls were bright yellow so maybe it could use a bit more yellow taking down.

Thanks T. I'll have a look at that software and let you know.

I'm always trying to find ways to reduce steps. I have played around with blending a flash frame but the more I play with SNS the more I realize I don't need it. I've also been shooting in Auto WB and then adjusting the color casts in SNS in a matter of seconds. It has layer masks, curves, color selection for adjustment, intelligent selection, and more. I'm really liking this program and I think it has a functions that are very helpful. Not good for batch process because each image is different, but very good for getting really good results right from the program. Then, I just do little edits in PS and call it done.


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