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Jun 19, 2015 22:40 as a reply to  @ post 17603934 |  #7156

Thank you for the feedback!

I think adding a few bracketed shots to merge would have produced better results in my shot below. Took quite a bit of post work to produce something presentable.

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Jun 20, 2015 07:50 as a reply to  @ post 17603696 |  #7157

My only issue is the dark room on the left in the first image, it looks out of place with the rest of shot, maybe bump the exposure by 1/2 to 3/4 of a stop.


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Jun 20, 2015 09:33 |  #7158

I was reading a photo blog the other day, can't remember which one and it was comparing the noise levels of 3 shot vs 5 shot HDR merges in LR and the end result was the more images used the better.

Just in case it's info that is useful... BRIDGE CC will also do the merges for HDR and Panos that LR will.


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Jun 20, 2015 12:43 |  #7159

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I was reading a photo blog the other day, can't remember which one and it was comparing the noise levels of 3 shot vs 5 shot HDR merges in LR and the end result was the more images used the better.

Just in case it's info that is useful... BRIDGE CC will also do the merges for HDR and Panos that LR will.

Many of the tutorials on the web suggest 2 stop brackets, I guess because it covers more ground in fewer exposures, but some of the stuff I've read suggests that brackets that far apart leave gaps in the response that result in noise and transitions that are a bit crude. My experience is that using 1 stop brackets produces better work as long as the exposures chosen are adjacent. If you skip some, it's just like a 2 stop bracket. Traditional HDR has the reputation of being noisy (among other flaws) while EF, I guess because it's little more than automated blending, reduces noise (like multi-scanning film maybe?). LR's HDR merge seems to work differently and the DNG file it produces leaves lots of room to play.

Digireblva, I looked at that entire shaded patio area when i was bringing up the windows in PS. I thought about leaving the shaded area brighter but decided it looked unnatural. You are right about the room, maybe a slight touch of brightness there would help. If I had thought of it on site, leaving the lights on in the room would have been good.


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Jun 20, 2015 13:37 |  #7160

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My only issue is the dark room on the left in the first image, it looks out of place with the rest of shot, maybe bump the exposure by 1/2 to 3/4 of a stop.

Here it is with a little touch of the LR adjustment brush (about 1.25 stops). See what you think. Still might be better if that room had some lights on but I can't fix that.


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Jun 20, 2015 18:35 |  #7161

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Here it is with a little touch of the LR adjustment brush (about 1.25 stops). See what you think. Still might be better if that room had some lights on but I can't fix that.
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Like that better, being that much darker than the rest of the sceƱe, I kept noticing it. What you have now looks a bit more natural with the overall scene.


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Jun 21, 2015 17:45 |  #7162

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Nice image, cool place. Your other photos of this space are very nice, especially the tighter kitchen and dining/kitchen combo. Keep your eye out for some of those distracting reflections though, especially in stainless/glass appliances, I would recommend either flagging them altogether, or capture one frame with offending light sources flagged out.

Why no lights on? Can anyone tell me why this is a thing? I see it quite a bit in interior images, but I always shoot with them on. Is this something that clients request?

Anyways, did you consider moving any of the furniture? I don't think the chairs in the foreground add any value, and kind of pull your eye away from the rest of the space, especially considering the way wide angles distort close objects. This ultrawide approach is great for real estate, but not necessarily for other purposes. Identify the important elements of a space, and leave out anything that is not. I would also recommend shooting between f8 and f11 for maximum sharpness and depth of field, shooting at anything less doesn't help unless you want selective focus.




  
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Jun 21, 2015 21:14 as a reply to  @ mltn's post |  #7163

I think the lights off thing is for people who take multiple exposures and merge, as to avoid mixing different light sources and ending up with a white balance nightmare.


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Jun 21, 2015 21:30 |  #7164

The lights are on in all three but the living room was quite bright so they don't show much. I always turn on all the lights and I try to retain detail in the lights. If you look at lights in a room, you can always see detail so that's what I'm trying to do.

I understand what you mean about the reflections. I'm not too concerned about naturally occurring ones but I absolutely do not tolerate reflections of a flash or me and/or my camera. In fact the bathroom in this house was quite difficult because there were lots of mirrors that limited where I could place a camera.

I agree with you about the furniture. For the owner's benefit, I try not to disturb more than necessary but there are several images from this job that could have been made better by moving some furniture. I probably need to get more aggressive about moving things.

Thanks for the critical comments. I appreciate them very much.


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Jun 22, 2015 00:03 |  #7165

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I agree with you about the furniture. For the owner's benefit, I try not to disturb more than necessary but there are several images from this job that could have been made better by moving some furniture. I probably need to get more aggressive about moving things.

It's easier this way, but when you know something's going to be better a certain way, you just have to make it happen when you can. I have older work that doesn't make my portfolio only because I could have styled them so much better.




  
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Jun 22, 2015 00:05 |  #7166

Want to share an exterior I just finished. It's a combination of strobes, natural light, and a few hours of post work, CC welcome.


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Jun 22, 2015 08:05 |  #7167

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I think the lights off thing is for people who take multiple exposures and merge, as to avoid mixing different light sources and ending up with a white balance nightmare.

Nope, I leave mine on, but add a OCF to help with color issues when I merge...


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Jun 22, 2015 08:08 |  #7168

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Why no lights on? Can anyone tell me why this is a thing? I see it quite a bit in interior images, but I always shoot with them on. Is this something that clients request?

Take a look at Architectural Digest....every home they show has lights off, its all natural light...it just looks too cool and uninviting personally...


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Jun 22, 2015 08:09 as a reply to  @ mltn's post |  #7169

Almost doesn't look real, looks more like an illustration because the building is so much brighter then its surroundings...


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Jun 22, 2015 11:53 as a reply to  @ digirebelva's post |  #7170

Thanks for the feedback, this is a personal shoot, so I just wanted to have fun with it, so I guess that's the look I was going for. The surroundings, especially on the right side past the building, are pretty unsightly, so I wanted to minimize that, but maybe it's too dark back there.




  
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