So I've been asked to come into a location here in my home state that is an indoor water park, with some really difficult lighting.
Here is the email I got from the client who wants me to come in and take pictures better than the ones in the dropbox link...they were not shot by me, just a previous shoot he had done.
Here's a Dropbox folder with them. No login needed.
Essentially, the biggest problem is harsh contrast. Too dark shadows, blown out highlights. The water park is a glass building, so whichever way you take the pic, it's almost always against the light. Also, no ceiling - except under the tipping bucket "second floor" - so nowhere to bounce flash off.
One obviously wants to keep some of the harsh lighting to convey the sense of a bright summer day to the people's subconsciousness. Especially because we are an indoor water park, opened year round, so we want to attract people in the fall and winter with pictures that will make them associate the summer atmosphere with the place, and hopefully come and pay.
Any advice on how to shoot this, I usually shoot in natural light, outdoors but its portraits and I can guide the people to get in front of a setting sun (or rising sun), here is not the same. Would ND filters do well with this situation, or maybe just getting the right exposure for each shot? I can't tell from the photos in the dropbox if they were shot with a decent camera or not.