Anatomy of a Photo

January 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Recently I photographed a beautiful home in Oneida that had a nice open concept and high ceilings in the living room.  I found a composition that really showed a lot of different spaces in one photo so I thought I'd post the "method behind my madness" so to speak when making a photograph.  The first photo below is straight out of the camera with no editing.  After looking at it on my tablet (connected wirelessly to my camera), I then began the task of identifying areas that needed extra attention (ie lighting).
I definitely wanted to draw attention to the kitchen, the far room with the french door, the hallway, the upper sitting area, and the staircase.  The two living room chairs in front I lit standing next to the camera, but I then proceeded to take my flash and "walk into the photo" to light other areas separately.  I labeled the finished photo below with numbers so you can see exactly where I lit.  The kitchen was such a big area that I decided to light the left-side cabinets, then the ones facing the camera (marked #1 and #2).  Area #3 was easy (far room) and so was the hallway (#6).  The area at the top of the stairs was a bit trickier.  I decided to light the hallway just a bit so it did not look like a cave (#4), then I bounced a light off the ceiling to add some highlights to the bookcase and chair (#5).  The last area was the entryway and staircase (#7) which a bounced flash off a wall at full power took care of.  Lighting done!
After looking at the photos on my tablet, I was fairly confident I could piece together something really good with Photoshop.  After combining all the different photos all I had left to do was straighten the verticals and do some minor tweaking and presto!  Finished photo delivered to agent!

 


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