How Architectural Digest Changed My Style, Part Two

February 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
In part one I described how subscribing to Architectural Digest changed how I view interior spaces and how that influences my composition choices.  In this part I will discuss how AD had an influence on how I light spaces.  Starting out shooting interiors I made the assumption that the more light I pumped into a photo the better it was.  Looking back at some of my earlier work, I cringe knowing that I took the lighting too far and therefore killed the mood of the room/space.  The photo at right is a great composition, but I overlit both the far bedroom and especially the bathroom.
As more issues of AD kept arriving I could not help but notice how subtle the lighting was.  There were actual shadows and dark spots (just like in real life)!  Go figure.  I noticed the feeling/mood of the images was much more natural and welcoming.  My outlook on lighting completely changed the more photos I saw.  I observed more control of where lighting was coming from and the shadows it produced.  I realized I did not have to light up every space like Walmart in order to have an attractive image.
Granted, the photographer shooting for AD probably gets to spend hours, maybe even a couple days on location creating maybe 8-10 images of one property.  I am usually at a home no more than 90 minutes, creating a couple dozen images, so it is definitely a different scenario.  However, the AD "look" is something I constantly strive for when shooting interiors.  Bright is not always right--subtle, realistic, but still pleasing images is something AD taught me to work towards.

 


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Keywords
Archive
January February March April May June July August September October November (1) December (2)
January (1) February (2) March April (1) May (1) June July August (1) September October November December (1)
January February March (1) April May June July August September October November December