How Architectural Digest Changed My Style, Part Two
|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.
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