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Interior design photography has changed over the years. I remember the days when you had to have Sherpas to help you carry all of the lighting required to adequately light the space while keeping the mood and presence that the designer or architect intended for the space. If there were windows in the space, most of the photography had to be done near the twilight hour so that the light coming in from outside did not overwhelm. Once it became dark, unless there was a beautiful cityscape that could be seen, the windows were dead space. And since film could only record a narrow latitude of exposure, dark areas would have to be lit (and lit as if the light was part of the space) so the scene would be more evenly illuminated to fit into the films exposure capabilities.
I remember spending hours setting up views ahead of time so that at the twilight hour, I could run around like a wild man shooting the views while the light outside was perfect. All this was fine and good during the summer when it stayed light late and you could work after the close of business. However it became quite a challenge to shoot and schedule say a corporate office project in the winter when twilight happened at 4:30 to 5:30 pm before the close of business.
Boy, have things changed! Enter digital photography. Specifically, HDR (high dynamic range) digital photography! The essence of this type of photography is basically the combination of multiple exposures to capture all of the light values in the scene then combine them into one image. It is a pretty complex process but it allows us to see an image of an interior space like our eyes see it. No blown out highlights or pitch black shadow areas.
Clients are sometimes surprised to see that when I shoot I no longer have to have lights set up all over the place. And when they see the completed images, they are amazed that I was able to really capture the space in the lighting that was designed for the space without additional light. And not only that, but I am able to complete the photography in a much shorter period of time with less inconvenience to the client. Ok. True. I do spend quite a bit more time on the computer processing the final images. But the results are beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!
You can view all of my photography at www.commercialphoto.com!