Before and After

I just wanted to share some of my technique when I shoot a building. My goal is to show off the materials, control the ambient light, and highlight features within the composition.

Here is the first example. This home has a nice little enclosed private space in the front yard. This trees created a nice cover from the elements, and the sun which would normally create an issue except that I use off camera light! 

Take note of the dark corners and the over exposed left corner. The windows and the door are very dark as is the area above the door.

Take note of the dark corners and the over exposed left corner. The windows and the door are very dark as is the area above the door.

And now here is the final image that I created with GIMP (free photoshop). This is created from multiple images layered and masked together. I only use one light source and this technique allows me to control each image as if it were adjusting that light source. With careful masking you can successfully blend them. The process trades a small amount of extra computer time for the ability to use less equipment. It takes full advantage of a digital workflow but requires a deep knowledge of each step of the process to get it right.

Voila!

Voila!

One of the things I do to make sure I get what I need for post production is to take a lot of images!