Technique Tuesday: Bedroom

Ok, I’m calling this “Technique Tuesday” but I can’t promise I’ll do this every week. But today is Tuesday and this is about a technique I use almost everyday; hence the title. Brilliant, no?

A Master Bedroom

f/10, 1/3 second, ISO 200

The image above is pretty much the RAW image straight out of camera. It’s shot with a Canon 5D and a 580EXII on camera with a diffuser and bounced off the ceiling. If I remember correctly, I believe I have the flash set to TTL and boosted it by +2.

I then set up an Alien Bees 1600 strobe to camera left fired through an umbrella and set to 1/8 power for the image below.

Master Bedroom

f/8, 1/8 second, ISO 200

You can see right away what adding an extra off-camera light adds to the image. (Note: the image above was tweaked slightly in Adobe Camera Raw.) I then took another exposure for the window:

Master Bedroom

f/10, 1/180th, ISO200

I also tweaked the image above to bring out the blue in the sky a little. I then placed that image on top of the first one in Photoshop and masked out the window for the final image. I also got rid of that bothersome sensor dust in the ceiling.

Master Bedroom

That’s it. No fancy HDR tricks. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.


3 thoughts on “Technique Tuesday: Bedroom

  1. What a difference lighting makes! I discovered that at those concerts I attended recently, lol. I like the 2nd image best. Seems sunnier.

  2. Renee- In the second image I adjusted the white balance to “daylight”; hence the sunnier look. All that daylight coming in from the window adds “blue” light (remember when I talked about that in the Photo 101 class?).

  3. Great Job! I know this was an exercise on lighting, but from an editor’s point of view, if this is for one of your vacation homes, may I make a couple of suggestions? As long as you are in Photoshop, I would take out the light rings on the ceiling above each of the bedside tables. If this is a vacation home, where accuaracy is not critical, I would get rid of the A/C vents as well!

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