Using A Reflector for Interior Photography


Reflector blocking light

In a previous post, I wrote about using black flags in interior photography. In this case, I did something similar to block light. That’s me up there holding a reflector to block light from a small bathroom window. Without it, harsh light was spilling into the bathroom.

bathroom

 

You can see in the image above how light from the window is hitting the left side of the frame and even parts of the sink. By cutting out the harsh light I was able to get an even exposure for the bathroom and blend it with the final image.

 

Final Image

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Creative Theme Rooms in Vacation Homes


Star Wars Theme Room

I’ve seen a lot of theme rooms in vacation homes. In fact, I’ve written about them before:

Homeowners Get Creative With Interior Decor

This is How a Theme Room is Done!

But in the last year or so, I’ve seen homeowners really stepping up their game and pushing the creative envelope. With the¬†renewed popularity of Star Wars, that franchise is popping up more and more in bedrooms. But I’ve never seen anything quite like the room above. Check out some more angles and note the R2D2 trash can in the bathroom.

Star Wars Theme Room
Star Wars Theme RoomStar Wars Theme Bathtoom

 

In another home the theme was Pirates. Think “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disney World. I actually heard someone from Disney did some of the work in this room.

Pirate Theme Room

Pirate Theme Room
Pirate Theme Room
Pirate Theme Room
Pirate Theme Room

Of course Frozen theme rooms are still going strong. This one was unique with the changing LED light display.

I can’t wait to see¬†what designers and homeowners will come up with next.

Good News! Professionals Are Obsolete!


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I ran across this article from a company giving its clients tips on the best resolution to upload images to its website and nearly fell out of my chair when I got to the bottom and saw the picture above with the caption: “…nor do you have to hire a professional photographer.”

Of course the image isn’t really a good example. The “before” picture is just a pixelated version of the “after” image which, I’m willing to bet was taken by a professional.

Let me share a few examples of what some of my clients have recently told me.

Client #1: “[My wife] and I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are with your
photographs. Working with a professional such as you is the only way to go.”

Client #2: “We went under contract the day after the photos were uploaded!!”

Client #3: After delivering images on a Wednesday night, the client told me on
Friday, “condo is under contract as of this morning.”

You may have already read a previous blog post I wrote which went viral and has been published all over the world about a house which languished on the market for 8 months before the real estate agent hired me to take new photos.

After Nearly 8 Months, Photos Help Sell Home in 8 Days

But hey, who needs to hire a professional, right? So the next time you need a lawyer, plumber, mechanic or doctor…just do it yourself!