I am interested in learning how to make hotel rooms very inviting and look incredible. There is a local photographer that chages 1g per shot to a local hotel. They look incredible. I know he take a lot of photos through the day evening and at sunset and blends them later. Can anyone direct me to a course or how I can learn how to do the same thing?
I am using CS5.5 Photoshop.
thanks in advance (would apply to any interior - not just hotels)
Here is a couple pics to give you an idea. :-) These pics do not look like they do when you photograph them once.
Any pro photographer is going to be using multiple external light sources.
He will have several speedlights hidden throughout the room so they can provide varing amounts of light to different areas.
Then he may blend the photos together to get a more natural look than the average HDR image.
He is simply starting with better lighting and producing great images.
Joe McNally has several books that discuss this. The Hotshop Diaries and The Moment it Clicks.
No, he doesn't show how to blend hotel room photos. But he gives you a new way of thinking about light which is what photography is really about.
Quick take away: you can't take photos like this with just your camera using the build in flash or a speedlight attached to the top of the camera,
You need to invest in extra lighting like mutiple speedlights or strobes.
A good friend of mine is a home/architecture photographer. Her shots look inviting, complimentary, they make rooms look open and airy, and the light just feels right. All that and she manages to avoids unnatural appearance even with wide stitches. Attractive stuff like this:
My hat's off to her; I know behind the scenes how much effort she puts into working out logistics, hauling lighting equipment, setting up and executing the shots, then processing the images in the digital darkroom. Not only does it take talent and training, but good prep, execution, and practice as well. The results are clearly worth the effort.
Best of luck! I hope you find your footing and it becomes rewarding for you.
No courses, but some tips:
PS - that price seems about right to me, depending on the market. I usually did about 4 such shots per day, when done for advertising purposes. For quicker, brochure-only work, I could often get up to 8 shots per day.
I assumed that "1g" was shorthand for 1 "grand," which translates to US $ 1,000 per shot. Perhaps I was incorrect?
My day rate for advertising architectural photography was US $ 3,800/day, with assistant, all normal equipment, additional charges for a stylist, travel and materials. That was in the Denver market, though I shot for clients around the US and on locations around the world. In larger markets, I would assume higher day-rates, while in smaller markets, a lower day-rate.
Thanks guys.. I do know he took shots over a day period or afternoon to complete after sunset.. like 50 shots plus.. then blended. I know most of the work is done in photoshop afterwards. I would like to learn how to do that. I have never taken many, many shots and blended them in PS. I should do more testing. Luckily I have access to the rooms in that hotel. Maybe get a good vavlometer and have it take a pic every ten minutes.. Good point about replacing the bulbs.
1g is one grand for one shot.
Why don't you start by taking one shot when it's bright outside and one when it's dim/dark?, then mix them creatively using layers and see what you can get. I really don't think it's necessary to stack a whole day's worth of shots to get a decent picture of the inside of a room!