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The course describes the best ways to light interior elements to show their texture and form, and contains tips on staging rooms to make them more inviting. Richard also tackles the tricky challenges that windows and exterior lighting introduce: how do you adjust exposure to capture interior details without overexposing the windows?
Skill Level Intermediate
In this course, we're going to be looking at shooting interiors in two different locations. One is a Japanese style house that's a labor of love 25 years in the making with a stunningly beautiful garden on the outside. We're going to be looking at bringing the outside in, in that location. The other is a mid-century modern perched upon a cliff over the ocean. Stunning landscape, beautiful views, just an amazing place to have a house.
I'm going to be shooting with a medium format camera tethered to a computer at every opportunity. And I like to do that so that I can see a large version of my image on the computer screen. I get an accurate histogram. I can zoom in to 100% to really check all the fine details. It's my preferred method of working. We're going to be looking at camera placement, choice of lenses, how to setup the point of view for the camera, how we want to see the background, and then we're going to arrange the furniture into the foreground.
We're then going to light the furniture and the objects in order to create separation and depth in the image, because we're really dealing with a 2D picture plane, and we want to make that feel three-dimensional. The ultimate goal of all of it, really, is to allow the viewer to put themselves in the space. I want them to really feel the way I feel when I'm there experiencing it. I'm going to be capturing in raw so there will be post processing for every image. There'll be multiple exposures and really a lot of post that's going on, but I'm not going to just walk you through every step of the post.
What I'm going to do is just describe generally what's going to happen and I'll show you the final composited image so you'll really know what's going on. So let's get started, I'm really excited to share this whole process with you.