Residential Photography Commission - Estate agency photography

10th May 2012
I was recently commissioned by Guy Leonard & Co estate agents to photograph one of the properties that was just coming to their books.

I carried out my initial walk around, during which I assess not only the style of the property, but also the style of the owners, to gain a feel of what they would like shown or emphasized in the photography.

It was clear that the vendors, who had redeveloped the property, were keen on visual arts and crisp styling and it was also clear that there were going to be some tricky lighting conditions to deal with.

The tonal range in some of the rooms was beyond the reach of a digital camera sensor's ability to record, which meant some creative solutions were needed. In the absence of multiple flash units or moveable lighting systems, I had to use multiple exposure blending to record all of the detail from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights. This technique involves taking multiple frames (in the case of the hallway below, six) fixed on a tripod with the same focus and aperture and then blending them together in Photoshop.

The end result?

One happy vendor, one happy estate agent and one happy photographer who has secured the position of professional photographer for the estate agency!

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