- It is simply impossible to recreate the exact effect created by the interior lighting when using strobes or continuous lights and
- The time and effort needed to light a large interior is simply exhaustive, not to mention the amount of gear needed and what it’ll cost. Moreover in certain cases you simply can’t light certain areas the way you wish due to practical limitations in the scene.
Tips for Shooting Base exposures required for blending
- My preferred method is to set the camera spot metering mode and take readings from the brightest area and also from the darkest area. This will tell me the amount of contrast present in the scene.
- Now I set my camera up firmly on a solid tripod, take an exposure that nicely balances both the highlights and shadows and then get the additional exposures necessary. Since I know the amount of dynamic range in the scene I could easily determine the number of exposures I need both ways (underexposed and overexposed). I prefer to shoot in manual mode so all I need to do is adjust the shutter speed up and down.
- It is recommended that you get your white balance settings as accurate as possible using the Kelvin settings even though you can later adjust them in post production (if you shoot RAW -which you should). Using Auto White Balance feature is not recommended as chances are white balance settings may change from shot to shot making it impossible to synchronize many files taken at the same settings in a single action.
- Make sure the exposure difference between shots is not too much; if that happens you will find hard transition in certain areas difficult to tackle while post processing.
- Make sure you have all the highlight details you need in your darkest exposure and all the shadow details you need in your brightest exposure.
|Exposure suggested by the camera.|
|Purposefully underexposed image for the window details|
Now we did an exposure which is 2/3rd of a stop over the base exposure. This is for details in the interior lights. You could see that the windows are now slightly blown out.
|Exposure for interior lights|
And now a final exposure for the shadow areas. This is 1 1/3 stops over exposed than the base shot. Windows and interior lights are now completely blow out but the floor and ceiling has now come alive.
|Exposure for floor and ceiling|
|4 exposures combined in photoshop|
And here’s the second shot.
|combined shot – 4 exposures|