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November 7, 2015

With & Without.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 9:30 am
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Buying online is now the way a lot of people shop and even hotels will say that is the same for them too – so we were back at the Hodson Bay Hotel this week, to shoot their various bedrooms this time – so as to let their guests see what they will be getting for their money, should they choose one type of room rather than another.

So loaded the gear I thought we’d need to use onto one of their trollies…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel near Athlone in Ireland.
.. and while I set-up the camera…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Marie & Sinéad discussed what they felt would be needed here…
One of the first pictures taken in the standard double bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel near Athlone.
.. to make this ‘Standard double’ bedroom at the rear of the hotel look even more appealing.

So while Sinéad kept a close eye on what was appearing on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Claudio worked on the lighting – and Marie, as usual, worked her magic – which ended up looking like this…
Standard double bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. after some minor tweaks.

Then it was across the hall to shoot this room…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lakeview double bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which they call the ‘Lakeview double’ – as one of the hotel’s unique selling points, is that it is stunningly situated on the shores of Lough Ree.

So while Claudio set-up the light outside…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Marie and I worked away once again inside – while Sinéad kept a close eye on the images that were appearing on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. and the result was this…
Lakeview double bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. after we all had finished doing our different things.

Next was the ‘Lakeview twin’ bedroom…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which was very similar – bar the fact that it was slightly larger and had two beds rather than just one.

So while I snapped away from the doorway…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Sinéad here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. and Marie too, made sure that what was in front of the camera looked tickety-boo.

Not sure why I looked so worried here…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as the final result…
The Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. looked great – although I do remember there was some debate over the flowers and lamp on the corner, so I shot it with & without…
The Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. to be sure to be sure 🙂

The last of the rooms in the original section of the hotel was this…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which they called the ‘Family bedroom’.

What did we do before digital, I hear you say – well lots of polaroids were used – but now, of course, we all just look at the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as Marie looks at what she needs to do, while I look at what I need to do.

Anyway, being November means the light at 4pm was now fading fast…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. so I knew we had to keep moving here – but there was a problem…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as we could only see 2 beds, due to the middle double bed being about 6 inches higher than the two single beds on either side of it.

So yes Claudio, you will need to put a light outside that window…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which wasn’t so easy to do this time – as we were too high up for the lighting stands to be of any use, and there wasn’t a room above us neither – but we will come to that in a minute, as first, we needed to change the beds around.

“Where there’s a will there’s a way”, as they say – so the beds were moved and then once again, thanks to the what can now be done with a digital system – Claudio stepped in to light the room…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. using the boom arm out the window this time.

And the final result…
The Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. after spending a bit of time in front of the computer to bring it all together.

Anyway, the following morning we were in the new wing of their hotel…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. where we had already shot a few of their bedrooms before – and it was where we shot the Bride on the balcony too, which I talked about shooting here: Selling the dream.

So this time it was just what they called the ‘Retreat Standard’ bedrooms that we needed to show – one at the rear…
One of the first pictures taken in the Retreat Standard bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. so more studying the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which resulted in this…
The Retreat Standard bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. followed by a quick change…
One of the first pictures taken in the Retreat Standard bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which results in this…
The Retreat Standard bedroom at the front of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. to show what the same room would look like on the lakeside​ – as that view of Lough Ree is pretty stunning.

With & without a view, as that is the thing that will make a big difference to what their customers will be willing pay them here for the use of a room – which is a bit like me saying: With & without my team – as that is the thing that will make a big difference here too, as to how much my clients will be willing to pay me for the use of my images wink

Anyway, that was it – time to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as we were all bedroomed out, in more ways than one Smile​

So just like to say a big thanks to everyone at the hotel who was involved here, and especially to Sinéad for putting up with us all once again – from Marie, Claudio & me @ ampimage.com near the Irish town of Athlone.

Cheers,
Ashley.

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August 30, 2015

Six of these plus a whole bunch of these.

The fun continued at the Breaffy House Resort
One of the many pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. as the weather quickly changed and blew everything away with it.

So we headed inside as it started to rain, to shoot the new Healy Mac’s bar…
First pictures taken in Healy Mac’s bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. which looked amazing – especially when the sun poured in through the large windows, which it clearly wasn’t anymore.

Anyway, with six of these…
Bowens 3K packs.
.. plus a whole bunch of these…
3K flash heads outside.
.. and we were all set to go…
Marie & Claudio in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. as Marie & Claudio assumed the position that the models would later be in.

So while we waited for everyone to arrive…
In the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. we did some test shots – with Claudio sitting in once again, this time with Mary Lee
Mary Lee & Claudio in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and then when everyone else arrived, it was time to start shooting for real…
Shooting in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and this was the final result…
Healy Mac’s bar at the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar.
.. after a few different outfit changes.

Next up was the restaurant – so with the camera in the ideal position
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. everyone started to do their thing…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. while we did ours…
Shooting in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. hair sorted…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. emails checked…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. time to shoot…
Shooting in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and this was the result…
The restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. after we had turned the place totally upside down smile

The large Banquet suite was next…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. which after Claudio had lit – with six of these plus a whole bunch of these – the models were given their instruction…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. while I checked to see how it looked…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. then more instruction…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. the result…
The Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. a final check…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and that was it.

Which just left what we had started…
Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. which I talked about here: Doing whatever it takes.

And so that was it – a big thanks to everyone involved here – from Marie, Claudio & me at ampimage – as it was then back to the Healy Mac’s bar – tired, wet but very pleased with the results – to enjoy six of these plus a whole bunch of these smile

June 13, 2015

Keeping it real.

Over the past week or so, Marie & I have had some great discussions, about not only styling but also about lighting too – when it comes to creating images for others to use.
No rights or wrongs, of course, just different points of views, as to what one believes is right – based on what all the images are going to be used for and by whom, etc, etc.

So looking back on the work we did a few weeks ago – while we were down in County Kerry at the Killarney Park Hotel
The Killarney Park Hotel in the town center of Killarney in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. the one thing that we both agreed on, is that it has got to look real.
And so that’s like ‘our style’ or what we try to aim for – even though sometimes, it may not be entirely real at all  ​wink

Anyway, below shows the first image taken of this bedroom…
First image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.

.. where nothing had been done by either of us, bar Marie had placed a few items over at the window seat.

So that is real, in that, that is what it looks like if you were to simply​ walk in and take a picture of what was there.
Your eye will naturally see it slightly different, as your eye can record more levels of light – so the dark areas won’t look as dark and the white areas won’t be as ‘burn-out’ – as you will be able to clearly see what is outside the windows too.
Plus on top of that, your eyes are constantly moving, so, therefore, it’s like you are recording thousands of images to make up ‘the picture in your head’ – whereas the camera only records a single image from a fixed point, with a lens that is fixed rather than one that is constantly zooming in and out too.

So it is different – but nevertheless, ​both are considered to be ‘real’ – as we all know that the camera never lies, even though we all know that’s not entirely true neither  wink

Anyway, our goal with this type of work is to make it ‘look good’, make it look like somewhere you would want to be – and as real as possible too – to complete the story we are trying to tell.

So I actually work very hard on the lighting, to create a look that ‘looks like’ I didn’t do anything at all – as seen here…
Deluxe bedroom suite at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. while Marie does a similar thing, when it comes to the styling of such rooms.

In other words, we both work very hard to make it look natural – or Real – as opposed to an illustration or something that you would only see in Disney World  wink

And that is, in fact, something that we have both worked very hard on over the years – but the funny thing is, the better we become at it, the fewer​ people realise how long it actually takes to achieve this look – and so that in itself has obviously lead to problems on pricing (which I won’t get into here, as that’s a completely different story).

But anyway, back to the shoot we did a few weeks ago – as usual I start by taking a picture like this…
First image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to see what it actually looks like from the camera’s point of view – ‘as is’ type of thing – and then team kicks into place…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to add the finishing touches – and about an hour or so later – which may be hard to believe – the final image (or in some cases images) are captured.

And this was the result…
Superior bedroom suite at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which should, if we have achieved our goal, look as if I did nothing at all bar took a picture of what happened to be there at the time… using ‘a good camera’ of course wink

And so it was – first I put the camera in place and took a picture…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. then the team kicked in to make it look more inviting…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. and finally, ​it was lit and styled to within a inch of our lives…
The fireplace in one of the Junior Suites at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. to make it look as one would expect it to look – if you just happened to be lucky to be there at the right moment in time.

Talking about being lucky, well in a way we were, as you can see here…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. it wasn’t the best of days to be shooting outside.

Still, after adding some light…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. practicing the pose…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. and some lengthy talks…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. the sun finally came out to play – so it was all hands on board…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to create this image…
The Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the town center​ of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. of their new Garden Terrace, which is located at the rear next to the Garden Bar…
The Garden Bar at the Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. were we all enjoyed a few cold beers, later on, needs to say  Smile​

Anyway, there you have it – doing our best to keep it real, but hopefully making you want to be here too…
The lobby fireplace at the Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. as that’s our goal – as we invite you into ‘our world’, through the images that we create.

From Claudio, Marie & me @ ampimage, trying to make you feel like you are already there, in “the kingdom” of Kerry smile

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February 15, 2014

A lighting challenge.

After a relative easy week shooting in the marquee at the five-star Doonbeg golf resort (which I read this week in the Irish Times, has now been bought over by US property mogul Donald Trump), where it was basically all lit – this week wasn’t so easy.

So we were back down in County Clare again, this time to shoot a number of areas inside Dromoland Castle, with the Land Rover fully loaded…
Unloading the camera and lighting equipment from the Land Rover outside Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. as I knew this was going to be a lighting challenge for sure.

Anyway, first up was to create a meeting style image in the newly decorated Terrace Room – so after Marie had finished setting it up…
Marie setting up in the Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle.
.. Carl blocked the sunlight, which I wasn’t actually expecting…
Setting up in the Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle.
.. and we had our first image in the bag…
The Terrace Room set-up for a business meeting at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. before heading to the Lounge area, where it was clear from the start that this is where we’d have to work for our money…
Setting up in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. but thanks to everyone and especially to Carl here…
Setting up in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. who worked hard on the lighting – and then posed as the waiter while Marie lit the fire…
Setting up in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. it only took us 2 hours to create this image…
Fireplace in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. which I was very, very pleased with – as this one had really worried me.

Then it was back into the Terrace Room again…
Setting up in the Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. this time to shoot it as it would be setup for a banquet during the day…
The Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. and /or at night…
The Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. so basically we shot it both ways – to be sure, to be sure, as they word say here in Ireland smile

The following morning it was into the Cocktail bar…
Setting up in the Cocktail bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. which was formerly the Castle library – so while Carl set up the lights outside…
Setting up in the Cocktail bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. we moved the furniture so as to see the fireplace…
Setting up in the Cocktail bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. before adding the finishing touches to create this image…
The Cocktail Bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. which again I was personally very pleased with – as this one had worried me too, mainly due to how I would light it.

After that, it was over to The Inn at Dromoland to shoot the Presidential Suite, which required a bit of work as they wanted just one image to capture it all – so while Marie did her thing…
Setting up in the Presidential Suite at The Inn at Dromoland in County Clare.
.. Carl & I did our thing – and for the fun of it, being close to Valentines day and all that, I decided to add a scene from the film Gone with the Wind – staring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara
The Presidential Suite at The Inn at Dromoland in County Clare.
.. and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes – who I was named after it seems smile

So that was it – after what I can only describe as a major lighting challenge – it was time to load-up the Land Rover once again…
The Land Rover outside Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. and head home in the rain – very tired but very pleased with the end results.

Anyway, just like to say big thanks to everyone involved – especially to Mark & Fiona from Dromoland Castle for making us feel so welcome.
From Marie, Carl & me @ ampimage.com in County Clare.

January 5, 2012

Kicking off…

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 2:34 pm
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.. the New Year with the first of hopefully many shoots this year – but hopefully most won’t be as tricky to light as this one was…
One of the first pictures take in Darren and Tony Day's three-storey mid terrace in Belfast.
.. which was a bugger, due to dark & dreary winter weather at this time of year.

Still, everyone was in good form – and everyone works hard throughout the day to create a set of images which Tony, the homeowner after he had seen the final results, emailed us to say:

Looks bloody amazing. You pair are like magicians 🙂

Thanks, Tony…
Tony Day in his three-storey mid terrace house in Belfast.
.. Praise is indeed bread to an artist – but the real praise goes to you guys, the homeowners, for the look you have created, which we are simply trying to capture here.

One of the things we thoroughly enjoy about this job is the sheer variety of homes we work on. One week it could be a huge Gentleman’s residence and the next it’s a first-time buyer’s home. Our job is to understand each magazine’s readership and to seek out homes that suit accordingly.

This one is a classic first-time buyer home – a Victorian terrace where the owners added plenty of style with color and wallpaper. It’s a home that a lot of folks will relate to and be able to draw affordable inspiration from.

So a good start to the New Year – and we would just like to say big thanks to Tony & Darren for all their help shifting TV’s etc – and also for making us feel so welcome.

Happy New Year everyone – let’s make it a good one – from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

February 10, 2011

Praise is indeed bread to an artist.

Noticed we have been receiving a lot of ‘hits’ recently, from different parts of the world – so decided to check-out where they were coming from.

There’s been a lot of worldwide debate over the past few years about US-style interior photography (which is often extensively lit in a ‘glamorous’ movie sort of way) vs European style interior photography (which is all about ‘natural’ looking light). And also Real Estate photography (showing space and USP’s) vs Magazine photography (which is more about lifestyle and decor). Different markets, different clients, different trends – but some of these recent posts show that there is certainly a growing interest in some level of crossover which I applaud.

Really pleased to see that experienced photographers have been debating how we shoot interiors and seem to like what we are doing.
Praise is indeed bread to an artist.

By way of background, I’m Irish and am based in the north of Ireland but I went to college in Texas, so I guess I’ve been fortunate to learn from both sides of ‘the pond’.

Looking at some of these recent posts, it’s both interesting and encouraging to read what others are saying about us – below are some of the comments from 3 different forums – which we hope they don’t mind us recording it here, for keepsake when we are old(er) and grey(er).

These comments are not really about us – they are about interior photography – a field that is open to interpretation. Because everyone sees things differently and sees different things when they look at a picture.
Anyway, we’ve had an amazing decade but are still learning – so we always love to hear what other’s are thinking and seeing – especially when they look at our images.

The recent posts:

DPreview / Pro Digital Talk – Interior design Photography.

Hi folks
How are the Pros doing it? HDR? multiple strobes? ambient lighting?
I’m currently scratching my head here hearing all sorts of stories into which type of photography for interior/real estate images. A lot of the images I have been seeing online look very ‘lucis art’ but then I’m told that people want to see ‘natural ‘ looking images. I have been toying with HDRs but can never get windows to look anywhere near natural.

If you’re going to get into strobes, you would not use anything on camera, which casts short harsh shadows. You don’t want to take a picture of a room from the perspective of a light bulb. And you need some modifiers, with the least umbrellas, a diffuser, and perhaps a grid. But really you need to set up a bit differently than you are now. Someone like Ashley Morrison might use 7-9 strobes, but you could not find any evidence of them being there. Small flash heads attached to a power pack make that a little easier, and having a wide selection of modifiers and rigging at your fingertips. And a truck, or at least a Subaru.

On Ashley Morrison’s site, have a look at the Before and After images. They give you an idea of some of the ingenious ways that he uses strobes. Notice how he uses strobes to make window light for example.

Amazing stuff! I just love those images. That’s 20 years experience for you rather than 6 hours, lol.

All would do to study up on Ashley Morrison, who sometimes writes here and at LuLa. On his site, or his Vimeo feed, he has time-lapse videos of several of his shoots, and together they are a master class in setup, lighting, etc. He uses lights, several of them, but makes it look so natural.
Notice the attention to detail used in getting the arrangements just so. It takes all day and a team of 4-5. He’s only making it look easy, but it isn’t.
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Bulletin / Forum – ufck photography thread the 3rd.

i’m trying to reverse-engineer some interior photos lately. not quite sure what type of modifiers are being used though, anyone has any insight? e.g:
Ivory with European Oak kitchen in Austin Baird's house near Holywood in County Down.

The sitting room in Sharon and Graeme Cleland's new-build house near Portstewart in County Londonderry.

High gloss white kitchen in Robinson Interior's Belfast showroom.
i love love love this guy’s lighting, but can’t seem to get anywhere close via my umbrellas or bouncing the light off of walls, joints, corners or ceilings. no idea how he fills a space so evenly and without any blatant falloff or hot spots.

Have you considered that maybe he isn’t using any artificial sources?

He states that he does in all of his shots, which I believe unless he is the Jesus Christ of exposure blending.

Why don’t you just ask him?

The highlights are clearly coming from the windows, which leads me to believe that either A he isn’t using much artificial lighting and it’s very bright outside, or B he is blasting some really high powered sources through the windows and doors. The bounce in the room all looks very natural to me, which is obviously the goal, but I think the best way to get natural looking bounce is to use natural bounce. Would he have the budget to have some 5-10k HMI sources placed outside? If that’s so he’s still probably using something else for the one with the giant window (unless it’s a crane), but that one also looks like it could easily be entirely natural.

Thinking something along the same lines outside of the windows or just natural light on bright sunny days.

I actually found a before/after page of his:
http://www.ashleymorrison.com/behind-01.htm
they are definitely all lit from the inside. this dude is pretty big and does international assignments all over the place so I would not be surprised if he had the budget for some serious lighting. it’s also impossible to squeeze that much dynamic range (outdoor sun to interior shadows) in one shot out of any camera unless the natural lighting is perfect and you aren’t directly facing any windows – if you were, you’d get some serious light bloom around the window frame.
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Flickr / Real Estate Photographers of America™ – A Master At Work: Ashley Morrison.

Each of us has a few favorite photographers that we admire. Ashley Morrison is a high-end interior/advertising photographer from Ireland who sometimes posts images on Flickr. He is a true artist and gets paid handsomely for his creativity and hard work by clients who know and appreciate his work. If you go to his website, you can view some of his “before and after” images. I’m sure that many REPA shooters will be inspired and appreciate viewing the links below, plus his many other YouTube videos.

Love his pricing page.

This is great – thanks for sharing!

I’m a big fan.

I’m interested to see and learn about the lights and specifically the modifiers he’s using.

Andy,
I think that Ashley is pretty secretive about his lighting and techniques. From what I can tell from viewing some of his videos, he uses a lot of available light with large reflectors to create soft shadows, bounced monolights, sometimes adds warm CTO strobe lighting through exterior windows to simulate window light on gray days, large diffusers on windows to soften hard mid-day light, an occasional grid-spot, and exposure blending. I do know that he uses a Mac, CS3 and a P-25 Phase 1 camera.

What makes you think he is secretive about his lighting techniques? Have you tried asking him?

In any case, I imagine he uses the usual truckload of strobes, hot lights (spot and flood), and light modifiers (snoots, grids, barn doors, gels, scrims, silks, Cinefoil, etc.), and that his use of this equipment would vary widely depending upon the subject and his client’s needs.

I believe that he only uses a Phase One digital back and that the “camera” is a pre-digital-era Hasselblad Flexbody (basically just a bellows; the shutters are in the lenses).

If you want to get an idea of what kind of lighting kit interiors photographers typically use, try this Luminous Landscape discussion:
www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=23264.0

David, I probably should have used a word like “reluctant”; yes I did ask him. You’re right, we all use the same basic lights and modifiers etc. Back in the late 90’s, when I retired from school teaching, I hired myself out on a per-diem rate as a photo assistant to several Boston location commercial photographers for a few months and am very well aware of what professional commercial shooters use daily. These were pre-digital days and we were using 4″x5″ view cameras and 30-pound Elinchorme strobe power packs. I’ve experienced the same equipment being used by different shooters and was amazed by the slight variation in use and the difference in light “quality” achieved by different shooters. Using a giant sheet of translucent “Rip-Stop Nylon” duct taped to a giant picture window can create a soft /directional light quality that cannot be matched by a commercially made softbox or umbrella. These are some of the nuances that some photographers have discovered that make their work a cut above the rest. From my experience with working with commercial photographers, I found that they are the shooters who really know and study light quality and this made some of them stand out amongst their peers. Some people think that if they own a hammer, a saw and can pound nails, they are a carpenter. The same is true in photography. Studying the work of others that we admire, much can be learned that could make a difference in what our images look like.
I’m not sure if he is using the H’Blad Flexbody or the Arcbody or not. He mentioned the Phase One P-25. If he is using one of the H’Blad bodies with rising and fall movements, it’s an incredible tool that is the next best solution to using a view camera for perspective control.
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I hope I did not over-step my boundaries here by using their words – but if I did, I will remove them.
In the meantime, ‘Thank you’ all for your kind words – they mean a lot to us – as we work very hard at producing these sort of images, for our clients to use.

January 27, 2010

Honeymoon suite plus.

We were back down at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort this week, to produce some more images to cover weddings and show their newly refurbished Link Cottages.

To the eye, the newly refurbished Link’s Cottage looked great; however, the camera does sometimes see things very differently – as you can see here…
Setting-up the Link's cottage shot.
.. but with a wee bit of pushing & shoving – a blast of light, plus some Marie magic added to the mix…
The link cottages.
.. we had our first image in the bag pretty quickly- as this is what we do.

First I set up the camera to get the framing…
Setting-up the kitchen shot in Link's cottage.
.. then we re-arranged things to suit the camera – and while I work on the lighting, Marie adds the finishing touches…
Setting-up the kitchen shot in Link's cottage.
.. without saying anything to one another sometimes, until we both stop – and say…
The kitchen in the Link's cottage.
.. I’m happy with that.

Anyway, shooting the cottage was just like shooting a home – which we regularly do for the national magazines – so that was easy 🙂

The tricker shots where the wedding ones – as those actually needed to be created.
So after some discussion with Ray (the marketing manager) and having looked a few different rooms, we decided that this one…
Setting-up the Honeymoon suite.
.. would be the most suitable, to be turned into a honeymoon suite.

So once again, while I worked on the lighting, Marie…
Marie McMillen.
.. when about doing her thing.

It took forever – but in the end we where all very pleased with the final result…
Honeymoon suite at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
.. and so now Doonbeg has officially got themselves a Honeymoon suite 🙂

Anyway, that’s what we were up to this week – as we worked with Ray here, to let the world see what this amazing place has to offer.

Cheers, from Marie & me.
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