May 27th, 2007
“An immediate results technique is photomatix HDR image for problem exteriors …. North facing homes are a bitch. Sun just never seems right. A gorilla ladder – 11’ up including human standing on the ladder – tripod – camera – two thirds stops from one stop under to one over exposure …. Typically 8 frames. This does not work on windy days. Palm trees flying 2 inches to the left and ghosting. Attaching an image ….. 6,000 sq. ft. $ 5,300,000. This will be the 5th time I have been in this one – mostly for the various trades and now to shoot the entire home top to bottom.”
Yes, I agree, when you are having lighting trouble outside there aren’t very many options but Photomatix is certainly one. I think this is a perfect situation to shoot RAW. If you do shot raw you can get the over and under exposed frames all from the same RAW file and not be concerned that trees move in the wind.
Notice the marketing tip hidden in M. James’ comment. He worked for folks like Stagers, kitchen designers, Granite installers before the Realtor called to shoot the whole house. They all needed photos of their work on this home. Make sure the trade people in your area have your number and know about your work in addition to Realtors.