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Birdview- Another Shoot From Malibu Photographer/Realtor Mike Gardner

June 15th, 2011

Mike Gardner from Malibu sent me one of his recent shoots of the Birdview Property that overlooks the beach at Malibu.

Mike says that on this shoot he bracketed the white balance. That is, on each of the interior shots he made exposures with white balance set for the exterior (windows) and other exposures with white balance set for the interior and then combined the windows with the interiors via layer masks. This approach creates a very pleasing result I think. As usual Mike does all his post processing in India.

Apparently this property has been marketed with someone else’s photos in the recent past. I think Mike’s work looks much better than the previous work.

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7 Responses to “Birdview- Another Shoot From Malibu Photographer/Realtor Mike Gardner”

  • Nice work. I’ve been struggling with a mix a light temperatures recently and have thought about this approach but haven’t actually tried it yet.

  • The exteriors and interiors look great. Nice work Mike. I’ve tried this approach as well, but haven’t been able to pull it off like this!

  • Nice work, and time of day really sets it off. A home like that is really designed for twilight with the east/west layout and view. By contrast, the other marketing photos really are overprocessed. The view out the windows look like murals hanging as background stage props rather than something natural.

  • Just to clarify Larry’s explanation — the white balance for the window shots is set extremely low, somewhere in the Tungsten range (say, 2800K to 3200K), and the interiors are almost certainly going to be something very similar, unless the lighting is predominantly fluorescent or halogen.

  • HI All,

    These pictures look amazing!
    As someone new to this I am struggling with color temps. My shots come out photomatix batch (adjust default) very, very warm. I tend to adjust the default WB settings in every room. Is it safe to assume that you all do a custom white balance? Could anyone here please point me to some educational resources so I better understand color temps in regards to what we all do.

    Many thanks in advance.

  • Thanks everyone! …its still a work in progress. That set was from the first night when the architect gave me about ten minutes notice to jump over and start shooting right before dark. Im still not totally liking the white balance on the exteriors where its a bit to yellow for me but this was almost a practice run at it. The windows had not been washed so there was a ton of diffused light and blurry “scenics” happing. I pointed it out to the arch. and he agreed we should come back when the windows were clean. There are still several more nights to shoot but Ill be better prepared next time with the white balance. Shot number 12 is where you really can benefit from the two white balances. The exterior white balance was on auto on a Nikon d700 and the interior was (I think) incandescent with the color chart pushed more in to the blues.

    For beach homes the blue ocean and sky can be just fine, but the greens and warm landscape lights seem to work better in that number 12 shot.

  • Hi I’m new here.

    Who needs to make different shots of the same thing with different WB ? You can easily adjust that in post processing with adobe camera raw / Photosohop / lightroom. Particularly if you shoot in raw.

    What would be pretty interesting to my mind, would be (with a tripod) to shoot pictures with different lightning condition (just natural light, then natural light + artificial one) by turning on & off the light-sources of the house.
    You then just have to stack the shots as layers in screen mode in photoshop, auto align them to correct little moves of the camera between shots, and choose the opacity of each one. Plus you can mask out the artificial lightning were it’s creating ugly reflexions, like on windows to the outside. And of course, you choose an appropriate wb for each shot.

    I already used that kind of multiple exposures with different lightsources (or the same lightsource at different places) and i got some pretty decent resuts in object photography : http://flic.kr/p/9Lu854 & http://flic.kr/p/9LyT47

    Try it and post your results πŸ™‚

    Renan, French amateur photograph / expert photoshoper

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