September 16th, 2015
Yesterday Scott K asked the following question:
I stumbled into interior photography by enjoying photography as a whole and then accepting a position as an interior photographer from an individual I met out one evening in February of this year. This site has been go-to for me when questions arise, and there have been quite a few. So, I thank everybody for their assistance here.
My question is, when shooting in one location, is it possible to use flash in some shots when needed; shadows, blown out windows, and not use it in other rooms? I’m curious if it’s blatantly obvious that it’s being done, if so, is it awkward looking while scrolling through the done images. And if not, is this something that everybody does?
The most obvious thing that happens when you use flash for interiors is that in shots where you use flash will have whites that are brighter and crisp looking. In my little example above look at the difference in the white large window frame. In the no-flash frame, the window frame looks dark and dirty but in the flash frame it looks crisp and white. In some cases, the colors look better. In my example, the colors are pretty close. You can do this with one manual flash bounced off the ceiling or a wall. It’s worth it!
For this reason, I think the majority interior photographers use flash in some way in most shots, even if they shoot brackets and process them with Enfuse or HDR software. Another common technique is to shoot ambient and flash frames and hand-blend them in Photoshop. Just a kiss of flash solves a lot of problems for interior shooters.
So the answer to your question is: Shoots are going to look best if you use the same technique to shoot every room. Perhaps some viewers will not notice the difference between where you use a flash and when you don’t, but the more visually aware will spot the difference. Yes, it may be a little more work but the results are worth it!