August 17th, 2016
Kathy in Maryland asks:
Can you give me any pointers on photographing kitchens that have black cabinets and light or white countertops? I just photographed an empty townhouse, that had that and very light colored bamboo flooring open concept main level, yellowish tile and counters and black cabinets, with stainless steel appliances. I also find open concept style homes challenging too with my multiple lights. I tried an umbrella in this kitchen, but the darn umbrella just was getting in my way and reflecting in the stainless steel. I find these types of kitchens to be my biggest challenge. I follow Scott Hargis’s pointers a lot. But still struggling with this.
Yes, I know what you mean. There are some interior situations that are way more difficult to shoot than others. I find that a useful way to deal with these difficult situations is to be prepared to deal with these challenging situations in post-processing by making sure you capture some ambient shots as well as flash, lit shots:
- When shooting in a challenging area do your multiple manual flash approach but also, without moving the camera on the tripod also shoot an ambient shot and also 3 to 5 brackets. This will give you multiple options for processing in post.
- Shooting a series of brackets provides the option of processing with LR/Enfuse.
- A second very popular method is to shoot one or more flash images and an ambient image then take them into Photoshop as multiple layers and hand blend the best of each image together into a final image. You’ll note by looking at the PFRE Flickr group this has become a very popular method.