November 29th, 2016
A new series of instructional videos has recently been produced by Andrew Pece, a photographer based in Orange County, California. The video series is entitled One Light Real Estate Photography. Andrew uses a single, hand-held light to produce all of his imagery. This technique taps into the powerful control that Photoshop compositing brings with it by using the best of ambient and flash frames to create a final blend that would be very difficult to achieve using more traditional lighting setups. Not only is Andrew able to shoot properties rapidly using this technique, but he has to carry less lighting equipment to carry around as he moves through properties. As he points out, high-quality results created in a minimum amount of time makes for extremely pleased clients.
Many believe that Photoshop compositing requires too much time during the post-processing for shooting real estate. Yet, Andrew lights with the use of Photoshop blend modes in mind, which expedites his post-processing time tremendously. This, combined with the help of a powerful group of Photoshop actions and keyboard shortcuts enables Andrew to reduce the time required to produce these composite images to a very workable time per image.
Andrew supports the One Light Real Estate Photography video series through the contact page on his site. In addition, he also has a Flickr group for this product and has a YouTube channel where he provides support videos.