March 17th, 2017
Sharon recently asked the following:
I would love to know via a poll how many real estate photographers do a Lightroom to Photoshop composite process vs. lighting the way Scott Hargis does where you spend much less time post processing. I see so many tutorials on YouTube for compositing, and it seems like it’s a very big time investment, if you’re processing 30 images.
First of all, this is not a great subject for a poll because I suspect there are many real estate shooters that don’t do everything one way or the other. For example, I use Scott’s technique first and foremost for the reason you site. But since learning about ambient/flash compositing here on PFRE, I’ve gotten in the habit of also grabbing an ambient shot or two in case there are some shadows or highlights that need fixing when I get home.
Another factor, is I find Scott’s technique super fast and easy in bedrooms and other small rooms. But when I get to larger complex spaces, I can’t always get it right in the camera the way Scott does. It’s nice to be able to just grab an ambient shot for insurance or to cut down on the number of flashes you have to use.
So would I use ambient/flash compositing in every room? No, you don’t need it everywhere. But I think it is very handy when you need it.
What do others think?