Yesterday I was talking to Sandy Hegyi who shoots real estate on the British Columbia Sunshine Coast. Sandy's background is 25 years lighting interiors for big budget film and television productions. Sandy was a Chief Lighting Technician and is used to working with 5 assistants, a ten ton truck of lighting gear with 200,000 watts of light and a 1200 amp generator! Not your average real estate gig!
Sandy has scaled down his Hollywood lighting technique so he can shoot 3000 SF homes in about 4 hours. He showed me a series of her photos and I've posted two of my favorites. Click on the photos to see a larger version. I love the warm sunshiny glow feeling these shots have. The top bedroom shot Sandy took a rainy, dreary day and created this warm sunshine lighting effect by putting a White Lightning Ultra Zap 1600 with ¼ CTO on it outside the french doors and 2-SB 600’s (no gels) firing up into the ceiling and onto the back wall for fill. Sandy says, "I like to mix up my color temperatures to give a sense of depth. The colors pop from the white light and are more saturated in the warm."
Here is a second example from the series Sandy sent me:
"In most of the main rooms I'll bring in light through windows, warm it up with 1/4 CTO and then balance it with white light to the outside. It's the way I did it in film production and it looks great. It just takes longer and you need a proper strobe. Also, if you are not dealing with a view home it's always an nice sunny day."
Thanks Sandy for letting me share your lighting technique. I hope your customers appreciate what they are getting for their money!