The April 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest has come to and end. The theme this month was master bedroom and we had a total of 26 entries from 7 countries. Thank you to everyone who participated, and the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary.
Congratulations to Matt Rosendahl from Auburn, California, PFRE Photographer of the Month, April 2018. This is the second POTM win for Matt. He has also won the October 2017 "elevated exterior" contest with this image.
Please feel free to comment on any of this months entries here
Here's what Matt has to say about the win:
I'm thrilled to learn that my image won this month's contest! There are always so many great entries every month– I imagine that it's not an easy task for the jurors to narrow it down. With that said, thank you to all the jurors who take the time to comment and provide valuable feedback. Your comments help us all become better photographers!
When walking into this master bedroom, I was a bit underwhelmed. Although the room was quite large, the staging company had put in this small double bed. To the left was just open unfurnished space and shooting wider was making the room feel much smaller than it was. I decided to shoot as tight as I could to put the focus on the relationship between the bedroom and sitting room, rather than the undersized furniture. This was actually taken way outside the bedroom, from an upstairs landing, shooting through the double french doors at 50mm.
The shot is a composite of one ambient and one flash frame. The ambient lighting was already doing most of the heavy lifting here – some intense afternoon sun was bouncing off a white concrete balcony and up into the room. I added one Speedlight in the bathroom (middle room) just to add some fill in there as it was a black hole compared to the rest of the scene. I then took a Flashpoint AD-360 on a monopod, at about 1/4 power and bounced it into the ceiling, just out of frame left. I used the flash to minimize glare on the floor, brighten up the top of the bed, and clean up the colors overall.
Post-production here was pretty straightforward. I did some light edits in Lightroom, and then blended the ambient and flash frame in Photoshop using a normal mask. I used a targeted hue-saturation adjustment layer to remove some of the color casts on the bedding and ceiling from the sun bouncing around the room. I also used a curves layer to punch up the image to taste. That's it!
Thanks again to all the jurors and to Larry for this great resource. See you all next month!