Last week a reader asked an interesting question:
I recently found a service some companies are providing Realtors called 'Virtual Twilight' Photography. Instead of going out and shooting at dusk they post process the daylight photos for the Twilight effect. I've looked all over the Internet and the PFRE blog but can't seem to find any Virtual Twilight post-processing tutorials. Do you know where I might be able to find such information?
First of all, here's an example of the kind of service she is referring to. Dave below uses this processor and says virtual twilights cost $25.
Her real question is how to I convert daylight to twilight myself? How do I take a daylight shot and turn it into a twilight shot? This is an interesting possibility and the examples at imotophoto.com illustrate that it's clearly possible. The basic question is how hard is it and it is worth it?
Here is a YouTube tutorial by Glyn Dewis that shows you the Photoshop basics of how to turn daylight into a nightlight which is effectively the same approach to creating a twilight shot from a daylight shot.
In order to get a feel for the difficulty of this process I played around for several hours with Glyn's approach on the daylight shot above that I shot a number of years ago of a home my wife and I listed a number of years ago in Bellevue, WA just above Lake Sammamish. The bottom shot above is the actual twilight shot I took at the time that we used to market this home. My conclusions from this tinkering are as follows:
Conclusion: So despite the fact that if you are really good at photoshop it's possible to create a convincing virtual twilight shot but with the right marketing, you can easily sell $150+ real twilight shots.
Has anyone tried creating virtual twilight shots?