Rich in South Carolina asked:
Shot a higher end house the other day and encountered a tough scenario: black walls, dark wood, lots of windows. Any tips or tricks for shooting black walls? Flashes were doing very little at full power.
Also in the same house, high gloss red paint! I left the flashes in the bag for that space and went back to HDR type work. Any thoughts on high gloss finishes?
There probably isn't any one single fix for either these two challenges. I think there are several options. Some may be better than others depending on the particular situation:
Black or dark walls: As Rich Baum illustrates in this tutorial on shooting a room with an all wood vaulted ceiling using a more powerful flash like the Godox AD600 or N-Flash may give better results than smaller flashes.
High gloss paint: One way to deal with the reflections off high gloss surfaces is to experiment with where you place your flash lighting. Move your lights around to find an angle that creates minimum reflections. Another approach would be to shoot one or more ambient shots and then hand blend in Photoshop to remove undesired reflections.
Does anyone else have tips for Rich to deal with these issues?