Ken in Georgia asks:
I have been asked by another real estate photographer to retake photos of a condo. The condo has huge windows and dark, shiny floors. I have shot condos like this before and had good luck by setting the WB for the sun, exposing for the windows, and using an HDR 5 shot sequence and combining in LR. Is there a better solution? The image above was the other photographer's attempt.
The first thing you need to do when you retake this image is to change the composition and remove the shiny table on the left front, out of the photo. It is confusing and doesn't add to the image. Probably moving the camera forward toward the window would get rid of the confusing table. I would try a variety of compositions to find the best angle.
As for dealing with reflections on the shiny floor, using a circular polarizing filter frequently works well.
As for lighting, an HDR sequence will work if that's what you are used to using. Another way would be to use flash to get the proper window exposure and then blend with an ambient exposure of the floor and rest of the room.
Any other ideas for Ken?