I got a call for help today from Karl who will be shooting a large 130 room mountain lodge in Arizona next week. Karl says he has a couple of strobes and remote triggers but no umbrellas. He'll be shooting Sunday through Thursday and would like to have some suggestions "particularly on lighting/possible placements and equipment". Karl says the clients have specifically asked to see the view out the windows on interior shots and he wants to keep post processing at a minimum.
Here are my suggestions for Karl:
- Use the Naval Observatory site to research exactly when sunset is on the days you are shooting. Just before and after (about 15 to 20 min each way) sunset will be optimum getting some stunning interior and exterior lights on shots.
- Use Scott Hargis's classic post on how to use multiple strobes to get proper interior window exposure.
- Looking at the existing photos on the Greer Lodge web site. it looks like many of the interior walls are varnished log style finish. These type of walls make it tricky to bounce light off of walls. For these situations you might want an umbrella or a large white reflector to bounce light off.
- Most of the rooms look fairly small, however, if there are large rooms with log walls you may have trouble getting by with just two strobes. You could work around this problem by shooting some bracketed shots to blend together either with Photomatix or "by hand" in Photoshop.
Anyone else have suggestions for Karl on how to handle this shoot? I'm sure I've missed something.
Good luck on the shoot Karl. Be sure to show us some of the results from the shoot.