Author: Garey Gomez
A big part of real estate photography is becoming comfortable and proficient with a workflow that gets results you want, without taking too much time. Efficiency is the name of the game. Many photographers, myself included, use small strobes to light the interior to overcome the dynamic range and augment the available light, and if you have a solid workflow that is repeatable in most rooms you shoot, you might find yourself simply defaulting to that workflow without giving any thought as to whether it would help the photo you are making.
While most of the time it makes sense to bring out the flash, there are times when it is just not needed. At a shoot last week I was in such a situation, and it served as a good reminder to me:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The light in this home was fantastic, and because the architect was thoughtful about the design of the house and its windows (and painted the walls white), I did not have to contend with much dynamic range shooting the interior, and color casts were minimal and easily taken care of with my Lightroom preset. With low dynamic range, and with really sexy natural light, I decided to leave my lighting equipment in my bag. In this modern home, I think it works great.
It's great to know how to use your tools, but it takes a little restraint--something I am always working on--to know when to use them, and sometimes more importantly, when NOT to use them.
Are there any situations in which you change up your typical workflow? I'd love to hear about it.