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Shooting And Retouching A Paris Hotel Room By Serge Ramelli

Published: 11/04/2013

Thanks to Ron Sprouse for pointing out this awesome video by Serge Ramelli. Don't be intimidated by the fact it is 22 minutes long. It is well worth 22 minutes. Serge does a fantastic job of walking you through how he shoots and retouches a shot of a hotel room in Paris.

Note that the technique Serge is using is very specialized for shooting small hotel rooms where he has to shoot a single room and create a polished image to compete for the whole job so the amount of retouching is likely more than you will want to do for a large shoot. But the techniques with Lightroom and Photoshop are excellent. He goes through a bunch of useful techniques for making very polished interior images.

Be sure to help him out and click like.

Larry Lohrman

11 comments on “Shooting And Retouching A Paris Hotel Room By Serge Ramelli”

  1. I really like what he did with the spot brush to create some additional lighting enhancements in different areas of the room. For a larger RE shoot, you probably wouldn't have time to do that on all of the photos, but if you could take an extra 2 minutes to touch up one of the kitchen photos and one of the master bedroom or some other room that would be dramatically enhanced with this technique then I think it would show through nicely. I think when people are looking at photos of a house, if they see just one or two that have something special and unique, that can make a difference.

  2. Great! I love this tutorial and there´s a lot more for free in the author´s web and in YouTube. And some courses at a very good price. Very interesting and I think Serge is a great communicator. Thanks Larry!

  3. Great tutorial. he does a lot of the same things I do, but I like the wrinkles. It gives the bed a little texture.

    He didn't mention whether he used any off camera flash. Looks like picking the time of day lessens the need for flash, but I would us a couple anyway to bring out just a little more detail in the shadows.

    Thanks for this!


  4. Thanks for the tutorial!

    I dont know how feasible it would be to work so much on evey photo of a shoot. but definitely on high end or leading shots.


  5. I liked his dodge and burn. "I just try to complexify the light a bit."
    I was surprised he left his lens adjustment in LR to so late in PP as it changes so much.
    Thanks for pointing that one out. Very enjoyable

    Thanks Larry!

  6. Actually it was "I just try to complexify a bit the light."
    Don't want to misquote anyone!!
    That is exactly what most of the merging/fusing programs destroy.


  7. Thanks for the link, I've watched a few more of his now too.
    I'm always looking for new dodge & burn tutorials, mostly for artistic inspiration. I've actually considered taking art classes to enhance my post-processing lighting skills.

    Let me be devil's advocate though: He was shooting a low DR scene with commercial lighting that looks good on it's own. That's a wonderful starting point to show off Lightroom's abilities with a raw file, many of which I already use in similar situations.
    This entire scenario gets much much more difficult to process when you have the normal high DR scene we encounter, especially when adding multiple light sources (ambient + fixtures + strobes). Also, and perhaps he takes more time with paid work, I felt the fixtures were still creating over-exposed burned out areas. This is a problem you can only get so far with using a single image in LR.

    Thanks for posting it!

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