Rob Moreno in Boston wants to know if anyone is willing to disclose their secrets for getting great window pull in any room. Rob says:
I can create some half-way decent window pulls, but there are times when I can't seem to get it spot on. This is particularly challenging when I have a larger room and my speed lights don't have the power to adequately illuminate a room. Also, for rooms that have windows at a longer distance. I'm curious to know what some of the other photographers do to get that million dollar window pull. Anyone willing to give away trade secrets on window pull? Is there only one sure-fire way to accomplish this? I'd like to get this "in-camera" vs post, but I understand it may not be realistic.
My standard technique is meter for the window then light the room up like the 4th of July!
I'll start out with my tip for getting "million dollar" window pull. Because window pull in some rooms requires some serious flash power, one way to get more power you can use a studio type flash. One alternative for this type of flash is a battery powered N-flash that can be triggered by most wireless triggers. The N-flash isn't available in the US but Mark Shapiro, long time PFRE reader in Sydney, AU sells them (at least he did 2 years ago... haven't talked to him in a while) and many Australian real estate photographers use them. Mark uses the N-flash exclusively and his portfolio on his site has plenty of examples of "million dollar" window pulls. Another effective way to achieve a great window pull is by utilizing "Darken Mode". Here's an in-depth tutorial by Rich Baum on how to properly use this technique.
Anyone else have any window pull trade secrets they are willing to share?