Joining, or ‘stitching’, several overlapping photos together is a great way to include more of a scene than could be embraced by a single photo. Here are a couple of examples, each composed of 3-4 individual photos. In both instances I particularly wanted to include the treetops.
Often I get booked near the middle of the day when the sun is high and the shadows short or absent. “Flat lighting” as it’s described in the trade. Early and late in the day the sun is low, the shadows long and the light warm and buttery, making for more interesting & attractive interior photos in my opinion.
Time-lapse photography ‘speeds up time’ by taking a series of photos (here taken every 3 seconds) and playing them back at 25 photos per second. As with any video, the music contributes to the viewing experience in a synergistic manner, and can have overriding affect on the mood and message. See the minions (commuters) scurry to their work! 😉
Property photographers seldom have the luxury of scouting a property in order to choose the best time of day when the sun is showcasing the home. Hopefully the vendor has a good idea of when that might be, and communicates this to their sales agent who books the photographer. So I was rather pleased to turn up at this home yesterday and find the afternoon sun and venetian blinds playing nice together.
However it IS possible to manipulate light if there’s not enough of it in the right place. In this shot, the light pattern on the floor is natural, however the stripes on the dining table were created by placing a flash outside the window on the left.
We’re so spoiled for sun on The Sunshine Coast that many people prefer to to wait if the weather is less than perfect on the day that their photo-shoot is scheduled. It’s easy to forget though that grey wet conditions often prevail at this time of year as tropical storms drift down the coast and moisture-laden winds roll in off the ocean. Interiors can still look bright and attractive with creative flash placement mimicking the sun, and a subtle sky replacement from the library, so perhaps you don’t have to postpone after all?
I do love cats, but recently was able to video two superb catamarans for the guys at Multihull Solutions In Mooloolaba. Filming or photographing a boat involves similar skills and equipment to that required for filming a house; boats being rather like floating homes, albeit with low ceilings and the chance of drowning should one step over the boundary.
“Cattiva” is filmed with the camera gliding on a short rail mounted on a tripod. I love the soothing feel of such “slider moves”.
“Shellette” combines slider clips with walk-through’s, useful for connecting the various spaces in a boat or home. If you’ve ever carried a full cup of tea you’ll appreciate the jerky motion that could be imparted to a hand-held camera. This motion is smoothed out somewhat by mounting the camera on a gimbaled and counter-weighted ‘Steadicam’.
Rather less expensive than full motion video, a ‘pan and zoom’ slideshow gives a sense of movement by moving a virtual camera across and into (or out of) a still image. It’s not true video; trees & water won’t move in the wind for instance, although there is opportunity to intersperse real video between the still shots.
Yet another marketing option for the toolbox.