Basic Room Photo Demonstration with Flambient Technique, Natural, and Flash
Welcome to this lesson, which is going to be a perfect one to refer back to because I'm basically going over the entire standard process that I recommend for real estate photography and this is for an office, but this could be a bedroom, this could be a kitchen, this could be a bathroom, really any type of room, the same elements that I'll walk through will apply. And also in this lesson, I'm going to be comparing and showing the differences in the different lighting styles in more depth including ambient plus flash. So flam bent and then also using the flash with a filter to get more of a natural look. If you want to go for that sort of natural style lighting without a room with a lot of natural light being let in right now. You can see from this view of my camera that I'm in a corner. I'm at my standard sort of waist height a little bit higher for me. I'm backed in as almost as far as I could and I've leveled everything and I'm just trying to get this side of the room. You can see th...
at I have a window open and I have this curtain here that I could close down. I think it depends on what the room is. If you have a room where, you know, you're going to do a window pull, then you might not want the curtain to be closed. And so for this room, I like what's outside the window, it's a lot of green and so we're going to be doing a window pull. But if you have something outside the window where you don't really like it, and there's curtains, maybe close those curtains down if they're sort of sheer curtains like this. So I think that looks pretty good. I'm just looking at the composition, we're seeing pretty much everything. There's kind of a reflection in this poster over here. Let me see if there's anything I can do, sometimes just like tilting up or down will help. And then also, since that didn't seem to be helping, let's just turn off this light and see if it's really adding much to the room, I think for this case, for our ambient shot will keep that off. So let's go through the basic process of the typical photo that I would recommend, which is the flaming style. So the first photo we're going to be taking is with the natural light coming in from the window as well as the ambient lights. Now, there's one light I didn't turn on which is a total game changer and that's this one here because that totally changes the vibe of the room with that little light there. And so having that on is gonna be really nice. So from over here, I'm just double checking, making sure everything looks good. Now, this is my office. So there's some things that, you know, might look a little bit better if I take down like this little light right here. It's kind of ugly. So I'm actually gonna, it's gonna take two seconds to take this off. So that looks better. This plant is a little awkwardly like coming into the frame. I like the plant. Oh yeah, that's way better, at least in my opinion. So I'm gonna take one photo right here. Let's make sure our focus is pretty good. OK? So our focus is good. We are at F eight as always iso 160 then our shutter speed is what is determining our exposure. So we're at one half of a second right here on the app. It just shows it as two, but there's one half. So we're gonna stay right about there like, yeah, one half is pretty good. So let's take this picture. So this is our first photo, the first layer. OK. Now let's turn on our flash and then we're going to do a window pull. But first I would, I just want to look at that photo with the flash and compare it. Yeah, that's pretty good. I might take another one higher power. I was at 1/8 power and this is really just highlighting, adding a little bit of contrast to all of our furniture. Yeah, it's gonna look really good, especially for the shelf over here and now let's drop our exposure. So we're increasing our shutter leaving all of our other settings the same got some nice greenery out that window and we're just going to point our flash right at that window and we're going to take this photo and that was a little bright. Let's drop that power just a little bit. There we go. Let's try one more. I think I might have got a little reflection in there. That was worse. So let's go over here. Cool. Ah That looks good. Ok, so that is our basic flaming setup. We've got our room with the ambient lights on. We have the flash bounced off the ceiling and then we have our window pull. What if we want a different style? Let's go ahead and try to get a more naturally just natural lights style. I'm gonna put my flash down. I don't need that for anything. Now, if we were going to do that, we would turn off our overheads. I'm not 100%. Wow. Look at that white balance on that shot. Not 100% sure about the ambient light right there. It's so nice to have that little bit of ambience in there for this room. But I think for this style the all natural light, let's turn it off and that's just giving more of that natural look. We're gonna be completely over exposing the outside and I'll take one with it exposed to show you what it looks like in post combining it. But this is probably that natural style you might want to go for. So I'm gonna take this shot now, that's a two second shutter. That's why you need a tripod And let's do one where we are exposing to the outside right here. And this time, I'm not using a flash. So we'll be able to combine those images, but it'll just be a little bit of a different process. So that's our natural shot. Now, if you want a little bit more of a naturally lit scene and you want to uh use a flash, I would recommend using an umbrella or some sort of diffusion. So here I have my umbrella which has the filter on the front and within it, there is a silver background of the umbrella. So all the light from this flash is going to bounce and then be diffused through the white. If I didn't want it to be diffused or spread out so much, I could take off this filter and that might look OK? But I'm just trying to get it as natural as possible. So natural light is generally spread out. And so I'm going to just do it something like this. Now, you watching this, you're in this frame, but I'm just gonna do a test shot just to see what this looks like. I'm gonna underexpose just a hint because I know I have my flash and turn this up to full power. Let's take this shot because our shutter is so slow. That might not work well. So what I'm going to do is actually for this case, I'm going to boost my ISO just a little bit to one half of a second and I've boosted my ISO to 800 which should be fine for this camera. You have to know your camera and know how much noise you're getting with an increased iso but so that the camera shutter syncs with the flash, you might need a faster shutter. So let's just take a test shot and that's pretty bright. Ok? So actually I'm gonna decrease that iso we don't need it that high. We still want that half shutter though, something like that. It's looking pretty good. So here we are, I'm gonna move you now. So you're like right in front of that flash, but you're out of the way. So let's take this shot. I'm going to raise up the flash. Let's do that one more time. All right. So now if we look at these photos and I see a little weird shadow coming from the door frame. So what I might do is try one where the flash is coming from right behind the camera, if possible, we don't have a lot of room in here. So now I'm just holding it up. So there's gonna be light coming from behind the camera and that's pretty good. We're getting a lot more light. This room was a little bit too dark to have a totally naturally lit shot because then everything's getting overexposed. And so adding some light with this flash being reflected and filtered, looks pretty natural actually. So you can see the difference that I'll put up on the screen. So that's that photo and that's the process that I would do for pretty much any photo. Next, I'm going to pick a different corner and take another photo. Typically, I would like to go to the opposite corner so that we can see what's on this side of the room. So I would probably pick that corner unless I want to go for that corner. If my camera is wide enough to be able to see what's behind me, which is a closet, which is nice to see, but I want to see the opposite side of the room with the door opening to the hallway again, kind of visualizing, giving a map of the environment as we take our photos and as someone's looking through them. All right. So now I'm in the opposite corner of the room and I think it's the best because I can see the entrance to the hallway as well as this other closet door which is a nice highlight for the room. I have my ambient lights on. I'm gonna go ahead and turn on those hallway lights as well. So now we got a lot of light coming in and you can see that my camera, I actually push it behind this chair. I kind of cheated that chair up a little bit closer. So first I'm going to take my just ambient shot. I think it's a little bit bright. So let's drop down to one third of a second and we'll take the shot, then we'll take one with our flash. Cool. Nice. So that's a pretty basic shot. It's not like the money shot of this room, but it's one that gives more context. All right. I hope this helps and we'll see you then in the next video.