Real Estate with 400ws lights

11 years 3 weeks ago #115018 by Nakean
I've been using speedlites, umbrellas, and 500iso for most of my Real Estate shots to get some of that lovely ambient glow from light fixtures while keeping walls clean(white).
My question is I have recently purchased 400ws strobes and only shot one interior with them. It was a rather large Salon and the problem I was running into was the hot spots on the ceiling I was Bouncing the light off of.
Would I be better bouncing it off the wall behind the camera Instead of directly above on the ceiling?
How do you light with powerful lights? The more powerful the light the hotter those bounce areas are going to be. If I bounce off the wall that creates even more distance between my light and the furthest wall creating a faster fall off of light. How do you handle this situation? Here's a my Real Estate Photography Website

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11 years 3 weeks ago - 11 years 3 weeks ago #115237 by MLKstudios
There is no one right way. Each room requires different techniques.

Unless something is moving, you don't need a ton of light. Most architectural photographers I've worked with use tungsten (with multiple exposures and filters back in the film days).

The most important thing is to understand the color of the light, and either use it or correct it.

Also, light fall off is slower the further away the light is. It drops of quickly nearer the light.

That's why a few extra feet (or even miles) from the sun doesn't change the exposure.


Matthew L Kees
MLK Studios Photography School
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"Every artist, was once an amateur"

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