Interior photography with additional flash

22nd November 2020
Hamish Niven
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[vc_row color_scheme="white"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Good photography is essential to all forms of architecture and interior photography, and for the past 6 years, I have been using powerful flash lighting to compliment the photography that I shoot for interiors.
Adding flash allows me to manage the colour cast in rooms, it allows me to make the spaces look more natural. It allows me to reveal views through windows and add details back into shadow areas.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Listed farmhouse

This room needed flash photography as well as several bracketed photographs to build up the final photograph.
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3 flashed photographs were combined to the before photograph to create the after image.

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Room with 1st flash

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Room with 2nd flash

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Room with 3rd flash

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The holiday rental apartment

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Creating the after photo

  1. a flash in the kitchen (left)
  2. a flash on the stairs
  3. a flash on the backs of the chairs (facing the camera)
  4. a flash on the mirrors and the wooden sideboard
  5. a flash on the ceiling above the table

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Luxury villa

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Creating the after photo

  1. a flash on the artwork behind the sofa
  2. a flash behind the open door that leads up stairs
  3. a flash on the backs of the chairs (right of camera)
  4. the painting (right) has reflections partially obscuring it, so light was blocked off and a flash fired to reveal the swan in her arms.

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Hotel Room in Cape Town

This is a more typical example of what is needed in a photograph. The photograph of the room (1), additional light to make the room look nicer (2) and flash light needed to see the room and the view (3).[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Room exposed to see inside

photo 1

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Flash fired to light bed and ceiling

photo 2

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Flash fired to see view and room

photo 3

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]These 3 photographs and 3 others were carefully combined so that the final photograph would appear as our eyes would see the space :

  1. the view from the bedroom over Cape Town can bee seen
  2. the room is bright and looks natural
  3. the reflections are removed from the TV

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The finished product

Shoots like these take a little longer to photograph, and take a little more time in processing, but the results bring natural looking images, with a wow factor that simply is not possible without using flash light to bring back colours, views and shadows into the room.

95% of my interior work has shots created like this and responses are always the same:

[highlight]"These photographs are amazing"[/highlight]

see the testimonials page for comments by happy clients.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row color_scheme="white" css=".vc_custom_1606326751521{background-color: #7a7a7a !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Some more information

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