Remodeled Home for RemodelWerks

I had the fortunate opportunity to photograph a beautifully remodeled home for RemodelWerks. Unfortunately I do not know what the house looked like prior to the remodel. But what I DO know is that the craftsmen at RemodelWerks did a great job here. Their attention to detail did not go unnoticed by me while I was shooting the home. Here's the kitchen:

Photographing homes may not be quite as fast and easy as you may think. It takes more than just a camera and a tripod to make the images. In addition to the necessary knowledge it takes to shoot architecture, it takes time and patience. And in this day and age it helps to have a strong knowledge of Photoshop to make the images you see here. Here is an example of what one image takes:

Shooting on a tripod is critical. It is almost as critical to use ISO 50 or 100 to maximize image quality. I use f/11 or f/16 to increase the depth of field. This means slow shutter speeds. Using a remote release is usually recommended for this. Bracketing exposures is also necessary when the conditions demand it. Here is what bracketing involves.

Shooting bracketed exposures means you are shooting multiple photographs of different brightnesses to be selected (and possibly combined) later. In the case of this image, I used four different exposures and blended them manually in Photoshop using masks. Here is what the corresponding masks look like.

If it looks complicated, just know that it is. Each one of those masks (black and white images) was painted by me manually to effect which parts of the normal photographs are visible in the final image. They are then stacked on to of each other to create this:

I refer to this technique as Extended Range Imagery, a term I learned from Sue Ann Hodges to avoid the commonly used term HDR (High-Dynamic Range). Enjoy some more images captured during this project.