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Before and After Photos

In ideal conditions a single image will show an architectural space in its best light. When conditions are less favourable I will use a tool-set of shooting, lighting and editing techniques to make the scene look like the eye would perceive it.
Below you will find a few examples of the work that goes into making a property look like star.

 

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Brief

Show the depth and scale of the housing project at blue hour, while hiding the impact of construction work.

Challenge

A lot of elements draw attention from the building: Power lines, holes in paving, traffic cones, a mailbox, reflections in windows, window frames are blurred by bright lights

Solution

The image was shot from a ladder leaning against a bus stop. The higher vantage point allowed to add motion to the frame by capturing moving cars. Distracting elements were removed using different cloning techniques.

Brief

Capture the master bedroom and its connection to the garden.

Challenge

The lawn was patchy in drought conditions, flat sky without interest. Fence and piping are distracting. The terrain sloped down a lot.

Solution

This image was shot from a ladder to gain elevation in relation to the bedroom. The sky was replaced entirely to add more depth, the fence removed and the lawn retouched to look closer to conditions in spring.

Brief

Create a hero image of the house in its natural environment in blue hour conditions.

Challenge

Flat contrasts and colours after sunset, clouds were blown away just before sunset.

Solution

Selective adjustments of colours and contrasts in post production. I added clouds from previous photographs just before sunset back in. Trailer and container on the right removed.

Brief

Show the appeal of the sitting area.

Challenge

Lots of head-on reflection that can not be removed with filters. Polarizing filters tended to create distracting criss-cross patterns on insulated windows. Too much contrast between interior and exterior.

Solution

Most but not all of the reflection was removed in post production. Darker exposures were blended in for windows in certain areas only. The end of the kitchen counter was removed. The image was delivered with and without people in the scene to serve different purposes.

Brief

Capture the atmosphere of the spa area at night.

Challenge

Shady areas show no detail whatsoever, general lack of light after sunset, pool and shower do not stand out.

Solution

The final image is composed of six exposures. Key architectural features were lit up individually to accentuate mood and give the image intention. The pool cover was too heavy to carry so it was removed in post production.


Brief

Show people flowing through the brightly lit bus exchange.

Challenge

Very little foot traffic.

Solution

I decided to take multiple exposures of different people and merge them into one image in post-production. 

 


Brief

Show flow and connection of the living area.

Challenge

A lot of reflections in shiny objects needed to be addressed. The natural light was beautiful but caused lots of shade in the furniture. Highlights in the windows were completely blown out.

Solution

Rather than shooting extremely wide to capture the skylight I decided for a closer shot that implies the skylight. I believe this fills the frame better and retains the comfortable mood of the living area. I fixed reflections by using a scrim and polarizing filters. All props and dark areas were lit individually to add more depth to otherwise flat lighting. Brightness in the windows was reduced enough to imply the outside without showing the busy intersection in too much detail. The final image is a composite of 27 exposures.

 


Brief

Capturing the cool, technical look of this data centre with computer engineers at their work place.

Challenge

Insufficient light to make the engineers stand out. Lots of colour cast from different light sources.

Solution

The engineers give the image a sense of scale and add activity. The final image consists of two photographs. One for the lit engineers, one for the environment. Distracting elements like the rails on the floor and colour cast was removed to emphasize the clean look.

 


Brief

This beautiful holiday home has a great open living space with an indoor/outdoor flow to the patio. The mission was to capture this flow in a realistic manner despite challenging light conditions on a bright summer day.

Challenge

Overly bright windows and shafts of light, reflections in metallic surfaces. Dark furniture and props.

Solution

The final image is composed of 22 exposures, with props and furniture lit individually. Reflections have been eliminated by using a scrim. Light on the bottom right has been blocked out with a black screen.

 


Brief

The brief for this image was to capture a blue hour exterior that captures the huge windows and how the living space connects to the garden.

Challenge

This show home is on a busy intersection. The building lighting was turned off but its housing was blocking the ideal angle. With water restrictions in place the grass was quite yellow. The discolouration was emphasized by the orange flood lights on the intersection.

Solution

Lighting in this image has been completely replaced as the colour cast and shade created by the streed floods was too strong. This was achieved through 34 exposures with lit features and walls. The big cage in the foreground was removed and the lawn fixed. The final image aims to emulate the look of design renderings.


Brief

Show the pool area with an emphasis on mood and lifestyle.

Challenge

Dull light just after sunset. Distracting reflection and leafs in the pool. Maintenance gear behind sunchairs not moveable. Sky too bright.

Solution

All key features in the image are lit individually with a small light to draw the eye away from the bright sky. A second, darker exposure of the sky was copied in. The final image is a composite of 17 exposures.

Brief

Create a compelling image of the maintenance area of the property, with an emphasis on woodshed, trees and concrete walkways.

Challenge

Trees and stacks of wood look flat for lack of light before sunrise. Distracting foreground features.

Solution

Trees and firewood were lit separately, all distracting elements removed in post production. The final image is a composite of 8 exposures.

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