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Re: [OM] (OT, kinda) Helping a nephew

Subject: Re: [OM] (OT, kinda) Helping a nephew
From: <chucknorcutt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:04:17 -0400
Most of what passes for real estate photos is truly awful.  He won't need to do 
much to beat the competition.

Chuck Norcutt



>  -------Original Message-------
>  From: Bob Whitmire <bwhitmire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>  To: Olympus Camera Discussion <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>  Subject: Re: [OM] (OT, kinda) Helping a nephew
>  Sent: Jun 16 '11 14:31
>  
>  Thanks, Chuck, sounds like good advice. I'm not sure how he plans to handle 
> the post work, and whether clients want files or prints. I don't think he 
> knows what he's getting into. <g> But then neither did I when I figured I 
> could take pretty pictures and sell them to tourists. Sigh.
>  
>  --Bob
>  
>  
>  On Jun 16, 2011, at 12:44 PM, Chuck Norcutt wrote:
>  
>  > The camera is OK but can the lens and the flash.
>  >
>  > In place of the flash put a 2-way level in the hot shoe instead.  To
>  > avoid perspective distortion it's critical that the camera be level
>  > front to back and side to side.  To take in the room and avoid the need
>  > to tilt up and down use a 24mm equivalent lens. Set the camera height at
>  > the midpoint between floor and ceiling.  Typically a high rise tripod is
>  > not required unless you're doing a place with cathedral ceilings.
>  > 
> <http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/715140-REG/Sunpak_SP_2W_LV_2_Way_Bubble_Level.html>
>  >
>  > Trying to use flash will be frought with problems due to the good old
>  > inverse square law.  To do it requires multiple studio lights, huge
>  > diffusers and, unless you have powerful modeling lights on the flash
>  > units lots of trial and error setting up the lights.
>  >
>  > With digital it's easier to use the tripod for long exposures as
>  > required and handle the inevitable dynamic range problems (dark indoors,
>  > bright sun outdoors) with multiple exposures and HDR techniques.  The
>  > following is a 2 or 3 exposure HDR image just done on PS by manually
>  > masking different layers.  Note the properly exposed sunlit outdoors and
>  > the non-blown sunlit areas on the closet doors.  The sun was nowhere
>  > near as weak as the photo implies.
>  > <http://www.chucknorcutt.com/realestate.php>
>  >
>  > Color balance can be very problematic with mixed sunlight, fluorescent
>  > and incandescent sources.  Avoid turning on the fluorescents... if
>  > possible.  However, proper presentation of an interior architectural
>  > shot is normally done with lights on... another source of blown areas
>  > and possible need for multiple exposures and HDR techniques.
>  >
>  > This Tokina 12-24/4 (ver II) is a highly rated lens as was its ver I
>  > predecessor.  This lens is $549 at B&H but the ver I can probably be had
>  > for $400 if you can find one in Canon mount.  You could probably also
>  > find one on the bay either new or used.
>  >
>  > The tripod doesn't need to be huge or fancy but it does need controls
>  > that allow accurate positioning, leveling and locking without disturbing
>  > the intended setting... sometimes a tough order.
>  >
>  > I'll probably be incommunicado the rest of the day but may get a chance
>  > to look for additional questions tomorrow.
>  >
>  > ps:  Also have him go buy a basic book on architectural photography.
>  > But avoid loaning him the 4x5.  :-)
>  
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