I was recently commissioned to photograph a kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace for a custom woodworking company here in Calgary. This was a vacant infill so I just had the built-ins to work with, no staging or decorations.
For the kitchen I wanted to emphasize the amount of light that comes in from all four sides of the room. There's a ton of natural light, but in camera it just didn't have the impact I wanted, so I set off adding lights to mimic and boost the ambient light.
The added light also emphasized the wood grain and texture that would otherwise be a bit bland with only natural light.
Once that's done, I decided to swap out the existing window view for something a little greener and more natural. This helps keep the viewer's attention on the inside details rather than distracting them with the power lines, houses etc. that are outside.
Once the images are captured on location, they are taken into Photoshop to be composited and cleaned up. A lot of post processing is about blending light and taking out distractions. These could be reflections on shiny surfaces, small dirt and defects in the scene, or light switches, alarms, air vents etc. Click the play button below to watch the image build!
With a solid composition, a bit of extra light and some fine-detail work in photoshop the set really came together, regardless of not having the images staged or decorated. The amazing woodworking also helps :) Check out a few of the other final images from the set below.