Tuesday evening was spent photographing a commercial interior. Having already photographed the space in daylight, we were only looking for two selected views with a evening feel. These views looked through multiple spaces and glass, requiring a combination of the correct time of day and some selected fill light.
Camera positioned up against large glass windows facing south. Looking back into the office and warehouse through a glass wall. Tough reflections to deal with if you want a clean view. I did a couple of things.
- Fight back the day(light). You can either black out the window, or shoot while the sun is down. Our schedule allowed me to photograph when the sun was down.
- One accent light, Profoto D1 Air (1000w, @4.0). The space was well lit, but I wanted to make sure of two things.
A) Illuminate this beautiful wood wall.
B) Separation of visual materials. With our view, you're really seeing a lot of the space. I need to make sure that's visually easy to tell what's what. This simple light allows you to clearly distinguish all the visual layers.
Bonus tip: Think of this as two photographs. One image is everything you'll see. Take that, make it great. The second is the glass box in the center. You can make that glass box even cleaner by turning off the foreground lights. Then make your photograph. Layer that into the final image. All your camera settings should remain the same, just turn off those lights.