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Offline sandhun

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Struggling with real estate exteriors
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:13:46 AM »
I've been shooting real estate for over a year and I generally get nice clean exposures for interiors as I light using an external flash.

However, the exterior of properties seems to present more of a problem. I live in a country where the weather isn't particularly great so I have to put up with a lot of overcast and/or rainy days.

When there is some blue in the sky I often find that if the sky looks nice and blue in the final image, the house/garden often look too dark. Lifting the shadows in LR can help but I'd rather get it right in camera if possible.

So what I normally do on the camera is drop the shutter speed to something like 1/30th (tripod mounted) and that gives me a better exposure in terms of the house itself - however in doing so, this also strips out all the blue from the sky.

Any thoughts on how I can resolve this issue?

Offline Jenny Gavin-Wear

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Re: Struggling with real estate exteriors
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 04:09:12 PM »
sounds like England, lol

how about a CPL ?

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Re: Struggling with real estate exteriors
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 07:01:53 PM »
You might consider adding fill light with off camera flashes. You could also layer exposures in PS. One exposure for the sky and another for the structure, blended in post.
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Re: Struggling with real estate exteriors
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 10:31:32 PM »
luminosity layers ..

I use them a lot in landscape pp

yes, nice thinking

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Re: Struggling with real estate exteriors
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 01:28:42 AM »
I'm pretty sure the only options are to either use flashes, or blend exposures. I find dropping highlights & lifting shadows on the one exposure always gives a bad HDR look.
I always do one sky exposure & one building exposure blended for real estate.
You would probably have to shoot at dusk or dawn to get the sky & building in the one exposure straight out of camera.

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Re: Struggling with real estate exteriors
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2018, 05:37:01 AM »
Luminosity layers, as Jenny said, plus a a correct sky and house each.