A&P best hdr software?

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  1. joy division

    joy division New Member

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    I typically only shoot people but I've been approached to do some real estate work, I'm abit taken back by it and hopefully don't overbid/underbid this job but...that is another thread...anyways I've never done HDR work, hear PS2s isn't the greatest- checking in to see what you would suggest (viper??) as I'm not on the up and up with other software. I plan on using HDR as a back up if my lighting doesn't work out- on that note any tips on lighting, if I get the job I'll set up before the sun rise because of the direction the building faces (I respect and fear arch shots at the same time...lots of work to make something look simple)- unfortunately the model is a 4500 sq foot loft with huge open areas, and windows on both sides.


    Also what would you do for rights, the work is only going to be used for brochures- the art director said I could use them for my own portfolio but nothing else..and he wants exclusive rights for him/the developer. Most of this I have to figure out on my own and I'm just babbling but let me know about the HDR software :)
     
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    Photoshop CS2 and Photomatix. I use photomatix for all of my stuff, but I think Photoshop tends to give slightly more natural results.
     
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    natural is good...just want properly exposed outside light and inside. I can take care of little shadow areas (hopefully) with my own lighting...I only saw the model today and it wasn't fully furnished, floors weren't even in so I'm just going to pack my car with everything I've got and figure that all out.


    That is if I get the job :x:
     
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    you might just want to manually blend multiple exposures, instead of HDR then. Expose for the exterior in one shot, then expose for the interior lighting in a secong shot. Overlay them in photoshop and selectively mask/unmask for effect. This would have the advantage of allowing for color correction for the different lighting on each layer.
     
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    Cheers for the help.
     
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    Use a flash.
     
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    For the inside shots.
     
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    What format are you shooting?
    What direction does the house face?
    what latitude are you at?

    In an ideal situation you would be shooting 4x5 and doing double or even triple expouser, but if you are shooting digital SLR i would recommend you shoot with the longest lense you can get away with and manually blend the expousers. forget HDR imo, use your artists inner eye.

    edit: if you have location strobes i would highly consider using them with some intelligent placement.
     
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    yeah...I'll be using multiple strobes.




    Just asking about HDR incase all else fails/some homeless person steals my lights, there is a reason I've never used HDR before and probably won't be using it on this job but I had curiosities about it anyway. I shoot digital. It isn't a house, it is an incredibly expensive property (8 stories, roof, each story= one loft...in the heart of downtown denver with views of almost all landmarks) so I want to cover any and all bases...will be a full day shoot.
     
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    8 storys in downtown? i really hope you have a tilt shift lense for whatever body you are using.
     
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    I shot real estate for about a year.

    I only used one flash. :hs:
     
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    it isn't like nyc...there is a 4? 6? lane road right infront of it, no problems.
     
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    I'll pack it all- start with the least amount of equipment when I'm there.
     
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    Best way to roll. :cool:
     
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    What were you charging for that year you were working? Were they the typical ~hour shoots where they just want clear pictures of bright interiors?
     
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    Pm sent. :rofl:
     

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