Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I used my 17mm tilt/shift lens to deal with the space limitations - this lens allows one to take the bottom and top half of the scene and fuse them together using Photoshop. To fill in the dark corner I used a Canon 580EX flash that I simple held overhead and triggered manually - the exposure was 4 or 5 second long so I didn't need to worry about synchronizing the flash with the shutter. I made several exposures at different light temperatures, duplicating the process so that I had a range of images of the bottom and top half of the scene.
The RAW files were edited in Adobe Lightroom. I then opened the files in Adobe Photoshop and began the process of blending and balancing the various light temperatures. When I had a top and bottom image that looked realistic I then merged the two halves together in Photoshop. The last step was to clone out my reflection - and that of the camera - and make some final exposure and contrast adjustments.
It is an important aspect of the interior design so it was worth putting in the effort though.