Pulling in the Windows...

As Real Estate photography has now become the principal income for Mac-Access, there became a need to 'pull in the windows' of some of the photos taken for real estate sales.

Seeing HDR techniques cannot handle the extreme contrasts in light that you often find while taking photos indoors, I had to turn to adding artificial light to some inside shots. Usually the ones requiring a good outdoor view to be seen from indoors. Often the selling point of a home with great views. 

With some assistance from You-tube and some inspiration from the RE photography taken in the suburbs of Kensington and Flemington, I went about the challenging process of trying to 'pull in the windows' or fill the windows of an indoor scene with an outdoor exposure. There are many ways you can do it with varied success. The bottom line is that to achieve the effect successfully  it requires time for setting up flash gear, getting the lighting right and often time in Photoshop.

Here is an example to demonstrate the desired outcome... 

 Although this HDR provides a well exposed indoor scene, the outdoors is very much over exposed.

Although this HDR provides a well exposed indoor scene, the outdoors is very much over exposed.

Another image is taken with flash units off camera setup to expose the windows area, but the light reading is taken for the bright outside light. Then the separate images are combined in Photoshop to 'Pull in the windows'.

 Windows Pulled in after a session in Photoshop. You can now see the water of Lake Eildon through the windows.

Windows Pulled in after a session in Photoshop. You can now see the water of Lake Eildon through the windows.

 Another  Image sent to the agent

Another  Image sent to the agent