Real estate photography techniques have come a long way in the last 10 years. People currently entering the field have a choice: to attempt to "get it all in the camera" (= a single-frame approach), or to use multiple frames to "composite" or "blend" their images together. In the video, I argue that the single frame approach is quickly becoming an outdated approach.
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Things get in the way on almost every one of our shoots, yet the quantity of real estate photographs we deliver precludes us from doing top notch cloning work. In the video, I discuss ways you can clone things in a fast and efficient manner. I note that in many cases, "cloning" can be much faster and more efficient than moving items back and forth on location. I attempt to convince you that taking care of your inevitable "clone" jobs can many times be accomplished onsite. And lastly, the irony of it all is that actual cloning with the clone stamp tool is rarely your best option.
We are often confronted with lockboxes near the entry of the homes we photograph. Cloning these out is rarely your best option. Instead, the best way to remove things like this from a photo is to "composite them out". So, next time you are in the field and confronted with a potential clone job, first ask yourself if you can use compositing to do the job. This compositing technique can be used with trash cans, TV and lamp power cables, or anything that is moveable within your frame.
Just recently completed my One Light Real Estate Photography compositing tutorial. The course focuses on ways to keep your image quality high, while at the same time not being burdened by long shoots or post-processing sessions.
I start off the course discussing very simple concepts used in compositing such as what a mask is and how they work. The course culminates with an explanation of the lighting and post-processing of the image below.
More information on the course can be found on the course information page HERE.