I hate being stuck behind a computer, editing, so my goal when shooting is to get everything as close to perfect IN CAMERA as possible. Here’s the progression of a kitchen edit.
First we start with the SOOC, or straight out of camera, version. Compositionally I love shooting kitchen one points. They’re just so clean and and lend so well to kitchen lines. With this composition I wanted to feature the pantry as well as the flow to the family room in the distance. With a one point it’s imperative to get your lines PERFECT, both verticals AND horizontals. Even one degree off, your image looks sloppy. Many interiors photographers shoot on geared tripod heads to make this easier. I was pretty happy with this composition but the orangey color of the wood combined with the pendant lights gave this kitchen a sickly orange cast so the next step is color editing.
We worked the levels and color and ended up with an image much more balanced and true to life. There’s a bit of a blue cast on the candle but I’m okay with that. There’s a wall of windows, camera right, which is causing that so it’s a natural cast. I leave those alone. I’m pretty happy with this image with one exception. The shelf to the right of the refrigerator had some messy cables that I wasn’t able to do anything about on site. That had to go!
Voila! This is the final image. It took about 10 minutes on site to set up the comp and place the lights and an addition 5 minutes in Photoshop to perfect the image.
What do you think?
We’re moving into a new office next weekend! And! It’s HUGE (compared to the 150 square foot office I’m currently in)! To celebrate, for the entire month of December I’m opening the studio and discounting my Headshot rates by $50! Come check out the new space and get your headshot updated (it’s time right?)! It’ll be a blast! Give me a call to schedule your sitting!
I shot this cute Craftsman a few months ago and thought it would be fun exercise to break down the shot. In Seattle for the majority of the year we get these gorgeous, overcast days that make shooting interiors absolutely perfect (exteriors is another story). When you have a nice cloud cover the ambient light is so perfectly even that it makes lighting a house a breeze!
This particular day, though, was a rare sunny summer morning. I was getting a lot of very direct, very harsh sunlight through the large window in the living room. On top of that, the composition I was pretty foolish. But! I went for it anyway!
Let’s set this up:
[UPDATE: Sorry! I didn’t realize the commenting was “registered users only.” I’ve just turned that off!]
Every_single_day I receive emails from people around the world asking about how to shoot real estate video. What gear do you need to get started? How long does it take to shoot? What do you need for editing? How do I get clients? What do I think about this [insert gear]?
Guys, I hear you. I try to respond and/or update this blog but, to be honest, it’s becoming a bit overwhelming. To this end I’m kicking around the idea of teaching a real estate video workshop. I’m posting this here to gauge interest in something like this? I haven’t thought far enough to think about a curriculum but I think we’d cover gear, shooting technique, and editing/delivery.
So my question to you is 1) Are you interested? 2) How much would you be willing to pay? 3) What would you want covered?
Hit me up in the comments!
You guys, it’s been awhile. There have been so many exciting things going on over here at Malia Campbell Photography HQ that I hardly know where to begin.
First, as you’ve probably noticed, the website (and blog!) got a major update. I loved the look of my old website but it just wasn’t very user friendly. The back end was tedious and, because it was so much work, I rarely made the time to update it. Also, as my business shifts more toward filmmaking I needed a website that could support video in a more user friendly manner on both the back and front ends. I really wanted something that looked a little better on mobile devices, too.
With that in mind I gave Chris at Giant Seattle a call (he designed our Lighting for Real Estate Photography website!). I told him that I wanted a new website that looked good, was functional and supported video. Oh and I wanted it to look like my old website. And I wanted my blog integrated with the new website. And I wanted my old blog transferred over. And I want my videos and photos to be really big. And scalable. And remember all those things I just said? I want to change my mind. Again. And again. Like a true professional, Chris was awesome and always responded with a “No problem!” I love this guy!
So, take a look around. Tell me what you think. I’m still updating all of my portfolios but the basics are in place.
I started out the year with a goal of updating this blog at least twice a week.
No excuses but hopefully this sneak peek at another Olive 8 condo (listing with Mark Linvill of Coldwell Banker Bain next week!) will help you forgive and forget.
I’ve been CRAZY busy and will have several new projects to share with you soon!
The beginning of this new year marked the end of an era over here at Malia Campbell Photography HQ. This past holiday season I experienced a devastating loss. A loss so great that it’s taken me over a month to even be able to talk about it openly.
My beloved Canon 5D Mark II is gone.
I decided to send her on a little vacation back to Canon’s Irvine repair facility. There was nothing wrong with her, I just thought I’d take advantage of Canon Professional Services‘ free “Clean and Check” program. I thought it would be nice to start the year off with a professionally cleaned camera.
She never made it.
After a month of desperate calls to the Irvine repair center and several near-tears-and-nearly-freaking-out trips to the post office I decided it was time to call a loss. And to make matters worse, I just found out that Canon is discontinuing this particular camera.
I have to say, all of this was very sad to me. This camera was with me through a lot. And even more, this camera really opened up some new doors for me. It was with this camera that I made my first venture into full frame shooting. And my first Canon “L” lens. And my first foray into the world of filmmaking. We traveled around the world together. We made art together.
We’ve been through a lot.
Through this entire ordeal the folks down at Canon’s Irvine center were amazing. They never made me feel like an idiot (even though I was) for shipping a $2000 camera without insurance. OR A TRACKING NUMBER (idiot!). They put a flag on my serial number so that they could pull it and call me with a confirmation the moment it arrived. They put up with daily, then weekly phone calls, even when it became clear that their searches would be fruitless.
They were awesome.
The folks over at Thomas Pickard Insurance were also amazing. A quick run down of events confirmed that I was covered. A claim was filed. And ta-da! A check is in the mail.
It will never replace the camera that I knew and loved so much. And the new camera (a Canon 5d Mark III), while a-MAAAAAZ-ing to shoot with, will never quite be to me what that camera was…
But it’s time to pick up the pieces and move on with my life. Rest in peace, Lovey. You are missed.
In case you missed it, we received a nice little rave for our Lighting for Real Estate Photography video series over on fstoppers. The fstoppers site is, pretty much, the source for news, tips and the general goings on in the photographic community so Scott and I are thrilled for such a great review. Hopefully, if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a subscription, this will help push you over the edge.
If you’re familiar with Seattle real estate you know that Queen Anne is pretty much synonymous with Craftsman style housing so you’ll imagine my surprise when I showed up to shoot photos and video of this home! Such a pleasure to shoot. Hope you enjoy!