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Interior design photography

With years of photography experience and a passion for taking and processing images I have decided to enter into the world of taking both commercial and residential interior photos. Taking good photograph of an interior space is not as simple as it may seem on the surface. Often times, there is very little room to maneuver and good angles may be hard to find. To get the shot you may find yourself cramped in a corner and perched in a peculiar position. Two essential for doing this type of photography are a tripod because lighting is often very low and you will need higher shutter speeds and a good wide angle lens. Below are a few images from a recent shoot. To see more visit see my portfolio page or the photo gallery.

Snow White photo shoot

The afternoon began with a nice rain storm but luckily cleared to allow the photo shoot to take place. The idea for a Snow White inspired shoot was that of the model Caitlin, who also created the costume. The concept was to try and re-enact some of the memorable moments from the Disney fairytale. Despite the dampness everything played out well and I think I was able to capture some decent images in the end.

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Night or low light photography

My favorite time to take photographs is in the early evening and into the night. The majority of the black and white, city scenes, panoramic and astrophotography images were taken in the late evening or night. I find it is a great time to take photos because of the even light conditions and lack of hard shadows. Sure it presents some challenges but the images become more saturated and details come alive. There are two main challenges when it comes to night photography; the first is focusing in low light conditions and the second is getting the exposure right. Luckily we live in the world of digital photography which makes things a lot easier than others (including myself) had to deal with in the past. Today’s SLR cameras are equipped with LCD displays which provide us with instant feedback. After you take a picture you can review it on the viewfinder to check for focus (enlarge the image as much as possible) and assess the exposure. If the image is too light, reduce the exposure, if it is too dark, increase the exposure. By doing this you can, with some trial and error, get that exposure near perfect. Even if it isn’t perfect you can always fix it in post processing if it isn’t too far off.

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Panoramic photography

I have always found panoramic images interesting. The ability to combine 2 or more photographs, horizontal, vertical or both, opens up a new realm for displaying a scene. The image featured above is actually a combination of 12 images, 2 rows of 6 images, spanning from Gatineau on the left and across the bridge to Ottawa on the right. I love this image because I was able to capture a beautiful sunset as it occurred during the summer. The process to capture the image was to make sure the camera was as level as possible (on a tripod for best results especially if you are taking long exposures as I did) and then take a series of photos across the scene, ensuring to overlap each by 10-20%. It is best to take the pictures in manual mode to ensure the exposure is consistent across all the images. The next step is to use either Photoshop or Lightroom to do some preliminary processing on the RAW images and then sync those settings across all of the images. I like to do this before I merge the images into a panorama but you don’t have to. In Photoshop you can then merge the images – you have a few options to choose from but I find¬† auto works just fine. Once the image is finished, merge the layers and then do your final editing on the image to add your special touches.

I always shoot in RAW because of the exceptional quality and range of adjustments when it comes to post processing but you can use JPGs if you are not familiar with RAW.

 

Butterfly by Scott Hill Photography

Welcome to Scott Hill Photography

This is the first post of what should eventually be a good resource for aspiring photographers (at least that is the goal). I am still working on setting the site up so what you see now will most likely change depending on when you see it. I am hoping to use this blog to pass along some useful and inspiring information about photographic techniques and my experiences. I will be opening up the site to comments once I am able to finalize the structure. If in the mean time you wish to contact me please feel free to use the contact form.

Contrary to popular opinion, none of the photos on this site are HDR. It is simply a result of my post processing techniques that give them an HDR feel. This is not to say that I will not post HDR images in the future.

I hope you enjoy the photos!