Making Not Taking Photographs

Backstage views on making photographs professionally

Make or Take that photo your client wants…

Posted by Mike on April 6, 2009

In this case you have to make a photo. The real look of this warehouse type office building is not that great. The pavement is poor, and power lines are everywhere…

So you make a better photo from 10 exposures over 90 minutes of when the sun was going down. Post included layering and masking and color manipulating into one pretty good one.

nw kidney center kent, wa

In response to a request/comment here are the layers used to make the above picture:






In exposure one you can’t really tell but the bushes are lit up with car headlights.

There is aproximately 45 minutes between 1st and last exposures.

4 Responses to “Make or Take that photo your client wants…”

  1. Colleen said

    Nice shot Mike, but you should post the before so we can see your magic.

  2. Mike said

    I have posted the layers used to composite the photo.

    There were about 100 exposures in 3 different camera locations. These 5 were used to get the final image. The other 2 camera positions were rejected for various reasons.

  3. Colleen said

    You mean you didn’t just push a button in Photoshop to apply an action or a filter? You actually had to plan this out ahead of time, then think it through as you manually worked on all those seperate layers in Photoshop. Wow, that requires talent, wisdom and experience! Ok, I may be a bit of a wiseass, but people need to realize that good photographers who can produce images with impact are worth paying for. Approximately how much time did you spend in post production on this image?

  4. Mike said

    Yeah I knew what the shot needed to look like ahead of time.
    I wasted some time in post on photoshop’s hdr rendering… It didn’t work and left a nasty color cast and a contrast curve I couldn’t fix. So if you include that in the deal I suppose there is 2 to 2 1/2 hours on this photo in post. So if you were going to get a half day for this one photo you should charge accordingly.

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