As you might have noticed I have been a bit lax about my behind the scenes posts. Mostly because these require a bit more time to write them and time is not something I’ve had a great deal of lately. However, I do have a couple of really interesting posts for this series coming up in a few weeks (the images still need to be published by the client) so stay tuned for that.
Moving on to today’s post, this was a shoot I did for a Dubai based architecture firm. They completely remodeled the interior of a beautiful penthouse apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road and the results were a couple of very beautiful, minimalist rooms.
The main focus of the shoot was the living-room, but we did get to photograph a couple of the bedrooms as well.
Probably the biggest challenge with this shoot was the amount of windows in the apartment. Floor to ceiling windows were present throughout the place which made hiding lights a little bit tricky, particularly towards the blue hour when the difference between the indoor light and the outdoor light tends to be quite high and any tiny reflection will show up.
The shot above was taken using two strobe lights shot through umbrellas and one continuous Arri light. The two strobes were hidden behind the stairs, one pointing in the general direction of the window and the other one pointing towards the back of the room to bring some light into that area. One of the lights was flagged in order to contain the light spill towards the window. The Arri was just outside camera left and was pointing towards the lounge chair to highlight the its back.
For the second shot (below) there was an additional strobe light pointing towards the back of the couch to lift it up a bit and the Arri was focused on the front of the couch giving that nice looking spot light right on the cushions.
As always, if you have any questions about these images, I would be more than happy to answer them.