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San Clemente Real Estate Photographer

San Clemente Real Estate Photographer

Architectural and Real Estate Photography

Home Staging by Deborah Muccillo – Interiors Within Reach
San Celemente Real Estate Photographer – Marc Weisberg

Home staging Diva Deborah Muccillo of Interiors Within Reach, Laguna Beach, commissioned me to photograph this 10,000 sq. foot lot home in the fashionable community of Telega, San Clemente. It was certainly a challenging shoot. Some of the rooms were rather dark for real estate photography. So I had to pull out every trick I knew to make this property sparkle. Pictured below for the San Clemente real estate photography shoot is the living room with a big picture window looking out to the backyard and hills of San Clemente.

The Real Estate Photography Had Sell The Living Room View: The challenge here is to shoot for ambient light and show the outside vista …. a selling point for this $1.3 million dollar home. For this real estate photography shoot I needed to drop in the windows in post, due how glaringly bright it was outside. To do this I used two images: The fully lit capture and a second capture with no lighting and only exposing for the outdoor ambient light. Using CS5 and a combination of the Magnetic Lasso Tool for the window curves and the Polygonal Lasso Tool for the straight bits it was a quick process to cut and paste them onto the lit layer. A bit of masking was necessary to clean up the window edges and perfect the look. Overall I used a 60″ bounce umbrella with speedlight camera right, another speedlight tucked into the corner camera left to bounce off the wall and hit the arch at the right, and opened an umbrella {as a Gobo} to block light from one of the second story windows that was spilling a nasty patch of light onto the couch. There is no way this could have been done effectively with HDR and retain a super clean look. That’s why I’m a proponent of using speedlights to shoot my interiors and getting 99% of it right in camera with little to no post. Of course there are exceptions, especially when its a selling point.

San Clemente Real Estate Photographer

San Clemente Real Estate Photographer

In the image above, three speedlights were used. An exposure was made to capture the outdoor ambient light {wanted to show off the patio} and then the room {which was pretty dark compared to the exterior} was lit to balance the indoor and outdoor light. Two speedlights, camera right and left, tucked into the corners, high up, on small light stands, bouncing off the walls to the far side of the room towards the patio, and a 20″ umbrella just outside the doorway on the left of the room. I chose this image for its point-of-view and the way the doors framed the formal dining room. The technique is too, as much as possible, keep the lighting soft, as though it was just there naturally.

San Clemente Real Estate Photographer

Kitchens typically take the longest to photograph. There are many reflective surfaces, stainless steel, marble, granite, and glass that all act as mirrors at different angles and they reflect light and everything else. Its very easy to pick up distracting glare. And there are always lots of corners / areas that are dark and need fill light. In this case there are dark wood cabinets, dark granite and not much light was reaching the area. To light the kitchen and keep it looking natural while bringing out all the features I used the following gear. Two umbrellas camera right: a 40″ lighting the foreground counter, and a 20″ umbrella to light the farthest part of the counter and the stove area. Two more speedlights were used behind me bouncing into the wall creating a blanket of soft light filling in the rest of the dark areas of kitchen. In all, four speedlights were used. Only Adobe Lightroom 5 was used to prefect this image.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

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