Interiors photographer explains the extreme retouching detail of a professional shoot
posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT
High-end interiors photographers spend as much, if not more, time and effort on post production as they do taking the baseline photo. Much of what makes a great photo comes in removing what can distract from one. Samuel Zeller, in a detailed article on DIY Photography, comprehensively explains what he looks for in an image and what his steps are to improve a photo before its final send-off to a client.
Here is what Zeller started with, straight out of camera:
Zeller uses a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop to complete an image, and shows that what he gets in camera is often extremely far from what his final image will amount to. In this graphic, he shows all the pieces that he intends to fix in a starting photo:
After making local adjustments and balancing color, Zeller then spends a great deal of time working on specific aspects of the photo in Photoshop to make them as perfect as he can.
When you go through his whole piece, you'll see how much detail he puts into parts of the photo you may not even ever focus on. Part of why his image is so good is that there is no distracting elements, and everything feels cohesive and deliberate. From minor desaturation of elements, to highlight recovery, to replacing the visual on a television monitor all contribute to a more quality final image.
Make sure you take a look at everything Zeller did to craft his final image, especially if you're interested in becoming an interiors photographer. Learning to fix something in post is second to training your mind to notice what needs to be fixed in the first place.