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Gord MacEachern
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How to Shoot Interiors of New Homes?


Hi everyone,
I have been asked to shoot some interiors of new homes.I really donít want to use flash, although I do have a Canon 420EX speedlite that I hardly ever use. I own a Canon 100mm 2.8, 24-105L 70-200 2.8 IS L Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 L Canon RebelXT. I would like to shoot in daylight, but is it better shooting at night with the windows dark? I have spent a fair bit on glass for the shooting I do, and this request will not pay much at all (returning a favor). Can anyone suggest the best lens if I were to go buy new or a cheaper new lens that would work good, or how to make my existing equipment work?
Thanks in advance!

10/20/2009 5:03:03 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hello Gord,
I would recommend a 16-35mm, 17-40mm or the 10-22mm lens to get wide enough. Especially with a 1.6 cropped sensor on your Rebel, your 24-105 is really like a 38-168mm - and 38mm is not very wide, especially when you are trying to shoot inside the same room.
You will also need to use more DOF if you want everything in focus. I would use my Alien Bees if there is not enough natural lighting or a couple of speed-lights with large diffusers to spread the light as much as possible. A tripod for slow shutter speeds may be needed. Most homes have very uneven lighting and the Alien Bees are easy to control for how much (power) light to use to get a darker area lit up better to blend with the rest of the room.
John Siskin teaches a very good class - An Introduction to Photographic Lighting - that takes the mystery out of these type of shots. He is very accessible and provides a ton of information in his course.
Good Luck.

10/20/2009 6:39:07 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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  Thanks Carlton!!

10/20/2009 7:59:49 AM

 

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