Trying out the Mike Kelley’s architectural photography technique…

This weekend I got the opportunity to go with a few students in Professional Imaging class at BYU -Idaho on a photo excursion. We stop by at the Lift Restaurant in Jackson Hole and I thought it’s perfect for me to try out some tricks I learned from Mike Kelley.

The before shot is the normal shot of the bar and the after shot is the shot that I used Mike Kelley‘s technique on.

Wow! The second shot looks a lot cleaner and more professional looking. Here’s why. In the first shot, there’s a mix of both indoor fluorescent light and ambient light. These lights a very different in their colors and their intensity, creating a mesh of random light and color all over the room. In the second shot, I cut out all of the lights available by changing my camera settings to darken the scene and then I added a speedlight.

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Behind the Scene

I took 26 images painting different parts of the part and mask them together in Photoshop to create this final result image.

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I’m still learning this trick. To see the master of this architectual technique, check out Mike Kelley’s work here.

Check out another blog post from a COM316 Professional Imaging student here