MY PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS

A lot more goes into making a photo than just taking a picture. On a shoot, I'll spend my time getting the composition just where I want it, arranging objects in the scene, and waiting for just the right light. For some interiors, I'll  add my own lighting when the existing lights aren't what they need to be. What looks good to the human eye doesn't always work well for a camera.

After the photo shoot, I'll spend much more time in front the the computer than I did taking the photos. The final image is comprised of at least three to seven photos of the ambient lighting, and when I use supplemental lighting I'll sometimes use upwards of thirty or more individual photos to get the coverage I want. I've found I can produce a much more natural look by staying away from the more automated "HDR" techniques and instead use manual blending methods which are more time intensive. The goal of the editing process is to bring out the natural colors, balance the lighting, bring out details, eliminate distractions, and depict a building in an accurate but refined image.

Below are some examples of what the process can achieve, and why it's worth the time to get the final result.

THE BROADMOOR MANITOU AND PIKES PEAK COG RAILWAY

For these photos I used supplemental lighting inside the depot to balance the exteriors and bring out the natural colors of the surfaces. With just a one exposure, the lights are too bright, shadows too dark, and colors are inconsistent. The single exposures you see are not taken with a phone or made to look bad in any way, they are the actual images used to piece together the final photos.

UNEDITED BASE

WITH LIGHTING AND EDITING

PARK UNION BRIDGE

Multiple exposures used for this sunrise shoot to restore the detail in the sky and shadows.

UNEDITED BASE

EDITED COMBINED EXPOSURES

KINSHIP LANDING

Lighting was used in the private rooms, notice the difference in the color and detail of the wood surfaces. Lights could not be used in the lobby of this working hotel so the result is achieved through combining multiple ambient photos together.

UNEDITED BASE

WITH LIGHTING AND EDITING

WOODLAND PARK CUSTOM HOME

Multiple exposures used in this drone photo to bring out detail in the landscape. Distractions like the temporary white garage doors were also removed.

UNEDITED BASE

EDITED COMBINED EXPOSURES

SPRINGS RESCUE MISSION

No lighting used in these interiors because of size and time constraints, so a natural exposure was archived through a long editing process, removing color casts and bringing detail into windows.

UNEDITED BASE

EDITED COMBINED EXPOSURES

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