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Media Room - Editing BTS

I just realized I hadn't added an actual blog post since the site redesign, so I grabbed an image from a recent shoot to show you how it was made.

Below is the ambient-only image, which was exposed for the brightest thing in the room in which I wanted detail.  In this case, it's the lights at the back of the room.  I didn't mind blowing out the bulbs and immediate area around them, but wanted to retain detail in the glass globes.

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Here's the photo after adding light layers.  It's a combination of overall light set at lower power, and several more focused flash pops on specific areas I wanted to highlight (table, couch pillows, plant, artwork, cabinets, and barstools).

I've also marked some elements I want to remove in order to present a cleaner image with fewer distractions.  Those elements are circled below: can lights, vents, security lights, security camera, thermostat, lighting control panel, and some little slivers of white on pillows that drew the eye unnecessarily.

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Here's the finished product.  I hope you enjoyed this short post on editing!

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