I’ve been a professional photographer for almost nine years and in that time I’ve photographed hundreds of houses around the country. This property just outside Dungannon is definitely one that’s going to stick in my head for a while to come!
Through the nature of working with estate agents I photograph a lot of terraced houses as well as properties in housing developments and apartments but it’s rare for truly one off houses to come on the market. The house was designed from the ground up by its current owners and of course, architects and specialised building techniques were employed.
Straight from the start I knew this was going to be a difficult shoot. The weather on the shoot day was hot for Northern Ireland, temperatures were sitting around 25c and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I shot this house around lunch time. Had my schedule permitted it I would’ve preferred to shoot these images around 5pm. The sun would’ve been a good bit lower in the sky and a lot less powerful meaning significantly softer light and more managable highlights.
As you can see from the pictures in between the paragraphs of text, the house uses a lot of glass in its construction. Couple copious amounts of glass, midday sun and white walls results in a recipe for highlight issues. Thankfully I was able for the most part to control the balance between highlights, shadows, whites and blacks due to the versatility of the RAW files produced by the Nikon D750 and the control offered by Adobe Lightroom 6.
As with all other houses I’ve photographed lately the lighting is handled by at least two speedlights. Due to the crazy prices of Nikon speedlights I’ve started moving across to Godox. Compared to £350~ Nikon asks for a new light, £85 from Godox is just a no brainer! I would need all of the lights to ensure equal and balanced lighting; this consisted of 3 Nikon and 2 Godox speed lights.
Due to the insane amount of sun light pouring through the windows I would have my work cut out for me. I would have to run the lights between quarter and full power to get the images looking good, but thanks to the super powerful Eneloop batteries the lights kept on going until I was done. I was panicking that due to the sunlight coming from outside and the increasing temperatures inside that I would experience thermal issues with the lights but thankfully everything worked out fine.