Hey everyone! Some of you haven’t met me yet but you might have heard about me, so let me introduce myself: My name is Holly Brown Bear (yes, I know, but that is my real name) and I’ve been hired on as a photo editor here at Bang-On Photography; before my time here I went to Vancouver Film School as well as the New Brunswick Collage of Craft and Design and have been in the industry for about 3 years now. I’ve learned an insane amount in the 6 months I've worked with Chris so far and the first images he put me on were interior design edits. I was mainly a portrait photographer up to that point and he said it would be a good place for me to start learning different editing styles; this made me think it would be easy. HA! Little did I know that for the next week I would be leaving the studio dizzy from leveling out horizon lines and warped angles. My brain was literally trying to correct the sides of buildings and sidewalks as I walked by! Talk about taking your work home with you... jeez. Now that being said, I love a good challenge and Bang-On does a ton of interior design work so it was the perfect spot to dive right in. I want to share what I've learned to focus on while editing interior design photos and how to turn a strong image into what Chris would call a “Banger”! So let's go:
Bringing attention to the right places:
Most home and interior styled shots are very bright and beautiful, which is great because that’s what you want to see; but it can make you get a little overwhelmed all-in-all. With all of the natural light and white covered walls and counters it can be easy for an image to become washed out and over-exposed, causing the details of what really makes the place so special to get lost in the process. Our eyes are drawn to light, and it makes a home look welcoming, large, and clean; so it’s my job to balance the light in the image to make sure that you can see all of the fine details in that white light. Are the counters tiled with any special markings? Are the light fixtures finely designed pieces of art? Are the ceilings textured? These are all things you want to be able to see without losing the brightness, all of which you would be able to see with the naked eye. People don’t always realize that our eyes are finely tuned instruments, cameras can’t do what our eyes can, they’re only instruments of art imitating nature and will never be as good as the real thing. It’s my job as an editor to take the images that Chris takes and make them feel as though you were really in the room when you look at them.