Making Photos vs Taking Photos: Adding Television Content to Images
Dynamic architectural photography is much more than just “snapping a picture.” That’s why it is unreasonable to think a project can be photographed with a smartphone with it’s limited capacity and control. Likewise, just because someone owns a “good” digital camera doesn’t mean they have the skills and technique to create a strong image. Rather, a good photographer “makes” a photo by harnessing all of those variables.
A blank or highly reflective television monitor is distracting. Moreover, getting a "live" image on a tv monitor can be a frustrating experience if you can't find the remote or the controls are overly complicated. An architect or interior designer never envisioned their architectural project with a blank screen.
For this reason, we will frequently edit a scene like the one above by selecting one of our stock television monitor screens and adding to the image. This involves not only masking the screen from the original image but scaling and skewing it to match the size, shape, and angle of the screen in the image.
We encountered a similar issue when we photographed the roof top deck of a multi-family apartment project for the architect. In addition, the time of day we shot made it difficult to see anything on the screen.
In addition to adding the monitor image, we also removed the shadow cast by my camera and tripod. To minimize the amount of editing that had to be done, we stood off to the side and triggered the camera shutter remotely.
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