Photography Tip: Avoiding ‘the Cave’ Look
Shooting a darker room, especially with a bright window in the room, can be a little tricky. If not done correctly the room can appear very dark, with the main focus being on the bright window instead of the room itself (creating a ‘cave’ look), which is not the most effective way to showcase a room. Here are some tips on how to avoid this:
• Make sure your camera’s flash is on. Most cameras’ flash is indicated by a lightning bolt .
• Make sure to turn on all lights.
• Try to avoid focusing the camera directly at a large window.
• Point the camera away from the window then press the shutter release button half way. Once your camera has set the exposure (you will feel the cameras lens move and in some cameras a light goes on to tell you it’s ready), re-frame your image and continue pressing the shutter release button until the camera takes the shot.
• If you’re using a tripod and your camera has exposure options, use the Night Mode . This will give you a longer exposure which will allow you to get detail in the shadow area.
Following are 3 sets of photographs to serve as examples. The 1st photo of each set is an actual photo taken by an agent. VHT contacted those agents and re-photographed the listing…the 2nd photograph of each set is the resulting VHT photograph. In addition to the above tips, VHT also used the 3 tips posted on November 20th when shooting these photographs.