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Atlanta Real Estate Photography – HDR and Exposure Fusion

One of the biggest challenges architectural and interior photographers face with digital photography is being able to capture the entire dynamic range in one shot.  Those not familiar with high dynamic range photography might better recognize this in terms of bright highlights and dark shadows in a photo.  It’s estimated that the human eye can process up to 20 stops of light, whereas a good digital camera can currently only capture about 5.  Often what the camera is able to capture is only a portion of what the eye actually sees, or how it sees it anyway.  When photographing interiors this limitation can be especially difficult to work with.  If you have ever seen photos of the inside of a house where the windows are completely white and blown out you have seen what I’m talking about.  In order to get the view to the exterior to be at a correct exposure the interior would look much darker as a result.  This is the challenge of working with a large dynamic range.

Since getting a single frame that contains both a bright, evenly lit interior as well as a crisp, well exposed exterior is not always possible, we need a solution.

High Dynamic Range Photography, or HDR, is the process of taking several pictures with different exposure values of an identical scene and later blending them together in post processing to produce an image that contains both correct exposure for the highlights and the shadows.  In other words, by taking the best exposed parts from each photo you can combine them to make a idea image.  It’s not quite that simple, but with the right software and expertise it is a very effective means of photographing real estate.

My work as an Atlanta photographer specializing in Atlanta Real Estate Photography has allowed me to master the process of producing photo-realistic HDR images.  From capturing the correct dynamic range on site to subtle adjustments that bring the photo to life, I have produced hundreds of HDR images for real estate listings, print publications and commercial marketing.  My workflow and technique are specific to real estate and its related industries and are the product of years of refining.  Through my experience and expertise with HDR photography I am able to produce a wide range of styles and aesthetics for my clients.  Although time consuming and tedious work, HDR photography for real estate is a very effective tool for those that understand how to work with this medium.

Learn more about Atlanta Real Estate Photography services here.

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

Direct 770-363-3350

email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer website: IranWatsonPhoto.com

Photography Portfolio (Flash required): BestHomePhotography.com

Marietta GA Real Estate – Homes for Sale in Hardage Farm – 640 Hardage Farm Dr

This listing is being offered by the Whittinghill Watson Team (770-363-3350) of Georgia Elite Realty.

Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson.Marietta Home for Sale Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson Listing Agent in Marietta Cobb County Georgia 770-363-3350

We just listed a one-of-a-kind 4 bed/ 3.5 Bath Traditional Home in Marietta, GA and I’m really excited about this one.  It’s located in an active Swim/Tennis Community in Cobb County Georgia called Hardage Farm. This established neighborhood has homes of various finishes and styles, from Brick FrontThree-Sided Brick, Stone and Stucco exteriors with floor plans ranging from Ranch, European, Craftsman and Custom Built.  One of the best features of this community is its location.  Hardage Farm borders Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Those of you who are not familiar with this area should know that this is one of the premiere Parks in Georgia for Hiking, Mountain Biking and Family Outings. It is literally what put Kennesaw on the map and living this close to one of our state’s greatest treasures makes this property highly desirable.

This home has been immaculately maintained.  It’s open, bright, airy and just has a wonderful peaceful feel to it.  Most unique of all is the Private Backyard.  It’s not often you find an Oasis like this in Georgia, especially for under $500,000.  The Salt Water filtered pool has an expansive concrete patio that yields to privacy hedge and Green space.  In other words, this is the perfect home for entertaining, especially in the hot and humid summers of Metro Atlanta. Inside this 3400 SF 2 Story Home you’ll find everything you would expect at this price point. Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Huge Family Room, Eat-In Kitchen with Breakfast Bar and Breakfast Area, Laundry Room, a Half Bath and even a Back Staircase make up the main level.  Upstairs are the bedrooms and bathrooms, including the Master Suite, Guest Suite and a spacious Bonus Room with Walk-In Closets and a Sitting Area.  All of this, and more, and only 5 miles to Historic Marietta Square and Hwy 41 and I-75 Access!

A big thanks to Kathy Nielsen at www.homestagingatlanta.com for consulting with us and helping to pull everything together.  I hope our work speaks for itself.

For more info on this beautiful home for sale in Marietta or to view the entire set of photos in the High Definition Picture Gallery go to www.640HardageFarmDr.CheckOutMore.com .

Marietta Home for Sale In ground pool Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson Listing Agent in Marietta Cobb County Georgia 770-363-3350 Marietta Home for Sale Eat In Kitchen Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson Listing Agent in Cobb County Georgia 770-363-3350 Marietta Home for Sale Granite Counter tops Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson Listing Agent in Cobb County Georgia 770-363-3350 Marietta Home for Sale Master Suite Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson Listing Agent in Cobb County Georgia 770-363-3350 Marietta Home for Sale Master Bathroom Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson Listing Agent in Cobb County Georgia 770-363-3350

Atlanta Real Estate Photography – An Electrifying Night in Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Real Estate Photography – An Electrifying Night in Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson - Lightning Storm Kennesaw, GA

One of the benefits of being an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer is that I often have a camera with me where ever I go.  Every now and then an opportunity presents itself and when it does, I’m ready to get lucky!  On June 22, 2010 a pretty nasty (albeit spectacular) lightning storm rolled through Kennesaw, GA.  The storm at one point was directly over our office building and while I do not recommend going outside and taking pictures under these circumstances, I couldn’t resist.  Capturing pictures of lightning like this has a lot to do with luck.  Typically the show lasts for a fraction of a second, so waiting until you see one pop and trying to react fast enough isn’t really an option.

Here’s how I got these pictures.  First, you will need a good camera, a wide-angle lens and a tripod (something an interior photographer should already have).  When I say good, what I really mean is a camera that has a manual mode and the ability to do long exposures.  Set the camera up on the tripod and adjust the focal length of the wide angle lens until you have a good composition with plenty of sky.  Second, you will need to dial in a few settings.  For this these photos, I set the ISO to 400, The aperture to f11.0 and adjused the shutter speed until about 6 secs indicated a correct exposure (metered off the sunset area).  From this point, simply trigger the shutter to open and wait.  If you are lucky, you will get a nice big bolt of lightning somewhere in the 5 seconds the shutter is open.  Rinse and repeat.

Lightning Bolt by Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson

So with this approach, we still get a good exposure of some of the other interesting elements in the composition (like the sunset and starburst from the lights) and if we are lucky to get the lightning, it happens so fast that it does not mess with the overall exposure.  If your camera allows you to bracket exposures, you can also set it up to take three pictures back-to-back with exposures that are within a stop or so of the original (which is easy to correct later if the picture is a little too dark or too bright).  This technique essentially gives you about 10-15 secs at a time of the camera ready to capture the action.

Oh, and my disclaimer: *DO NOT GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE PICTURES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM.  ONLY CRAZY PEOPLE DO THIS…

Have fun and BE SAFE!

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

Direct 770-363-3350

email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer website: IranWatsonPhoto.com

Photography Portfolio (Flash required): BestHomePhotography.com