More Lynda.com Videos — Kitchens & Twilight Exteriors

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Lynda.com just published two more courses in my Real Estate Photography series — “Kitchens” and “Twilight Exteriors“.

These are arguably the 2 most important shots a real estate photographer makes. The kitchen is certainly the room where the most remodeling dollars get spent, and it’s nearly always a “money shot” even when it’s not snazzy. And for sheer sex appeal, it’s hard to beat a good twilight exterior with a vivid deep saturated sky and glowing windows and soft glamour light everywhere.

Perversely, these are often the two shots photographers struggle with the most, and so in these two courses I’ve laid out the strategies I follow to really make the most of these opportunities. In the kitchen episode we discuss styling, lighting, and composition to show off the room at it’s best, and (dare I say it) we get a pretty doggone good result, in a kitchen that is frankly not a prize-winner. And in the twilight episode (which I have not yet watched….maybe this weekend) I go for two photos in one night, which involves (literally) some running around.

Feedback? Hit me up in the comments!

17 responses to “More Lynda.com Videos — Kitchens & Twilight Exteriors

  1. Hi Scott – I came across the kitchen episode on Lynda.com just the other day and really enjoyed it. Bringing this kitchen photo to the interior design quality level was fascinating to see, and teaches me not to jump to conclusions about what’s possible. I was particularly surprised by the high and long camera viewpoint, which is nothing like I’ve ever done in a kitchen. Add the the simulated shift-lens technique, and there was a lot to learn! (Not to mention your ability to sort out the styling points, which is always instructional).

    Although I have all your materials, I’m still occasionally clobbered with various lighting issues. As you say, kitchens can be the toughest. And while lighting this one from outside worked beautifully, it seems unusual that a kitchen can be simply lit this way. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’d love to learn more pro lighting techniques in kitchens and in other rooms that present challenges.

  2. Hi Scott! I just finished your video series, talk about a lot of material!! I’m wondering if the Lynda.com courses are the same material or different in some way? Thanks, Jim

  3. Hey Scott, Sort of the same question as James… But it had to do with the twilight episodes. Ty

  4. The white balance + desaturation of oranges was so helpful! I’ve been wondering how to get that look without a lot of masking in PS. Awesome stuff. Thanks so much for the inspiration as always!

  5. Scott.. .wonderful series on kitchens! Thanks so much. Can you give some tips on avoiding shadows with flash lighting. Those hanging fixtures and ceiling fans!!

    • Hi Kev,
      I’ve got several resources for how I light interiors, notably the video series “www.lightingforrealestatephotography.com” where we address that issue directly in the “Dining Room” episode but also elsewhere, my book “The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors” which are both available in the right-hand sidebar this blog. There’s also several courses from me on Lynda.com.
      Any of those would lay out the basic precepts of lighting interiors pretty clearly. After that, it’s just practice.

  6. Hi, Scott. I’m a big fan of your work. I really enjoyed your bathroom series. Any quick tips on how you light a small bathroom with no natural light and still get it looking “real”.

    • Hi Karen,
      I don’t think bathrooms with no natural light really exist. There’s either a door, a window, or a light fixture, or all three. Any of them is letting in some light – use it! Then, if you don’t like that light, you can add some of your own.

  7. Hi, Scott! Thx for you incredible videos! I learned a lot from your videos and have repeatedly used the knowledge into practice. Do you plan to create videos about commercial? Large space, lots of light sources at different temperatures and so on.

    Thx for your great work!

    • Hi Alexandr,
      Thanks! I don’t do anything different when I’m shooting commercial spaces. The same conditions you describe are present in residential spaces. Large spaces just mean a different lens or camera position, that’s really all.

  8. And… BTW ) Happy New Year! Let it be interested for you in professional meaning)

  9. hi Scott,

    Love your tutorials on Lynda.com. Wonder if you can suggest a good resource or comment on lighting up dark rooms (e.g. vaulted ceilings with dark walls, and hardwood floors). And, do you ever have to shoot indoors at night? If so, any suggestions on your approach?

    Thanks,
    Raeann

    • Hi Reaenn,
      Thanks! The Lynda tutorials are actually a good resource for lighting rooms that aren’t bright enough. I’ve also got a book and another video series (see the link in the right-hand sidebar >>>>>>>)

      As for interiors at night, sure! Just avoid the windows, they’re going to be jet-black except for all the reflections of things inside. Compose around the windows and you can make some great photos.

  10. Hey Scott,

    As an aspiring Real Estate Photographer I have already devoured all of your content on YouTube and Lynda… great stuff, a million thanks! I really like your approach and am doing my best to emulate it.

    My question is, how does your video series “Lighting For Real Estate Photography” compare to this other content?

    Thanks again and best wishes for a prosperous and fulfilling New Year.

    Tom in AZ

  11. I’ve taken all but one of your courses on Lynda.com. I will most likely take your photography business course just for the information. I’m not over-inflating when I say that you are probably the best teacher of real estate photography in the business. Your presentations are excellent and to the point. I really enjoyed watching how you use reflective lighting from the exterior – through the windows. That’s something I haven’t done and I can see how it would add to a portfolio. I really believe that aspiring real estate photographers would do well to study your methods and follow your teaching. I would enjoy more detail on your commercial shooting, especially in regards to detail images.

  12. I just finished the last course on Lynda – the business module. What a terrific lesson! I especially liked the interview with the broker. I almost didn’t take this course because I have a thriving business. It reinforced some of the things I am doing right and it, frankly, hit me in some areas that I have been lacking. Thanks and get some more courses running.

  13. I was thrilled to see some more of your videos on Lynda.com! Naturally, I definitely dig the technical stuff, I’m always looking to learn more. But honestly, the best part is the natural enthusiasm you exude for what you do. When you’re running back and forth to get those twilight shots, you seem legitimately giddy to see the results! It’s nice to know that I’m not crazy for actually loving what I do and that I’m not the only one who legitimately loves planning, setting up and nailing a shot from start to finish!

    Keep up with the vids and thank you for your invaluable insight!

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