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Challenges of Architectural Photography (1) - Dynamic Range [pics]

When taking interior architectural shots involving external windows, one of the main challenges is to avoid overblown window views. Since interior lighting is often much weaker than external lighting during the day, when the camera is set on a proper exposure for the interior, the exterior becomes too bright, as shown in the following picture:

Now if we try to address this problem by reducing the exposure, the interior can easily become too dark. The lighting range between maximum darkness and maximum brightness that a camera can capture is called its Dynamic Range. All cameras have limited dynamic ranges, and currently even the best cameras in the world, digital or film-based, can't handle all the above situations natively. To work around this limitation, we can employ High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, using multiple exposure shots with different lighting, or simply shoot in early morning or evening when the light intensities between interior and exterior are much closer. With proper planning and techniques, the problem can be overcome, and here is another shot from the same angle:

Here is another example:

2 Comments to Challenges of Architectural Photography (1) - Dynamic Range [pics]:

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Hotel Photographer on Monday, March 05, 2012 6:23 AM
Hello there can anybody recommend a lens for the 5D for architecture interior photo shoots?
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digital camera sales on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:17 AM
I am an architecture and looking for the architecture photography to capture my work in a good photographs. I found your blog quite interesting.
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