Interior Photography for Body Shop, Bullring, Birmingham

December 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I was recently commissioned to photograph the interior of a newly fitted out branch of the Body Shop in Birmingham. The brief was to get images of the shop as a whole and several critical details. In particular, these were showing the use of recycled materials, for example on the counter and some of the displays.  

Technically, the main challenge was the lighting. Throughout the store, it was very contrasty, and much brighter at the top than at the bottom, necessitating considerable adjustments in post-processing. Some of the contrast was alleviated by the use of fill-in flash. But this had to be used sparingly, as the ambient lighting was much warmer than the flash. Due to the warmth of the light, I set the white balance to 3900K, although this needed to be cooled a bit further in Photoshop Raw.

It was difficult to use a tripod outside the store, so these images are handheld, using 1600 ISO. Fortunately, the Canon 5DS-R sensor shows very little noise at this rating.

Most photos are taken with the Canon TS-E 17 shift lens.

 

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