In the last month or so we’ve had several requests to shoot real estate at twilight. These shots first show images we obtained straight out of our high-resolution Canon 5D Mark II and then the image after having being corrected for lens distortion, color temperature, lost highlights, and lost blacks. The before shot shows how being in the right place at the right time goes a long way to create a beautiful shot. The second shows a more refined image processed with all our included touch ups.
Shooting real estate photography at twilight can render dramatic results. The rich blues in the sky contrast with the warm interior lights to create a vibrant color palette. But shooting at dusk has its challenges: first, it is a careful exercise in timing–there is only about a 15-minute window for the capturing those dark blue skies; second, even with advanced cameras and long shutter times, one risks losing detail in the lights and the darks. But by touching up every image we shoot, we are able to use the full sensor data from our cameras to recover detail in the extreme darks and extreme lights–without masking layers in Photoshop or hiring a lighting crew. It is a great, cost-effective way to get stunning images.