Laser Spine Institute, Part 3: Exterior HDR Photography (Oklahoma City Architectural Photographer)

The final portion of my three-part assignment documenting Laser Spine Institute’s new Oklahoma City Surgical Center was capturing exterior architectural shots. (See related posts, including the ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony and interior architectural shots!) Sadly, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky; but we were blessed with a lovely full moon!

My process:

  1. Over a 2-hour window, capture various angles using bracketed shutter speeds at ISO 100, f/16.
  2. Select the images with the best mid-level, shadow, and highlight detail for each composition in Lightroom 3.
  3. Make basic technical adjustments in LR3 (i.e. straighten verticals, crop, sharpen, black point, clarify, recover, etc.).
  4. Export the 3 corrected images for each composition to Nik Software HDR Efex Pro LR3 plugin.
  5. Build HDR image and make a few tweaks in HDR Efex Pro (add structure, correct somewhat for over-saturation).
  6. Make final tweaks in Lightroom after creating the HDR images. Nik does some funny things to color, in particular, so I made some corrections after creating the HDR images.

This marks only the second time I’ve delivered HDR architectural images to a client, so I invite your critiques in the comments below!

And, that wraps up my posts about my assignment for Laser Spine Institute. Thank you to the staff for accommodating our requests while shooting (Do this! Stand here! Move that! Walk over there! Smile! Don’t smile!), for putting up with me while you were trying to actually work :), and to the management for hiring me. It was truly my pleasure!  I hope we can partner again soon.

– HBA

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About Holly Baumann Photography

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, a commercial and portrait photographer based in Central Illinois. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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