exteriors

Shangri-La Nanchang Pre-Opening Shooting - 南昌香格里拉大酒店开业宣传照

Last December brought another great opportunity to work with Shangri-La, this time the Nanchang Shangri-La needed our photography skills for four shots of their new hotel.

We planned to arrive the day before the shoot, so we could look around the different locations. We arrived at Hongqiao airport in the morning but could not check-in as our flight had been canceled. As a result we had to take another flight from Pudong airport. We called our driver to turn back to the airport and pick us up to take us to Pudong airport. Luckily we still had time to get to Pudong and catch the flight. Typically however, our new flight got delayed so we waited for around 5 ~ 6 hours. By the time we got Nanchang, it was evening already. We had to do a rush recce though all the locations needing to be photographed. It was pretty intense only having a day and half for the 4 shots. Before arriving at Nanchang the plan was to shoot at least one shot for a destination photo, but the time restraints meant that this was not possible.

On the first day, we started with the exterior; it was a very cold morning. Scott was so preoccupied with the shoot that he had forgotten to bring his gloves and by the end of the shoot, his fingers were numb to the point that he struggled to press the cameras shutter release. After we finished the first shot, Scott was in pain, but we still managed to get a really nice shot. The sky was so clear and the sunlight was optimal.

The next day, we needed to shoot another destination shot. The subject was the Pavilion of Prince Teng, a landmark of Nanchang. The communication manger had an idea of the shot that she wanted, so we arrived on location in the early morning, when it was still dark and started to look for the right angle to achieve the shot. The area was in the midst of demolition, meaning the buildings in the surrounding area were not particularly safe. We found the perfect vantage on the top floor of one of the buildings. In an abandoned room in somone’s now vacant home we got the perfect angle to photograph the pavilion.

Although it was not the biggest shoot, only having to take 4 shots, it was a very intense job. We combated the shoot’s challenges and were blessed by the results.

去年十二月,我们又再一次和香格里拉大酒店合作。这一次我们去南昌帮他们拍摄他们最新的一个酒店。

我们一开始计划是提前一天到达南昌,所以我们有时间可以去踩点。当我们一大早抵达虹桥机场,在Check-in的时候,地勤人员跟我们说我们的班机被取消掉了。下一班最早的是在浦东机场。我们马上打电话请我们的开车师傅掉头回来接我们,把我们送到浦东机场去。我们运气也算是蛮好的,时间也还够。我们也顺利的到了浦东机场,但是班机晚点了!我们大概又等了5~6个小时的时间。当我们到达南昌已经差不多傍晚了。我们原先的计划都打乱了。我们只能快速的看我们的地点,本来想说可以拍掉一个地标照,但是我们没有多馀的时间可以去拍摄。因为航空的缘故,我们的行程表变得十分的紧凑。我们得在一天半之内完成4张拍摄。 

第一天一大早,我们先把酒店户外照给拍了。Scott因为太专注拍摄,他出门忘了带手套,当天早上非常的冷,到最后他的手指已经几乎是按不了快门了。结束之后,他的手指头就差点冻僵了。但是我们拍到很好的照片,那天早上天空非常的蓝,太阳也很好。

到了第二天,我们去要另一张目的照。我们要去拍藤王阁,这是南京地标之一。这次负责的经理有一个角度是他非常喜欢的。我们天还没亮就到了藤王阁的周边,现场十分的昏暗。我们开始在找他心目中的那个角度。藤王阁周边的都在拆迁,那边的大楼都不是很安全。都差不多像是废弃大楼,我们找到了他想要的那个朝向,爬上一栋废弃的大楼。我们爬到了顶楼的某户人家中。这户人家的阳台是最好的角度,所以我们就在里面进行拍摄。 

这次虽然我们只有4张照片要拍,但是这次行程还是十分的紧凑。但是我们还是十分的幸运,最终我们完成了这次的使命!以下是我们这次的成品!


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Red Leaf Interiors and Exteriors 红枫内景和外景


Last time we focused on the lifestyle shots we did for Red Leaf Women's Hospital. Now we're here with the behind-the-scenes process, and final images for the interior and exterior images. 上次我们为红枫母婴中心拍摄了人物生活照,这次应邀来拍摄内镜与外景的照片。

Our intern Katie and Scott posing for the camera while adjusting the equipment angles. We're not just wearing those scrubs for fun. It's actually required for every individual to wear them once they enter the operating area. 摄影师Scott和实习生Katie正在调整设备位置以便得到最佳拍摄角度,衣着方面,我们穿上了防护服可有效防止细菌扩散,这也是每一位人员进入手术室必须要穿戴的。

Our intern Katie and Scott posing for the camera while adjusting the equipment angles. We're not just wearing those scrubs for fun. It's actually required for every individual to wear them once they enter the operating area. 摄影师Scott和实习生Katie正在调整设备位置以便得到最佳拍摄角度,衣着方面,我们穿上了防护服可有效防止细菌扩散,这也是每一位人员进入手术室必须要穿戴的。

Our client goes in to adjust some equipment. While we were shooting this shot, the first delivery ever at Red Leaf happened. 我们的客户准备检查一些设备以供拍摄能够顺利进行,然而就在我们拍摄这一张照片的时候,医院的第一例分娩诞生了。

Our client goes in to adjust some equipment. While we were shooting this shot, the first delivery ever at Red Leaf happened. 我们的客户准备检查一些设备以供拍摄能够顺利进行,然而就在我们拍摄这一张照片的时候,医院的第一例分娩诞生了。

Lots of trees, lots of green around the Red Leaf grounds. 红枫母婴中心的庭院中一片绿意盎然。

Lots of trees, lots of green around the Red Leaf grounds. 红枫母婴中心的庭院中一片绿意盎然。

The sky that day was bright and blue, a rarity in Shanghai. 天空晴朗,云朵清晰可见,这样的天气对上海来说也是少有。

The sky that day was bright and blue, a rarity in Shanghai. 天空晴朗,云朵清晰可见,这样的天气对上海来说也是少有。

Searching for an angle with some flowers... 寻找一些带花的拍摄角度。

Searching for an angle with some flowers... 寻找一些带花的拍摄角度。

Scott up on the scissor lift, 8m off the ground while holding his umbrella while the owner of the entire hospital looks on (in white). The lift was just big enough to fit one person along with the tripod. The wind after the storm was blowing the lift just a bit, and with long exposures, it was difficult to get a clean shot. We used a balance of a higher ISO in order to have shorter shutter speeds (keeping in mind to not raise the ISO too high to limit grain/noise). 摄影师Scott站在8米高的升降梯上,一手要看护好相机一手要拿着雨伞。母婴中心的老板(图中白色衬衣)则抬头向上看到。升降梯的空间只够一人站立外加三脚架。暴风雨后的冷风吹着升降梯微微晃动,对于拍摄长曝光值的照片则稍微有些困难。我们只有提高相机中的ISO参数以此来减少曝光时间。(记住:拍摄长曝光值的照片一定不要让ISO值过高以免照片太多噪点)

Scott up on the scissor lift, 8m off the ground while holding his umbrella while the owner of the entire hospital looks on (in white). The lift was just big enough to fit one person along with the tripod. The wind after the storm was blowing the lift just a bit, and with long exposures, it was difficult to get a clean shot. We used a balance of a higher ISO in order to have shorter shutter speeds (keeping in mind to not raise the ISO too high to limit grain/noise). 摄影师Scott站在8米高的升降梯上,一手要看护好相机一手要拿着雨伞。母婴中心的老板(图中白色衬衣)则抬头向上看到。升降梯的空间只够一人站立外加三脚架。暴风雨后的冷风吹着升降梯微微晃动,对于拍摄长曝光值的照片则稍微有些困难。我们只有提高相机中的ISO参数以此来减少曝光时间。(记住:拍摄长曝光值的照片一定不要让ISO值过高以免照片太多噪点)

A guard looks up as we set up on the roof for one of our exterior angles. 当我们拍外景准备确定拍摄角度时,一位门卫正在抬头向上看。

A guard looks up as we set up on the roof for one of our exterior angles. 当我们拍外景准备确定拍摄角度时,一位门卫正在抬头向上看。

We shot multiple exteriors for Red Leaf due to the owner being unhappy with the angle. The first angle (picture directly below) was used temporarily, but had too much of the other hospital buildings, as the owner preferred to focus more on the main building. We ended up taking a few more angles before finally getting a scissor lift and taking the finalized shot (pictured at the bottom). Which do you prefer?  我们拍摄了多个外景角度以供客户可以仔细挑选。第一个角度(下图第一张)暂时被选上,但是照片中医院的其他建筑物略多了一些,而客户希望观者能将焦点放在主建筑物上。除此之外,我们还拍摄了一些其他角度的外景照片。(如下图第二张)你们喜欢哪一张呢?

This is the angle taken from the roof. The owner preferred to show less of the brick buildings (also part of the hospital), and focus on the main building. 这张是站在房顶上所拍,客户希望砖造的建筑能够在画面中少一些这样能够更加突出主建筑物的特点。

This is the angle taken from the roof. The owner preferred to show less of the brick buildings (also part of the hospital), and focus on the main building. 这张是站在房顶上所拍,客户希望砖造的建筑能够在画面中少一些这样能够更加突出主建筑物的特点。

The owner finally liked this exterior angle, and the sky is the actual sky on that night. This shot was taken with Scott on the scissor lift (pictured above) right after a relatively brief, but powerful thunderstorm; it was still raining when this was shot. The rain turned out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise as the storm cleared the sky and created a dramatic view.  最终客户选择了这张角度,是摄影师Scott站在升降梯上所拍。天空的晴朗十分美丽,但是暴风雨有些强烈,当在拍摄中时仍旧阴雨不断然而随着时间的推移雨停了天空乍现出一片奇幻之景。

The owner finally liked this exterior angle, and the sky is the actual sky on that night. This shot was taken with Scott on the scissor lift (pictured above) right after a relatively brief, but powerful thunderstorm; it was still raining when this was shot. The rain turned out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise as the storm cleared the sky and created a dramatic view.  最终客户选择了这张角度,是摄影师Scott站在升降梯上所拍。天空的晴朗十分美丽,但是暴风雨有些强烈,当在拍摄中时仍旧阴雨不断然而随着时间的推移雨停了天空乍现出一片奇幻之景。

Marriott Shanghai Parkview 上海宝华万豪酒店宣传

In February 2014 on a cold winter day, we took shots for the Marriott Shanghai Parkview, including this exterior shot.

We arrived early in the morning at the hotel with all the equipment for a full day of shooting - including tripods, lighting, cameras, and more. We followed a strict shooting schedule through the day covering 5 shots: bedroom, lobby, ballroom, VIP room, and exterior. Previously, we had gone through during our scouting and picked out angles for each shot with the final selection ultimately by the client.

With hotel shoots, we have adapted our lighting style to allow us to move freely about the hotel with minimal disturbance to guests and staff. This requires us to piece and layer our interiors in sections rather than lighting it all at once, so it's important to visualize how the image will come together in Photoshop.

For example, the lobby shot required us to move around the furniture in order to satisfy the client's desire to fill up the empty floor space. We had to shoot each sofa in sections as guests often would rest there, so our lighting method allows us to move to light a different section of the same shot until the guest moves. For the front reception area, the client wanted staff in the shot, so it was merely asking staff to hold still for a moment while we lit them individually with a softbox that mimicked the lamp lighting. Again, it's important to keep in mind the pieces as they will combine in post (ie: Photoshop) so blending and lighting areas in a seamless way to have the desired final outcome.

For the exterior, it was a bit different; we needed a little help of a fork lift in order to get high enough for a better perspective. Typically in this situation, you can use a tilt-shift lens in order to change the plane of focus and therefore get an entire building into focus, but there is no replacing merely "being higher up." For this exterior, we opted to shoot at dusk as the balance of the night sky and the building lights balance out nicely. We had a little bit of weather difficulties with some snow(!) and rain, but we ended up with some nice options that the client loved.

2014年的2月份我们受Marriott Shanghai Parkview酒店的邀请,为酒店拍摄外景内景宣传照。

拍摄当日早晨我们携带好所有设备与器材抵达酒店,并与酒店负责此次拍摄项目的人员洽谈商讨需要拍摄的房间与角度。最后会有一分拍摄日程表,彼此双方都会按照这个日程来执行,如有需要我们可以进行灵活调整与运用。

最终敲定我们所需要拍摄的项目是:酒店大厅,宴会厅,VIP厅,商务大床房以及酒店外景。由于酒店外景需要傍晚时的光线环境所以被定位最后一个拍摄点。拍摄酒店大厅时我们需要移动大厅中的任何物体与道具如沙发,盆栽,花束等当然还有大厅中的前台工作人员需要与我们进行良好配合。在灯光方面,我们会先用一盏灯加上蜂巢对大厅中的被摄体如沙发,地毯等进行依次打光,这样在后期处理中我们可以用很一层一层的照片进行拼合。而对大厅中前台服务人员的拍摄中,我们运用柔光箱和反光板,这样光线更加柔和与自然。在实拍中,光线的强弱要有良好的控制,闪光灯的输出也要做到尽善尽美,不同角度的灯光所呈现的效果也不尽相同,所以这些细节之初十分重要。

而在拍摄酒店外景时,我们不仅要克服天气的寒冷,还要有安全的保证因为摄影师Scott要乘坐升降梯进行外景拍摄,所以安全时第一位的。其次再进行不同曝光值的拍摄,把酒店在不同层次天空中的感觉捕捉下来,这样对后期也是十分具有帮助的。

Scott up 7-8m on the fork lift. As there is less light at dusk, it's necessary to have longer exposures to capture the proper exposure. At the same time, we need to keep in mind to have our ISO high enough in order to not have the exposure too long, as the disadvantage of a fork lift on a windy day is that there WILL be some minor movement regardless of precautions taken. Long exposure + movement = blur. Scott站在7到8米高的梯子上进行拍摄,由图可见,天色渐晚所以需要长时间曝光来拍摄同时还要保持相机ISO参数在一个适当范围。而在有风的天气下进行拍摄由于梯子可能会轻微晃动所以会出现虚焦的情况.

Scott up 7-8m on the fork lift. As there is less light at dusk, it's necessary to have longer exposures to capture the proper exposure. At the same time, we need to keep in mind to have our ISO high enough in order to not have the exposure too long, as the disadvantage of a fork lift on a windy day is that there WILL be some minor movement regardless of precautions taken. Long exposure + movement = blur. Scott站在7到8米高的梯子上进行拍摄,由图可见,天色渐晚所以需要长时间曝光来拍摄同时还要保持相机ISO参数在一个适当范围。而在有风的天气下进行拍摄由于梯子可能会轻微晃动所以会出现虚焦的情况.

Up higher on the lift: We liked the higher perspective due to the reflection in the glass of a cityscape. The client loved both angles, but ended up choosing the angle to the right. 这是站在梯子上拍摄的一张外景角度照片,我们喜欢这张照片传达的感觉,特别是玻璃上的反光夜景显得更加通透。客户对左右两张都十分喜爱但最后选择了右边的这一张。

Up higher on the lift: We liked the higher perspective due to the reflection in the glass of a cityscape. The client loved both angles, but ended up choosing the angle to the right. 这是站在梯子上拍摄的一张外景角度照片,我们喜欢这张照片传达的感觉,特别是玻璃上的反光夜景显得更加通透。客户对左右两张都十分喜爱但最后选择了右边的这一张。

At ground level: As you can see the building is a bit more distorted because of the perspective; however, the client liked the fact that the building appears taller. 站在地平线上拍摄,你可以看见酒店由于透视关系有一些倾斜,而客户最终选择这一张因为酒店看起来更佳雄伟。

At ground level: As you can see the building is a bit more distorted because of the perspective; however, the client liked the fact that the building appears taller. 站在地平线上拍摄,你可以看见酒店由于透视关系有一些倾斜,而客户最终选择这一张因为酒店看起来更佳雄伟。