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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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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。

Redleaf Women's Hospital 上海红枫亚泰妇产医院宣传拍摄


Last Summer, we shot a series of images for state of the art women's hospital, Red Leaf consisting of a series of lifestyle and interior shots. Their facilities are like a cross between a hospital and a high end hotel. Despite being right on Huaihai Rd, it still has the seclusion, privacy, and security of a remote location.

去年夏天Limelight Studio前往红枫母婴中心拍摄一系列宣传照片。经过一天工作,我们拍摄了一些医生与护士,并且也捕捉到了来这里享受服务的一些家庭。为了创造出一个清新干净的整体感觉,我们主要运用柔光箱作为主光源加上蜂巢作为补光点亮背景。

对于这一种类型的拍摄,我们必须保持耐心因为拍摄对象会涉及到婴儿宝贝而且拍摄空间有限。但是对于大人们拍摄就显得直截了当许多指导姿势也变得更加容易但对于小宝贝就显得有些困难。所以在此次拍摄中耐心是首位的,其次你要时刻保持注意力因为婴儿的表情转瞬即逝,要全神贯注地抓住婴儿的表情动态。

We lit this scene to appear like the daylight was beaming in from the windows. We took a little while to direct the doctor because in a real situation, she would normally lower herself to the eye level of the patient, whereas the varying heights were essential for the composition. Her professionalism as a doctor made it difficult for her to remember it was a photo as her reflex was to continue to lower herself to eye level with the patient.   我们照亮了这个场景,将整体感觉显得像是日光从窗户外照射进来的。我们花了一些时间在拍摄医生上,因为在真实情况里,他会自然的将他的高度降到跟病人的视线水平差不多低,而不同的高度又是必不可少的成分。他作为医生的职业性反射经常使他忘记这是在摄影,并不小心地将身子降低到与病患的视线水平一致。

We lit this scene to appear like the daylight was beaming in from the windows. We took a little while to direct the doctor because in a real situation, she would normally lower herself to the eye level of the patient, whereas the varying heights were essential for the composition. Her professionalism as a doctor made it difficult for her to remember it was a photo as her reflex was to continue to lower herself to eye level with the patient. 

我们照亮了这个场景,将整体感觉显得像是日光从窗户外照射进来的。我们花了一些时间在拍摄医生上,因为在真实情况里,他会自然的将他的高度降到跟病人的视线水平差不多低,而不同的高度又是必不可少的成分。他作为医生的职业性反射经常使他忘记这是在摄影,并不小心地将身子降低到与病患的视线水平一致。

Scott explaining to the doctors the proposed idea for the group shot;  Scott  正在与医生进行交流,     指导他们进行拍摄。

Scott explaining to the doctors the proposed idea for the group shot; Scott正在与医生进行交流, 指导他们进行拍摄。

Group shot - Redleaf requested bright/white walls, so we had to use a number of lights to light the scene evenly. As you can see from the behind the scenes shot, it was actually quite dim inside. Redleaf要求背景为明亮/白色的墙体,因此我们不得不使用许多的灯设置在每一个角落,让整体画面显得均匀。正如你所看到的左边这张幕后照,大厅里面其实是相当昏暗的。

Group shot - Redleaf requested bright/white walls, so we had to use a number of lights to light the scene evenly. As you can see from the behind the scenes shot, it was actually quite dim inside. Redleaf要求背景为明亮/白色的墙体,因此我们不得不使用许多的灯设置在每一个角落,让整体画面显得均匀。正如你所看到的左边这张幕后照,大厅里面其实是相当昏暗的。

The client crowded behind Scott as he takes a shot. Notice the fill lights around the room in order to create the airy, bright daylight feel.

The client crowded behind Scott as he takes a shot. Notice the fill lights around the room in order to create the airy, bright daylight feel.

Our intern Katie and Scott waiting in between shots.

Our intern Katie and Scott waiting in between shots.

Shot from behind the scenes

Shot from behind the scenes

We opted for a more high key lighting for this shot of a nurse looking on as a mother smiles at her newborn. We added in the table and plant in the foreground at the last moment in order to provide a little bit of depth and distance, almost as if not to disturb this intimate moment.  我们在拍摄这张时选用一种更高调光的手法,在最后一刻,我们在最前端的位置加进了一张桌子和一株植物,为了是提供一点点的深度和距离感,仿佛让人不要去打扰这个亲密的时刻。

We opted for a more high key lighting for this shot of a nurse looking on as a mother smiles at her newborn. We added in the table and plant in the foreground at the last moment in order to provide a little bit of depth and distance, almost as if not to disturb this intimate moment.

我们在拍摄这张时选用一种更高调光的手法,在最后一刻,我们在最前端的位置加进了一张桌子和一株植物,为了是提供一点点的深度和距离感,仿佛让人不要去打扰这个亲密的时刻。

Check out a few of our other lifestyle shots for the hospital in the gallery below:

Architectural Digest Magazine AD安邸家居杂志拍


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CLIENT: Architectural Digest (AD) Magazine

WHAT: Interior shots of various homes

WHEN: 2011-2012

WHERE: Various homes scouted by AD Magazine and crowned some of the most beautiful architectural houses in China. Limelight covers many of the homes out of Shanghai.

WHY: Limelight Studio was asked by Architectural Digest China to join them in visiting some of the most architecturally interesting homes located in Shanghai and capturing their charming style.

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HOW: When shooting interiors with AD, all shots for a home usually start mid-morning and end in the early afternoon (all within a single day). Stylist(s) with the magazine scout out the homes before hand and choose key aspects they want to highlight. Then, on the day of the shoot, Limelight will go through again with the stylist(s) and decipher which composition and angle will best represent each feature. Since these homes are chosen for their spread and charm, it is extremely important to have a natural feel, true to the color and lighting of the home, therefore minimal lighting is typically used when compared to our hotel interiors. 

CAMERA: Canon EOS-5D Mark II with 16-35mm/2.8, 24-70mm/2.8, 70-200mm/2.8 lens

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM: Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu

STYLISTS: Sharon Leece, Xinxi Sun

客户AD安邸家居

拍摄对象:房间内景拍摄

拍摄时间:2011-2012

拍摄地点AD 安邸家居挑选了一系列设计感十足的房间,范围遍布全中国的一些城市

拍摄缘由Limelight StudioAD安邸家居邀请拍摄一系列设计感强烈,趣味十足的房间,纪录这些别具一格的设计风格,主要集中于上海这座城市。

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拍摄方法:当与 AD安邸家居合作拍摄时,一间房屋的所有照片需要在一天之内拍完。AD杂志方面专门派遣一位造型设计师负责跟进此次拍摄,因为这样一来我们就可以和客户经行良好有效的沟通,也更清楚房间的哪些部分区域需要重点拍摄。然后在拍摄当天,Limelight Studio还将会仔细对房间经行一次检查,找出最佳的构图与拍摄角度。一旦选定这些房屋进行拍摄,运用自然光是十分重要的,最小输出的闪光灯也是必要的。

拍摄相机:佳能EOD5D MarkII16352470镜头

拍摄团队 Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu

造型设计师Sharon Leece, Xinxi Sun

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PuLi Hotel and Spa Lobby | 璞丽酒店大厅


PuLi Hotel Entrance Lobby

PuLi Hotel Entrance Lobby

CLIENT: ARCH 雅砌雜誌

WHAT: Promotional interior shots of the PuLi Hotel and Spa

WHEN: April 2010

WHERE: The PuLi Hotel and Spa located in the Jing-An district of Shanghai

WHY: The Taiwanese magazine reached out to Limelight Studio for a number of interior shots of the PuLi Hotel and Spa, which is highly recognized for its unique structural layout creating a relaxing and peaceful environment right in the heart of bustling Shanghai.

HOW: The enticing entrance lobby at the PuLi produces a warm inviting natural light from its floor to ceiling wide paned windows therefore minimal lighting was required to enhance the beauty of the lobby. There were just a few highlights added to give a bit of an emphasis to the furniture in the room such as the cabinet and chairs. A 5 shot bracket in 1-stop increments was done, and the shots were then combined in post-production with a combination of the selectively lit areas.

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II with 24-70mm lens

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM: Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu, Seira Wei

客户ARCH 雅砌雜誌

拍摄对象:璞丽酒店内景宣传照片

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拍摄地点:上海静安区璞丽酒店

拍摄缘由:台湾建筑师杂志之前已经和Limelight Studio进行过详细沟通,并针对璞丽酒店内景设计拍摄与我们探讨。希望我们的拍摄能呈现出一种高端唯一轻松的感觉完全区别于上海国际化大都市的匆忙感。

拍摄方法:拍摄璞丽酒店入口的大厅营造出一种平和的感觉,地板上自然光的反光呈现出温暖之意并把酒店衬托的更加美丽。我们拍摄时,需要增加一些高光在座椅和桌子上面,这样做的目的是使感觉更加充分。再用不同曝光的方法拍摄最后在后其中将其合成。

拍摄相机:佳能1DS Mark II2470镜头

摄影团队Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu, Seira Wei

SheShan Golf Estates 佘山国际高尔夫俱乐部拍摄


Sede Bella, the villa the room is in, was sold for over RMB 200 Million.

Sede Bella, the villa the room is in, was sold for over RMB 200 Million.

CLIENT: Sheshan Golf International Resort

WHAT: Country Villa promotional shots for real estate marketing and magazines

WHEN: October 2009

WHERE: Sheshan Golf Resort Country Villas

WHY: Just outside of the city limits, the Sheshan Golf Resort resides with beautiful greens to play and luxury real estate. There are three different themed villas; a French, a Spanish, and a Tuscan theme that give you a sense of living like a royal from that area. Limelight Studio was invited out to see these grounds as well as take photographs of the Country Villas.

HOW: The basic idea for these shots was to capture the luxury and beauty of these rooms. Minimal lighting was used. We decided on the use of natural daylight ambient from the grand windows. Once the camera was in place, we took a series of exposure brackets. Essentially this photograph were high-dynamic-range (HDR) images, where you capture the darkest and lightest color range of the photograph by taking a shot of the same image in multiple exposures to get the highest contrast in light and colors. Then, in postproduction, you layer and mask the multiple exposures together so the photograph has the chosen exposure and color for each portion of the image.

CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II with 16-35mm lens

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM: Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu, Seira Wei

客户:佘山国际高尔夫俱乐部

拍摄项目:为房地产营销和杂志拍摄一组乡间别墅宣传照

拍摄时间:2009 十月

拍摄地点:佘山高尔夫度假村--乡村别墅

拍摄缘由:佘山高尔夫度假村位于上海市的城市外围,除了有茂密的森林与一大片绿草如茵的草地,更有豪华的别墅坐落其中。其中有三种欧式别墅;法式,西班牙式和能让顾客感受到皇家居住品质的托斯卡纳式别墅。Limelight Studio获邀参观并且为乡村别墅拍了一组照片。

拍摄方法:对于这些照片基本的想法是拍出其奢华和漂亮的感觉。极少的灯光运用。我们决定利用窗外的自然光。当相机确定位置,我们拍了一系列不同曝光值的照片,其实,这些照片具有HDR效果,然后在后期制作中你需要运用图层来增强或减弱一些曝光以便得到具有最佳曝光和色彩的照片。

相机:Canon 5D Mark II和16-35镜头

摄影团队:Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu, Seira Wei

Banyan Tree Oasis 上海外滩悦榕庄大酒店江景房拍摄


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Panorama Oasis

CLIENT: Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund; Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

WHAT: The “Oasis with Romantic Pool” room

WHEN: September 2012

WHERE: Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund

WHY: Banyan Tree wanted promotional photographs for their rooms and suites to show a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. They wanted their photographs to portray a quiet serene getaway feel with warm colors as well as the great view of the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s skyline.

HOW: For this shot, the pool and the view were the most important aspects of the room, therefore we decided the best angle to represent these aspects in addition to the feel and space of the area, was through a straight on shot.

The lighting needed to accentuate the existing mood, so we enhanced the existing lighting, while selectively choosing a few features to give an extra kick and highlight. There were extra lights added to the hotel’s overhead lights to emphasize the lighting on the cushions as well as the pool. Then, the couch was lit to show a bit of the texture of the fabric and to add a bit of contrast with the finish of the wood flooring. Lastly, to get a clear shot of Shanghai’s skyline, we went to the rooftop of the Banyan Tree to get a clear unobstructed long exposure to achieve a nice glow of the building lights (we always try to mimic the actual angle and view to stay consistent with the room), which complemented to the overall warm feel of the image. 

CAMERA: Nikon D800E with 14-24mm f/2.8 lens

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM: Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu

 

客户:上海外滩悦榕庄大酒店

拍摄对象: 悦心池浪漫全江景房

拍摄时间:2012月9月

拍摄地点:上海外滩悦榕庄大酒店

拍摄缘由: 悦榕庄大酒店想要为它们的客房及套房拍摄一组宣传照片,目的是展示一个自在安静远离城市喧嚣的生活空间。此外,他们也希望照片能描绘出一个映衬窗外黄浦江并与天际对比出暖色调的壮丽美景,使贵宾内心平静下来。

方法 首先,选取拍摄的位置和角度,必须是最能代表总体感觉的空间区域。在这张照片中,泳池以及景观是房间中最重要的两方面,因此,正面直接拍摄这两部分特征至关重要。

其次,灯光的选择需要强调出这种感觉,所以选择正确的灯光类型也是十分重要的。我们在天花板上打了光,同时着重强调打在靠垫和泳池的光线。此外,沙发也被灯光照亮以此来展示布料的质感同时和木质游泳池有一些对比的感觉,最后,为了得到一张干净清晰的天际线照片,我们特地去悦榕庄酒店的天台拍了一张清晰、一览无余,长曝光照片,以此表现出高楼大厦通明璀璨流光溢彩的夜色,同时也完整地增加了照片地温暖感。

相机:尼康D800E和14-24mm f/2.8镜头

摄影团队:Limelight Studio | Scott Wright, Justin Chiu