Yesterday I photographed a recently installed laminate floor in an elegant and well decorated Durban home for a long-standing client of mine. It’s been a while since I last did any interior photography work for this client, but the moment I got back into it I remembered how much I enjoyed it. For this particular client I needed to try and emphasise the flooring installation, so the shooting angle is a lot lower than what an adult eye would normally view the scene at. Getting closer to the floor provides a greater sense of homeliness than if you were shooting it at normal eye level, because it implies a child-s eye view as well as if you were viewing the scene from a seated position.
A few things have changed since I last did photography work of this nature, not least of which is that my entire kit has changed from the giant Nikon system I used to use to the wonderfully compact Olympus micro four thirds system. Shooting this job required one camera, one lens, one frame (and a tripod) carried in a tiny little ThinkTank bag. In the past I would have had to bracket a range of exposures per frame and then blend them together in post production to get a usable image, which was quite a mission and required a much more disciplined approach to the job. Not so much this time. A single frame metered on the Olympus E-M1 at ISO 100 provided enough dynamic range for me to produce these images. I was done in 20 minutes.
Anyway, I hope to do more of this type of work again, so if you have a need for it please get in touch with me.