Hotel photography

Photographing interiors can be tricky. You have to deal with light, is there a view, is the room tidy, are there any smudges, is the bed made etc etc.

Another point is often the tiny space. I have been in a lot of hotel rooms and on the outskirts the rooms are usually large, but in the inner-city the rooms are often tiny. There is not a lot of room to set the tripod.

You need the tripod, because to light a room i am making a bunch of pictures with different settings and also with fill-in flash. All to get every single thing exposed as it should be and put everything together in post-production.

The main goal is to get the picture as nice and “sellable” as possible. At the end it’s a marketingtool for the client to sell nights. Therefore it’s important to get it as clean and crisp as possible.

Granary house, Prague

Granary house, Prague

Before and after

Simple products are easy to photograph.  That's the public opinion.  But take a closer look at this part which is used in a glassdoorlock.  As you can see it's nothing special, but as you look closer, it's scratched and already has some rustspots.  These rustspots are very common, because it's surface rust, which sits on top of the stainless steel.  Problem is that you do not see this when you are photographing.  You see this when you are retouching and the picture is blown up on your screen.  All the little tics , scratches and spots need to be cleaned.  Maybe not as picky as you would be with jewellery, but as these products are used on a webshop surrounding, with magnifying options, it needs to look good.   Oh....  and off course it needs to be sharp and on a white background.


New Catalogue Artitec finished (nr. 6 2017)

The past year i did a number of productshots for Artitec.  Catalogueshots and hero shots as well as some architectural photography of projects.    About 80% of the pictures used in this massive 425 pages catalogue are made by yours truly.


Doorhandles are an overseen product, which you use everyday, but do not take much notice of.  For Artitec it's the core-product and they do take notice of the high quality and superior standards.

It's not an easy product to photograph, because they are reflective and mostly rounded, so that really everything reflects.  Every model reflects the surrounding different and has to be lighted in another way.  For the catalogue shots they also have to be directed the same way, which is with the reflectiveness not always the easiest.

Most of the models were shot with two studio strobes (Elinchrom) and flagged with white and black cardboard pieces.  Some were done with a cone.  All the models were clipped out and colour corrected.   A lot of hero shots are not used in this catalogue but will be used in separate productbrochures to highlight the design and quality of the products.

Artitec is a family owned company specialised in manufacturing architectural doorhardware.  The main material used for the products is stainless steel and Zamac. Artitec has customers in in more than 25 countries and their products are found in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Their programm contains doorhardware for private-homes, commercial buildings, hospitals etc. The products are tested and certified according different European norms like EN1906 (Class 3 & 4), EN179, DIN1125, DIN18273 etc.

Next to doorhandles they also are specialised in suicideprevention hardware and anti-bacterial hardware wich is used in (forensic) psychiatry and hospitals around the globe.

More info about Artitec




Cologne, Germany

I had to go to Cologne and Velbert in Germany for work related appointments.  Fortunately it was a pretty good day with not to much rain pouring down from the skies.  No beautiful blue sky with a scenario cloud here and there, but no big complaints from me also.   Because i had searched the web already for some beautiful contemporary architecture, i knew where to go.   So, at about 18.00 pm i left my Hotel and 5 minutes later (make sure your Hotel is not to far away :-)) i was across the River.   Lots of people walking their dogs on the river's floodplain.

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I placed my tripod, checked if everything was fine, placed my bubble level and my remote control.  After making sure i had the right exposure and everything was focussed, i set everything back to manual and switched off the auto-focus.  F11 and 1/40 of a second.  I first fired a bracketed shot of 5 shots with 1 stop between exposures.  Then i placed a 10ND filter and made an exposure for 40 seconds to get the water smooth.   After waiting for about 45 minutes (i needed some lights in the building) i did about 5 or 6 new shots and packed it up.

It was still early and because i have watched a workshop from a canadian (Mike Kelley) architectural photographer, about masking in photoshop, i thought to give it a try with my hotelroom.

So, this is my first attempt with masking.   The problem is often to get the right exposure for the view outside and also for the colors inside.  It is not possible to do that in one shot.  These are 5 shots. 1 exposed for the outside, one for the inside and three with flash to light a couple of highlights.  After blending them all together within photoshop, you get what you want.  Because i spend a lot of time in Hotel rooms, i think i make a little project of this.