A few weeks ago I shot the Timothy Oulton Gallery in San Francisco. I shot the gallery last year after they had completed one of their quarterly updates so I was super excited to hear from them again this year for round 2 ! However, there was a catch this year ... I would only have 3 hours to shoot the entire gallery (last year I had the entire day!) Yikes! I'm not one to be deterred from a challenge so I said sure lets do it. There were a total of 8 hero shots that were needed. This is what we like to call "run and gun" shooting. A great assistant is key in these situations!
Timothy Oulton likes their furniture (and their gallery) just like I like my men .. Dark and Mysterious. (Kidding! Sorry I couldn't resist!) So the light in the gallery is always a little bit of a challenge because the furniture is dark but their gorgeous chandelier are very sparkly. Keeping this in mind I had to make sure to use an exposure that worked for both the chandeliers and also for the dark furniture pieces. I used a polarizer to minimize the sparkle/reflection. This really help avoid those crazy halos that can happen with glowing lights.
Besides the time constraints there were two major challenges to this job: 1. With such little time this wasn't time to light anything. 2. There are no actual rooms in the gallery. It is just one big space. 3. Timothy Oulton has very specific guidelines for their image, they like to avoid compositions that cut off any of the furniture and also try to frame of each shot straight on whenever possible.
To address the lighting challenges we used the gallery spotlights to light each "room" or area. We had to use some diffusion on most of the spotlights to soften them up. Additionally we had to also make sure that any lighting worked to create visually separate areas and down play any "background rooms" . In order to get the best composition I shot a straight on angle for as many shots as possible and also shot an alternate angle so the client had options in case one didn't work.
Thanks to my assistant we finished with about 15 mins to spare!!!!! Thanks Kelsey!!!! Timothy Oulton used the images on their social media and local gallery webpage.