With the series below, I wanted to really showcase all the efforts and skills that goes into making a great hotel photo.
As a hotel photographer, you really need to have a vision of what you want the end result to look like and use all the tools at your disposal to make it happen. The final photo is never just one shot but a blend of lots of different parts.
I start my process by only taking pictures using natural light. But quite often with interiors, there isn’t enough light and I need to supplement it with artificial lighting. I will use a complex set of lights and diffusers and blend the best parts of each photo into the final image in Photoshop.
Finally, even with newly opened hotel, there is always a lot of work of editing and retouching, specially cleaning up dirty parts, replacing an unflattering view, removing signs or just smothering pillowcases.
On average, great hotel photography can take up to one hour on property per image, between the composition, staging and lighting with an additional one to two hours in post-production.