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Julian Ray's picture

When the client wants to show the woodwork.

Hello Jay Cubitt,
This is the example I was talking about.
A very run of the mill image for a hotel client. They really wanted to showoff all the wood work on the closet doors behind the sink.
A tiny space and not much going on so to make the most of it, a 1pt perspective and use that huge mirror!
I hope this helps.

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Jay's great image can be seen here

Jay Cubitt's picture

Dude! That technique is sick, and I will definitely be using it.

Thanks Julian.

Anna Ferguson's picture

How the heck is there no camera visible in that shot when it looks like the camera is in line with the door handles? Amazed!

Julian Ray's picture

Hello Anna and all,
I originally posted this image to illustrate the technique for for Jay to see.
I drives me crazy to see people try to solve this problem by hiding the camera is silly low POVs.
This technique is a bit fussy, requires some specialized kit, and takes time but the results speak for themselves. I will fall back on this technique usually when there is no other way of showing the space and the client is a high end one.
Basically you craft the prime image and then you place the camera right up against the mirror and get the revers image and then composite the elements in post.
The challenge is matching up the focal length to perspective.
Where I see people getting it wrong is that they forget that the perspective is not just turning around but that it is the distance to the mirror and then the distance to the far end of the space.
I've attached another example to show how this technique can be used to solve difficult problems.
Good luck and please share with us how your experiments go.