After a busy week shooting, Ring Light Productions returns to Connecticut, and as always, is trying to get examples of work on the website ASAP. Last week we shot a few houses for an interior designer and have just now started to upload some of the files onto the website. You can find the photos from our shoot at
Shooting interiors can be fairly challenging at times, more often than not you are trying to capture a very large amount of items in one photograph without it looking cluttered. Or in other situations make a room thats very small look larger than it actually is. Regardless of the situation, you will almost always be using some sort of wide angle lens. As mentioned in our previous post, we used our newly acquired 17mm tilt shift lens for this shoot and it was quite useful.
Using the onboard grid camera function and the tilting and shifting functions on the lens really saved the day here in terms of correcting the distortion (especially around the sides) of wide angle lenses. The houses that we shot had a very unique set of challenges in terms of the pitch of the ceilings and the decorations around it.
Although the houses architecture looked amazing in person, we faced a different set of challenges when photographing the rooms. With the combination of very straight and centered lines as well as the angled pitches in the ceiling , making everything look normal with a wide angle lens was quite the process. In the photo you see to the left, you will see what the room is intended to look like when you walk in. However, to get the photo to look just like the way it is now, we had to actually arrange the sofas in a fairly angled V like pattern. Its admittedly very offsetting to look at in person, however it translates to everything being lined up in the photograph, and its significantly easier to move around furniture than the ceiling. Having manual control of exactly what elements of the photograph are going to be warped made a massive difference in terms of saving time in shooting and also with photo editing.
More updates and photos will be added soon. Stay tuned!
As mentioned in our previous post, one of the major downsides of the 17mm tilt shift lens is its susceptibility to lens flares. While testing out the lens at an abandoned factory, we really noticed the extent of these flares. Obviously, this example is a little extreme, however this is an example of why it helps to bring extra tools to flag off light while shooting with this very bulbous / light refracting lens and others like it!
Ring Light Productions, LLC is now in possession of a 17mm tilt shift lens! Not only is this a beautiful piece of glass being able to capture stunning wide angle video and photo, but it has manual functions allowing the lens itself to tilt and shift. Shooting with wide angle lenses, especially as wide as a 17mm, often results in a distorted image, having the lines in your photograph way off, and in a lot of situations, will make the objects that you are shooting look like they are falling backwards. Although these common wide angle problems can be remedied through Photoshop ( what cant these days?) having the function to fix it on the actual lens saves you a very large amount of Photoshop work.
This lens is the widest tilt shift lens made for DSLRs and it is also one of the highest quality (both optically and physically) 17mm lenses made. Period. My only complaint about this lens so far is that because of how wide this lens is and because of the bulbous aspect of the glass, you obviously cant put any sort of lens hood or matbox on it. And because of the shape of the lens in combination with the lack of light protection its highly susceptible to troublesome lens flares. Carrying around some sort of flagging device attached to some stand is almost required in situations where you cant heavily control the light around you.
All in all this lens is amazing, and Ring Light Productions, LLC will be using it for various interior designer clients, and architectural design clients. Photos of what this lens can do will be added within the week!
This is our first blog post. We will use this blog to keep you updated about our work and give you some behind-the-scenes info on the great people we meet through our shoots.
Today, we were doing a promotional video for Purple Heart Homes in Manchester, Connecticut. PHH is a non-profit organization that helps injured war veterans with adapting to every day life by designing homes specially suited for their injuries. Not only do they design completely new houses equipped for the needs of these veterans, but they help assimilate the vets back into society with the involvement of the community. At this build, they organized the construction of a house for Sandra Lee, a U.S. veteran who was injured while serving as Army Reserve Staff Sgt. in Iraq. Sandra is a victim of sexual assault and decided to share her story to raise awareness about the seriousness of the issue. You can read an interview with her here: http://rt.com/usa/military-rape-iraq/.
She is truly a hero and it’s incredible to see her fighting spirit considering everything that has happened to her. It was also inspiring to see how the community supported the effort. Fire fighters, landscapers, and other handymen all donated their time to help out.
This is why we love what we do!