Why we use mulitple flashes to light interiors
This blog shows how a photo evolves using multiple flashes to light different parts of an interior.
First up we have the conservatory lit correctly. As there were plenty of windows behind and to the right of the camera (as well as a Perspex roof) the room needed very little flash due to all the natural light. As you can see, the rooms/areas beyond the conservatory are very dark due to hardly any natural light getting to them.
There are 3 other areas that need lighting, the kitchen area just beyond the conservatory, the stairwell and the living room which is through the doorway at the back of the kitchen area.
In this next shot you can see that we have lit the stairwell and the kitchen area. For the stairwell, a flash was placed at the top of the steps on the landing pointing directly upwards to the ceiling. The kitchen area was lit by placing a flash on a unit on the right hand side, just inside the kitchen. This was angled towards the right hand wall/ceiling.
The kitchen area isn’t quite lit enough so the flash power in that room was cranked up, as you can see in this next shot. There is also a flash in the far room, just out of shot and again, bouncing off the wall/ceiling.
The conservatory, kitchen and stairwell are now lit nicely but the living room is still slightly dark, so for the last shot, the flash power was increased in the far room to brighten it up. Here is the final result: