Flambient Real Estate Photography – Affinity Photo Tutorial

Flambient Real Estate Photography – Affinity Photo Tutorial


Today we’re going to learn the fastest technique
for Flambient photography, all with the power of Affinity Photo. For those of you that don’t know, Flambient photography is a common technique used in
real estate, where a photo taken with ambient lighting is combined with a photo taken with
the flash on. “Flash” plus “ambient” equals “Flambient”. To make a Flambient photo, you first need to take two pictures of the room. This is best done while using a tripod, to
make sure the photos are in the same position. Then you can open the RAW images in Affinity Photo, and edit them from the Develop Persona. We won’t be covering the Develop Persona in
this video, but if you’re interested in learning more about it, we have an entire chapter dedicated
to this persona in our beginner’s guide to Affinity Photo, which you can check out in
the video description. After you’re done editing the images in the Develop Persona, press “Develop”, and then
export them as JPEGs. For this video, I’ve put download links in the video description for the RAW versions
of both images, as well as their exported JPEGS, so that you can jump right into this
point of the Flambient process. To begin editing our Flambient photo, we need to bring the two exported JPEGs into Affinity
Photo, and make sure they’re lined up with each other. To do, we can use Affinity’s “stack” feature. Just come to File, and then down to New Stack. Then add the two images. Then press OK. Now the two images are perfectly lined up with each other. Even if you used a tripod, I still recommend
you put both images into a stack, because a tripod can sometimes shake a little while
you’re taking a photo. After stacking photos, Affinity puts them inside of a group. To ungroup them, just right click on the layer
and press Ungroup. Then put the ambient layer on top of the flash layer. Next, come to the Channels panel. From here, we can see that our entire photo is made of red, green, and blue color channels. We’re going to use the red channel to make
a selection. To do this, right click on the channel’s name,
and press “Load to Pixel Selection”. Now we have a selection of the brightest parts
of the red channel. We’re going to use this selection to mask our ambient layer. Just make sure you have the ambient layer
selected, and then press on the mask icon. Then press Command or Ctrl D to de-select. The mask we applied made it so only the parts we had selected remain visible. This is the exact opposite of what we want. We want hide the bright parts of the layer. To do this, select the mask, and invert it
by pressing Command or Ctrl  I. Now the bright parts of the ambient layer
have been hidden. To learn more about masks, be sure to check out our beginner’s guide to Affinity Photo
in the video description. Now we’ll select the ambient layer, and change its blend mode to Luminosity, so it’s only
affecting the brightness of our image, not the colors. Now we can continue to refine our mask, by painting black on any parts of the ambient
layer that we don’t want shown, thus making the flash layer visible in those parts of
the image. But first, we need to decide which parts of
the flash layer we like better than the ambient layer. To do this, turn the ambient layer off and
on, and compare it to the flash layer. Which parts of the flash layer do you like more? Personally, I prefer the way the floor by
the door looks on the flash layer. Let’s turn the ambient layer back on, and select its mask. Then we can paint in black to hide the ambient
layer’s floor. Press B for the Paintbrush Tool, and make
sure your color is set to black. Also, set your hardness to 0%. Then you can begin painting. You can quickly change the size of your paintbrush while painting by using the bracket keys underneath
the equal sign on your keyboard. You can also paint in white if you ever mask
out too much of the layer on accident. To switch your colors, just press X. Our basic Flambient effect is now done! We’re still going to do make some more enhancements
to the photo, but let’s stop here to see a before and after. I’ll turn the ambient layer off, so we can
see the original flash image, and here is it is with the Flambient effect applied. As you can see, our image already looks a lot better. But with a little more editing, we can improve
it even more. Let’s make the photo brighter by applying a brightness and contrast adjustment. Bring up the brightness, as well as the contrast. The problem with this adjustment is that it’s making everything brighter, including the
bright lights by the TV. We want most of the photo brighter, but we
don’t want to make the lights in the room too bright. To fix this, have the adjustment layer selected, and then press on this gear icon. This bring up our Blend Ranges. We won’t dive deep into blend ranges right
now, because all we need to do is bring the last circle all the way down. This makes it so our adjustment layer is not
applied to the brightest parts of the photo, which is exactly what we want. Now this adjustment is adding a nice boost to the lighting of our photo. We could also add extra brightness to specific parts of the photo. To do this, make another brightness and contrast
adjustment layer, and bring up the brightness to around 30%. Then invert the adjustment by pressing Command
or Control I. Now the adjustment is being applied to nothing. But we can use the paint brush to paint this adjustment onto any parts of the photo we
want. Just paint with white paint, and make sure
your hardness is set to 0%, and your flow is around 10%. Having your flow at 10% allows you to slowly
paint the adjustment layer onto the areas you want. To make our brush strokes less noticeable, we can come to our Filters, and then apply
a Gaussian Blur Filter to the Brightness and Contrast layer. This will blur the edges of the areas we painted
on. As you can see, this adjustment has really helped to brighten the parts of the photo
we painted on. Finally, let’s enhance the colors in our image. To do this, apply a Vibrance Adjustment layer,
and then increase the vibrance quite a ways. Then paint in black on the parts of the photo
that have become too saturated. To see a final before and after, we’ll turn all of the layer off, except for the original
photo that had the flash on. Here’s what we started with, and here’s our
completed image. Thanks for watching my friends, and I’ll see you in the next Affinity Revolution tutorial!

17 thoughts on “Flambient Real Estate Photography – Affinity Photo Tutorial

  1. hey,it's enough to stamp videos instead of to release new update.

  2. Excellent tutorial. You covered some useful techniques that I hadn’t yet discovered.

  3. Another great video – thanks

  4. I take real estate photos and to be honest, the flash isn't even necessary when you have post software. (At least for most rooms)

  5. Brilliant. Thank you

  6. Wow nice now need to take some photos and try this out, be a good technique to know if someone want some real estate photos done. Oh one question is there a kybd short cut to reset the two picked colors pallet back to black and white after you changed it to a custom colors. Be nice when you need to retouch a mask after you painted some other colors with out choosing black and the white. Photoshop had a little reset button on the tool bar that did this.Thanks take care hope the voice is doing well too.

  7. Ah, somewhat like HDR bracketing.

  8. Is this possible on the ipad

  9. Very good tutorial. Thank you for sharing this technique. I had heard the term before but never have never seen how to do it.

  10. Thanks for sharing. I'm always picking up new tidbits watching this channel.

  11. This is an exceptional tutorial. I’ve alway liked combining images together and seeing results. Now to try this trick and see what appears. (:

  12. when i click FX nothing happens!!!!!! how do i get it to pop up

  13. Why did you choose to mask the red channel vs the green or blue?

    Also, you seem to do your flambient the reverse of every video on the technique I have seen (Photoshop versions) – put an empty mask on the ambient to show the flash photo, then set ambient to luminosity and paint in the ambient empty mask with white brush to bring out the ambient shadows, or hide shadows caused by the flash (like from ceiling fans, etc), or to bring out light glow from lamps in the ambient that are washed out by flash.

  14. Love the way you fought back the laughter when you were explaining flambient.

  15. To anyone reading this…. I highly recommend buying the Anderson’s e-book along with the sample photos, targeted at the iPad version of Affinity Photo. It’s clear, concise and simple to follow along. My processing and editing skills have gone up ten-fold since buying this. It’s enabled me to turn some of my “rejected” photos into great images and my good shots into stunning images. Thanks Ezra and Ezra’s Mrs.

  16. What is the reason for using the red channel only?

  17. Just what I was looking for! Thanks! Also will enroll in course(s) shortly

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