Brighter than ever: inside Radiance again for 2011

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This is Radiance, a gorgeous lighting and craft boutique in the small market town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Radiance is owned by designer/maker Hannah Nunn: as well as creating her own acclaimed range of lighting, Hannah has a keen eye for the beautiful, showcasing and selling other talented designers’ work too. The result is a truly magical shop, filled with a wide variety of carefully chosen, high-quality craft products.

It’s the third year in a row I’ve worked with Radiance  to carry out a 360° photoshoot: you can view the 2009 version here (in the previous shop unit), and 2010’s version here (interesting to see how much the shop has changed in just one year). I was commissioned to return to Radiance, a year on, to illustrate this evolution, and to create a more comprehensive 360° view of the store, to compliment Radiance’s newly redesigned website. I also captured a series of high quality shop interior and exterior for press and marketing purposes.

So what’s new? Well, for the first time you can look into Hannah’s workshop, and see where the magic is made. It’s also the first time Radiance has been visible on mobile devices.  And as I’ve mentioned before, the shop is a dream for a photographer specialising in High Dynamic Range imaging: the huge range of light and shade provides both a challenge and an inspiration to capture properly. This time we shot it during normal opening hours, so there was an even wider dynamic range to contend with. For the technically minded, each image was shot with 9 bracketed exposures, each 1.3EV apart, using a Promote remote control. The resulting files were then processed in Lightroom and Photomatix Pro.

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