Even though we live in a three-dimensional world, I work in a two-dimensional one. My goal is to try and pull a two-dimensional image off the screen and make it look as if you can walk right into it. The key is the lighting. By manipulating color, angle, intensity, and focus, an illusion of depth and richness can be achieved.
These images are from a commercial photo session at The Atrium Lounge inside Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The Atrium sits in the center of Foxwoods Rainmaker Casino and has a relaxed open feeling to it. I opted to light it with a hard crisp light to create harder edges and a larger illusion of depth. These harder edges also help to define the modern design of the lounge.
Though it is very popular today to use a wide angle lens to create a distorted edgy fish eye look, I selected a normal lens to create an image that would represent what the room would look like as you walked into it. This style is more in line with the part of the casino the lounge is located in.
There are rules in photography and every one is designed to be broken. The endless variety of composition, lighting, and angle enables a photographer to go as far as his creativity will take him. Once I understood lighting, I never looked at the world the same way again.