No problem Ashley, and as a rule I prefer a more open, airy feel to my images, however the client wanted darker and "moody" (whatever that means...I simply hate this 'direction') And since I agree that I want to produce an image the client will want to use, I gave them what they asked for...kind of.
Quite frankly they would have liked it to be even darker.
And that's the rub. In this instance the initial client, the Ad agency had a vision of deep and dark, very little fill, lots of almost black holes. All well and good, and I've been working with this team for years. On other side the sales people and the dealer base need images to sell from. Quite often they won't have a floor plan or decor package for a perpendicular unit in stock so they sell from photos. These guys want to see every color, very detail, every fiber is possible. They hate shadows. Typically I'll hear that the shadow from the sofa on the floor is obscuring the carpet, even though there is fully illuminated carpet right next to the shadowed carpet. So I'm stuck between two schools of thought and need. And I'm not going to be able to produce two images to satisfy both. So in this case I added just enough light to open up the shadows so they were not black holes.
Creative choices dictated by the clients needs. As you often say there is over 100 ways to shoot any image.
Sales guys and dealers love images that look like this..AD's not so much as a rule. Finding a middle ground can be very tricky indeed.
Now to try and tie this back into the original topic. Back when I still had a huge studio and they delivered the units to me for photography I used boatloads of tungsten to light these things. I loved Moles and Peppers. A couple of 2k's for sunlight, supported by 2k zips for open fill from the windows. Lots of Peppers inside to accent, and a 420 or 1k ceiling bounce for fill. A quick way to use up 200 amps of power...
Lighting was not an option, it was a need. Tungsten..fresnels gave great control and the ability to detail light. I love it but we could spend a full day on a single interior shot.
Then the RV business crashed hard. Companies when out of business overnight. I had to give up my 10,000 sq foot studio. Rates plummeted. So it was adjust or die, or find another niche.
Now its all done on location at the factory. They won't deliver units if they don't need to. You must work in a bay at the end of the assembly line. You can't control the ambient. You only have at most 2-3 20 amp circuits to draw power. Often times its one and the power to the trailer. So now its strobe and quite frankly I've never been a fan. So I tend to shoot in segments and layer in post. I just don't have the control of Tungsten nor the power to use it. The upside is the clean color of strobe,
What are you using and why?