Increasingly, architects and architectural clients want to show people using the spaces they design. This represents a challenge on a couple of fronts. First, the best architectural images require long exposures to achieve a large Depth of Field. Getting people to stand completely still is not humanly or logistically possible. Furthermore, not all spaces are controllable in terms of being able to get people to stop their action. This particular scene, from a photo shoot at a local bank, required 22 different shots. Numerous shots were taken to capture the activity in the scene and several shots were taken at different exposures to account for highlights and shadows and to allow the final image to be processed as HDR (High Dynamic Range). Here are the 22 original shots:
From the 22 shots, 2 were chosen for compositing and several were chosen just for HDR purposes. The photo below shows the HDR processed image followed by the other two photos.
Using a process called masking, the three images were combined. Individuals from each image were either added or eliminated to create the final image below.