Cambridge Professional Group: Interior Panoramas

Interior Panoramas

Cambridge Professional Group offers full service legal staffing as well as multi-specialty professional search and staffing. President Steve Sullivan contacted me to provide images for a new collateral piece designed to highlight his newest offices.

We met to discuss the photo shoot, and, from the layout of the office, it seemed apparent that two interior panoramas might appropriately show size of the space. He agreed and had his designer change the layout to accomodate “long and skinny”. (As an aside, I conceptualize well and find it easy to offer good visual solutions to clients’ ideas.)

The below are unfinished images. For the entry image I shot a pano series with people in the background, and Steve wants to use that one.

When asked for his comments on the shoot, Steve said:

All I can say is we love the work you did for Cambridge and will look to you for our next project.

Please see the final images in my panoramic portfolio here.

Interior panoramas - Cambridge Professional Group

Cambridge Professional Group








Interior panoramas - Cambridge Professional Group

Cambridge Professional Group













  1. It seems the most difficult technical problem was getting a working Nodal Ninja 5 panorama head. The rental unit I received was the same one I returned a week earlier. Just like the first time, it was missing 2 important parts. I contacted the rental house, and they agreed to FedEX the parts to me for a 10:30 a.m. delivery the day of the shoot. FedEX apparently lost the package, so, once again, I went to my favorite Ace Hardware store where Shayne bailed me out again.
  2. Based on my poor rental experience I spoke with Bill at Nodal Ninja, and I will purchase a new preproduction Ultimate M1-L very soon. Look for the Nodal Ninja logo on my site. Grump meter off, back to the shoot…
  3. I shot with Nikon D3s (love that camera!) in MirrorUp mode with a release.
  4. Vertical orientation with focal length of 14mm and 16mm on Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S.
  5. Exposures were around .4 seconds at f/9.0, ISO 200.
  6. Shot tethered to my laptop, viewed images in FastPictureViewer Pro, looking for blown highlights and proper histograms. Imported into Lightroom 3.3 and stitched 4-5 images for client’s approval.
  7. I had 2 main concerns:  1)  color temperature of the different light sources (fluourescent, tungsten and daylight), and 2) varying brightness levels of the light sources. Here is how I solved these:

1) Color temperature control:

• used CBL Lens to perform a manual white balance on each shot
• included an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport in each scene; later used to generate a Lightroom 3.3 camera profile
• thought about shooting 3 different manual white balance series (one each for fluourescent, tungsten and daylight) and HDR’d them together in Photoshop, but decided to pass, since that process had not been tested with stitched panoramas (although I have used it successfully for other real estate photography)
• controlled some off color spaces with Photoshop masking

2) Brightness level control:

control is not always possible… sometime it must be corrected in post… shoot in RAW!
• began shooting around 6 p.m. and adjusted window blinds to control outside light intensity
• in the areas that were too bright I will use Photoshop masks
• the Cambridge sign was not lit so I gelled a SB-800 and used Paul Buff CyberSync to trigger (did not have the time to arrive at proper gel pack, so it needs further tweaking for final image)

EDIT:  The gelled SB-800 highlight on the sign was too magenta. I used Select>Color Range in Photoshop CS5, created a mask and desaturated the color back to acceptable. See the final image at Portfolios>Panoramas and Skylines. The client selected the image that included people. I think that helped the composition.

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  1. #1 by alexovi4 on May 18, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Great work!
    Carrol, please help me.
    I’m beggining in process of creation a panoramas.
    I’m very like the NodalNinja Head and want to create panoramas using this heads.
    But have a question about choice of needing heads for me, what heads is more suitable for me?
    My technics now: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm, Nikkor 10.5mm.
    In future I want add to my equipment: Nikkor 14-24mm, Nikkor 70-200mm.
    The purpose: priority – spherical panoramas at home, in cars, rooms etc, less – gigapano…
    Reading information from web-site I understand that:
    – NN4 is good universal head, but not modular. It is suite for all my current and future lens and body.
    – R1 and R10 is only for fisheye lens
    – M1-L and M1-S – last, modern, perfect quality, comfortable heads.
    – M1-L is not suitable for current 10.5mm lens, I need to byu additional shorter Upper Rail.
    – M1-S is not suitable for future 70-200mm lens, I need to add longer Upper Rail.
    – For M1-series soon will appear special clamp to attach 10.5mm to M1 (M1 + lens ring 10.5+ clamp+ 10.5mm lens). But for what series M1-S or M1-L will be availible this clamp?

    I think that M1 series is best choice for me but what packing list to use?
    May be advice for my conditions already is there in this Internet, but reading all forum post\blogs is difficult for me (my native language is not English).

    Best regards, Aleksey

  2. #2 by Carroll Morgan on May 29, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Aleksey, your English is very good!

    Unfortunately, I am not qualified to help you make your decision as I have only recently begun shooting panos and only use the M!. I have used teh NN5 (discontinued), and the M1 is FAR better. If your resources allow…go for the M1.

    I recommend you sign up for Nodal Ninja’s forum…they are very helpful. There is also a Nodal Ninja Product Selector which should help you decide.

    Hope that helps and best wishes with your shooting!

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