This morning I went to Bayfront Tower in downtown St. Petersburg to photograph an updated condo for sale. I have shot from the open air top floor of the building before, producing a panorama image that has been my best selling fine art print. This time I was on the 13th floor, which I only now realize I should have been afraid of! The condo had recently been updated and the sellers did a very good job of staging their condo.
I used HDR for the top image as the inside of the condo is much darker than the direct sunlight out beyond the window. A 9-exposure HDR image allowed me to show outside the window as well as inside the condo in one evenly exposed image. HDR is not always necessary, as the above shot of the dining room did not have a high dynamic range (it helps that no windows are in the shot) so a single exposure was sufficient for producing a well exposed shot.
When making a shot of a room with an open doorway to another room, I always make sure that the adjoining room is also well lit, so that you can have a peak into the other room. If not, then it would appear as a dark area in the image. In the above shot I opened the blinds in the bedroom so that the light in that room matched the light in the great room.