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Congratulations Aaron Kraft – June PFRE Photographer of the Month

June 23rd, 2017

Congratulations to Aaron Kraft of Jackson, Wyoming who the jury has voted PFRE Photographer of the Month for June. This is Aaron’s fourth win. He’s previously won in May of 2017August 2016 and October 2016.

Here are all the entries that the jurors awarded points to this month: Continue Reading »

What Are the Rules for Relicensing Real Estate Photos and Video?

June 22nd, 2017

Jack in Florida asks:

I took photos and a video of a large property that has been for sale for close to two years. The Realtor I did this for contacted me and said that the seller would like to purchase the images and video from me. I was wondering if there any problems in doing this. The only thing I can think of is that if the seller decides to go with another Realtor then she could have the new Realtor use these images. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome.

As the photographer, you own the rights to the photos and video so you get to make the rules. If the homeowner is going to put the property on the market FSBO you can license them to use the photos and video for use only in marketing the FSBO listing or allow use when selling the property by other Realtors. The important thing is to make the licensing terms clear. In this kind of situation, it would probably be helpful to write the terms down.

How Do Real Estate Photographers Get around the Bad Presentation of Photos on Real Estate Sites?

June 21st, 2017

TourBuzzDavid in Colorado says:

The most frustrating thing about real estate photography is the horrible reproduction of photos on most real estate sites. We spend the time creating beautiful photos for our clients that we are incredibly proud of then those photos are run through real estate sites where they are compressed, darkened, over saturated and basically ruined.

My question is: How do other photographers get around this and please their clients?

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What Are the Best Rechargeable AA Batteries?

June 21st, 2017

Ray in NC asks:

Is there a consensus of what the best AA rechargeable batteries are? How about rechargeable batteries for a Canon 6D?

First of all, if there’s anything I’ve learned from doing the PFRE blog for 12 years is that there is not a consensus on anything, only opinions.

That said, here is my opinion:

  1. Best rechargeable AA batteries: Eneloop Pro 2500 mAh
  2. Best batteries for Canon 6D: STK LP-E6 battery

Update 6/21: I take back my comment above about consensus! This is the closest thing to a consensus that I’ve seen here on PFRE! The links above show the reader consensus batteries.

How Many Real Estate Photographers Use a Wacom Tablet?

June 20th, 2017

Sharon in LA asked:

I’m wondering how many people use a tablet to edit real estate images vs. a mouse.  I am thinking of Wacom medium tablet and would love some feedback from readers.

A reader asked this same question about two years ago. At the time I didn’t use a Wacom tablet. I was amazed at the number of PFRE readers that used Wacom tablets to edit images. They convinced me to get one. Continue Reading »

How Important Are Verticals for Videographers Shooting Property Video?

June 19th, 2017

Over the past year, I’ve had a couple of discussions with videographers that have an extensive background in video production about the importance of verticals in property video.

To my surprise, both of these videographers claimed that interior verticals in a video are not important and nothing can be done to keep them vertical. Continue Reading »

How Do You Use a Flash to Light Interiors?

June 18th, 2017

ScottHargisLightingJan in Florida asked:

Can you tell me what the most popular settings for shooting interiors are?

Shooting interiors I usually shoot at f5.6 and white balance in Auto and set my SB-700 to TTL.

Your question is a classic one and the answer to it is: The best way to use flash to shoot interiors is not to use your flash in TTL mode. It is best to use it in manual mode and use the basic process explained in this post by Scott Hargis. Most real estate photographers who use small flashes to light interiors use some variation of this technique. Here are some resources that go into more detail on this technique:

  1. The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors – An ebook by Scott Hargis that explains this technique.
  2. Lighting For Real Estate Photography – A series of video tutorials by Scott Hargis that teaches this technique.
  3. Here is an interior lighting class by Scott Hargis at Lynda.com.
  4. Kelbyone.com has a video class by Thomas Grubba titled Getting Started in Real Estate Photography.

Business Considerations for Photographers

June 16th, 2017

This 30-minute video by Tony and Chelsea Northrup is a valuable discussion exploring the business aspects of being a full-time professional photographer.

They are talking about professional photography in general rather than just real estate photography, but all the aspects of being in business for yourself are very relevant to real estate photography. For those considering a professional real estate photography business, it is well worth 30 minutes of your time.

Ethics Considerations in Real Estate Photography

June 15th, 2017

EthicsBob in Michigan asks:

How much to remove from photos? Flying my drone for real estate photos, I’ve followed the philosophy of removing or cleaning up anything that could be done with a broom, a hose or picked-up (dirt on a driveway, yard signs, cars and trash cans). Yesterday I was asked to remove overhead wires.

Should I remove wires (and their shadows), green phone boxes (at the corners of the lot), moss on a roof or repair a patch of bad lawn grass?

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Creating Flyers for Real Estate Agents

June 14th, 2017

Rhett in VA asks:

My clients are wanting to print some flyers for brochures but the pdf files take way too long to print. Is there another format that is quicker? I know PDF files are good for web. Also, should I change settings in camera from large to a different size?

I’ve been creating flyers for my wife’s listings for longer than I care to admit. The flyer above is the front page of one of them. I’ve always used PDF files. Frankly, they are ideal for flyers and brochures. Here are a number of guidelines for making and printing flyers: Continue Reading »

Anyone Can Comment on the Entries in the PFREcontests.com Site

June 13th, 2017

So far, the new PFRE photographer of the month contest site is working well. Entrants post their photos themselves and it appears that we will have a lot of entries this month.

I wanted to point out that anyone can register on the site and comment on the entries at any time. Here’s how to comment:

  1. Go to the contest site: PFREcontests.com
  2. Click on any photo. This will enlarge the photo and show comments below the photo.
  3. Also below the photo comments will be a dialog box to either register (you only need to do this the first time) or a dialog to log in if you’ve previously registered.
  4. Once you’ve logged in, you can comment on any photo.

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that everyone likes the idea of anonymous entries.

When to Use Detail Shots in Real Estate Photography

June 12th, 2017

Kelly in Georgia says:

Can we have a discussion about “detail” photos on real estate shoots? I’ve tried taking some before, and they either end up looking more like design shots or they just look silly and I never end up sending them to my client. If people are taking detail shots, what kind of things are they photographing?

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Google Abandons the Nik Collection

June 11th, 2017

Everett in LA says:

I am contemplating replacing my old iMac and I have discovered that the newer operating systems OS 11 & 12, may no longer support Nik Software.
Is there anyone who could explain a possible work around so that I could still use this software which saves so much time and is great to work with? Possible solutions would be appreciated.

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DJI Continues to Push the Boundaries of Drone Technology

June 9th, 2017

This past week DJI (the world’s leading company in the civilian drone industry, accounting for 70% of the global consumer drone market) continued to push the boundaries of drone technology by announcing the DJI Spark.

While this isn’t what real estate photographers would consider a professional level drone because it doesn’t shoot 4K video, it is an amazing little device. The Spark will be shipping from Amazon on June 15 for $499. In this video Casey Neistat tries out an early release model.

How Do You Do a Long Term Time-Lapse?

June 8th, 2017

Adam in VA asked:

A client approached me recently about filming time lapse videos of various construction projects he was undertaking around town. I quickly researched the available cameras online. They seem to be very affordable and easy to run. I leaped at the opportunity. It seems like a great way to make passive income while I am out running and gunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this covered on your site before. I was curious if any of your other readers had experience with this.

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