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Can You Sell a Real Estate Photography Business?

January 17th, 2018

Mike in Nevada asks:

How does one prepare to relocate a real estate photography business to another state or city? Given that one will have to give up the hard-earned client-base when transitioning. How can I obtain factual information regarding real estate and potential competition? I was considering selling my business so that I can have some money to rebuild my clientele. Any thoughts on the matter?

Obtaining Information about Competition in Any Given City
You can find information about real estate photography competition in any city by just Googling “[city name] real estate photographers.” This will show you all of the websites of real estate photographers within [city name] and should give you much of the information to understand the competition in [city name]. Anyone who doesn’t have a website and is not marketing themselves is not going to be competition!

Selling a Real Estate Photography Business
Whether or not you can sell any real estate photography business depends upon a number of factors:

  • How much have you defined and written down your business approach and standards?
  • How large is your client database and how much information do you have about repeat customers?
  • In short, your business needs to be well defined and documented before you can sell it.

The only real estate photographer who could take over your current client base would be a photographer that does the same kind of work that you do and one that provides roughly the same level of service that you do. It is likely that a large percentage of your clients would not stick with a new owner who did different work. My guess is that a new owner would be lucky if 50% of your client base would continue working with him or her.

Does anyone have experience selling a real estate photography business?

How to Shoot Very Small Spaces with a Wide-Angle Lens

January 16th, 2018

David in New York City says:

I have to shoot some model apartments in NYC and they are extremely small. Wherever I put the camera, while still trying to get the whole room in the shot, whatever is close to the camera looks HUGE and the other things look tiny. Also, straight lines are curved or leaning back and generally just not straight. Rough shooting… Do you have any content or resources (or just plain advice) to address these challenges? I’m shooting with a Canon 11-24mm on a 5DMKIV.

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Lightroom and Photoshop: The Most Popular Photo Editing Software with Real Estate Photographers

January 15th, 2018

Max recently asked:

Which photo editing program do you recommend for real estate photography? I would rather purchase one as opposed to monthly use of Photoshop. Do I need more than one program? I am well equipped and have started in some advance editing and shooting in RAW. I am using Adobe Elements but it is not sufficient.

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Photo Licensing Explained

January 14th, 2018

Alan in Seattle says:

Today, I shot the interior and exterior of a large, popular Brew Pub here in Seattle. I was hired by the architect who just completed a $4 million remodel of the restaurant. The images are to be used by the architect as part of their portfolio and marketing. As we were leaving, he said he thought he might be nice and let the restaurant use the photos he hired me to shoot. What would be your recommended reaction?

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Behind the Scenes at a Living Room Shoot with Rich Baum

January 12th, 2018

VHT Studios Acquired Circlepix–Does Anyone Work for VHT?

January 11th, 2018

Gary in North Carolina asked:

I work for Circlepix and I just got an e-mail from them saying that they have been acquired by VHT Studios. I’m looking for some background on VHT. I’m wondering if there are any of your readers that are working for VHT or have worked for them in the past. How are they to work for?

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What Settings to Use When Shooting Video with a 5D MK III?

January 10th, 2018

Quentin in Virginia says:

Recently I upgraded to a 5D Mark III from a 1D Mark II. Quite a leap. I’ve invested in a Ronin M and have shot several video tours. I am having a lot of trouble with consistency though. I’ve had to reshoot a couple jobs because they came out too soft or completely out of focus. Is there a good resource or person you know of that shoots tours with a Canon DSLR? I’d love to get some info specific to shooting real estate and the ideal settings.

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How to Meet up with Real Estate Photographers in Your Local Area

January 9th, 2018

Pete in the Seattle area asks:

Do you know of a Pacific Northwest real estate photographers association? I want to mix it up with my peers to exchange information and experiences.

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Marc Weisberg’s Mastering Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop Feb 5th, 6th, and 7th 2018 in Southern California

January 8th, 2018

Marc Weisberg, a luxury real estate photographer and Sony Artisan will be conducting a three-day intensive workshop on mastering luxury real estate photography in Irvine, California on Feb. 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2018.

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When Do You Need Model Releases for Photographing People in a Public Place?

January 7th, 2018

Michael in Colorado says:

I’m getting ready to do some lifestyle shots of my local downtown area and I believe I remember that when you are in a public place and people are in a public place you do not need any model releases for the people you capture in your photographs. However, I’m not sure if that is correct or if there are legal ramifications. Can you clarify?

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Window Pull in Darken Mode – In-depth Expanded Tutorial by Rich Baum

January 5th, 2018

How Do Interior Photographers Get Rid of Unwanted Lens Flare?

January 4th, 2018

Ron in Texas says:

I use a Canon 17-40 mm on a 5D MkIII and for the most part, it performs well. However, even when shooting north facing windows or otherwise shade-side windows in certain circumstances, l experience lens flare. The inconsistency of it is what drives me crazy. Is there a magic camera-to-window angle or lens height that can help eliminate this pain? I know that some overhead lighting can be a problem and I turn them off when I can but some window situations just seem to be a problem no matter what I do, even at small apertures! For a while, I’ve tried a polarizing filter, but I found this actually made the problem worse! I think the fact that there were more reflective surfaces in the mix was a problem.

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Announcing the Rich Baum “Tips & Tricks” Real Estate Photography 2 Day Workshop Tour

January 3rd, 2018

If you have watched Rich Baum’s YouTube videos, you can now spend two full days with Rich for a hands-on photography workshop learning all the techniques he teaches in his videos. The 2018 tour will kick off in beautiful and historic Auburn, California Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2018.

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What Do You Think of the Seagate Personal Cloud?

January 2nd, 2018

Dave in California says:

Every year I buy an external hard drive. This year I saw that Seagate has one that you can use as a cloud storage system by using an App. Do you know if this works and if other real estate photographers are using it? Looks like you can access your images anywhere from your files on your own Seagate Cloud at home. It also looks like you can backup the files elsewhere.

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Choosing a Wide-Angle Lens for Shooting Real Estate Photography

January 1st, 2018

Sandy in Vermont asked:

I am considering purchasing a lens for real estate and architectural photography. I am wondering if someone might be able to make a recommendation? I am considering a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. I was looking at a Sigma 14mm, but find it could be a disadvantage using a fixed focus lens; it is more expensive. I could really use some assistance. The cameras I presently have are the Nikon D600 and the D7000.

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