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LR/Enfuse and Photomatix Fusion Speed Comparison

November 16th, 2017

Eric in Florida says:

I am starting to use LR/Enfuse more often. I normally use Photomatix, because it processes much faster than LR/Enfuse. I am using LR/Enfuse at the default settings. I was wondering if there are any other settings you might recommend that make LR/Enfuse process faster.

Since Simon Maxwell is the expert on LR/Enfuse, I passed Eric’s question on to Simon. Here is his answer: Continue Reading »

How Long Do You Keep Your Photos from Real Estate Shoots?

November 15th, 2017

DroboFileStorageJon in Michigan asks:

What is the length of time that one should hold on to old photos from past shoots? I know that storage is cheap, but I’ve got a ton of RAW files just taking up space. I’ve gone from Enfuse to a flash ambient styling so there are lots of files. I can see improvement in my shots, and I’m not going to go back through them unless I have a spectacular one for a portfolio and try to re-work it. If the house sells or is more than a year old, what’s the point?

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What Are Your Experiences with Mac OS High Sierra?

November 14th, 2017

Eric in Florida asks:

I received an e-mail about the MAC OS upgrade to High Sierra, and wanted to know if you or anyone anyone among the PFRE readers has tried it. When I upgraded to Sierra, I experienced much longer processing time in Lightroom. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this before I upgrade.

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How Do You Control Glare and Reflections on Interior Windows?

November 13th, 2017

Darren in Northern California says:

Is there a particular technique or tactic to reducing glare and reflections on interior windows during twilight photo shoots? I capture a few exposures (ambient and flash fill) and then brush them together in editing. Often times, the views beyond the window are obstructed by interior reflections.

Window reflections can usually be controlled by where you put your flashes in relation to where the camera is. It’s a matter of being aware of the angles and moving your flash(es) around so you remove the reflections. If you are not shooting extremely wide, there should be a flash placement where they won’t reflect in the windows. Continue Reading »

Summary of Photo Copyright Considerations for Real Estate Photographers

November 12th, 2017

Pat in Ohio asks:

I have been a real estate photographer for a year now. Just want to confirm who owns the rights of the photographs taken? The real estate company or the Realtor or the photographer? I have been using the photographs for my business card, brochures, website, FaceBook, and Instagram. Just want to make sure that I’m doing business correctly.

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Get One on One Coaching with Real Estate Photography Subjects from PFRE Coaches

November 9th, 2017

Phillip in Virginia contacted me to say that he was struggling to do window pulls in post via darken-mode in Photoshop.

I referred him to Rich Baum’s several darken-mode video tutorials here and here. These were probably the tutorials that Phillip was struggling with.

Many readers don’t realize that the PFRE coaching page is a list of 14 of some of the best real estate photographers in the business that do one on one coaching. Rich is listed on this page so I’m sure he would be glad to do one on one coaching for the fine points of darken mode.

It is worth pointing out that over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the work that all these coaches do. Some of the feedback can be found in the comments on the coaching page.

If you’d like one on one coaching, be sure to check out these coaches.

Is There Accounting Software That Can Be Used on a Mac?

November 8th, 2017

Phil in Virginia says:

I use an online accounting system (called Wave) that I am very satisfied with. I use it to record and reconcile all of my small business income and expenses, as well as to generate all of my invoices. The system keeps a record of the invoices and I record payments as I receive them, and of course assigns them to the proper account, just like physical bookkeeping works. I would prefer to use a desktop accounting system rather than online, and used to do so before I switched to an iMac system, but virtually ALL accounting systems are online subscription-based now.

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How Should You Reference Other People’s Work Online?

November 7th, 2017

Jack recently asked:

If I reference a Redfin study concerning the value of photography on my website, would that be OK to do so, provided that I cite the source?

Yes, it is not a violation of copyright if you excerpt a small limited amount of text from another article as long as you identify the site where you’ve taken the text from. This is referred to as “fair use.” Here is the definition of fair use. Here is the definition of fair use which is a bit more legalistic.

Although these definitions of fair use appear to include photos and graphics, I would not use graphics or photos from other sites without getting permission; but that’s just my personal approach.

Is Anyone Using the Airmap App?

November 6th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Kelvin pointed out that there is a new app available for IOS and Android available called Airmap that automates the process of contacting airspace authorities.

The Airmap website describes how the App works as follows: Continue Reading »

What Are Your Experiences with the New Adobe Creative Cloud Applications?

November 5th, 2017

I’ve had several readers ask what to do about the recent changes to Lightroom. Lee in WA said:

I’m confused. I want to stay (mostly) with the now-renamed Lightroom Classic CC , using my desktop storage, but want to access a couple new features unique within the new Lightroom CC. So, I’d like to just resort to the new Lightroom CC for only a small portion of my images, in order to live with their 20GB cloud storage limit.

Where’s everyone headed? Wait until the new CC settles and stabilizes?

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

November 3rd, 2017

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.

For full details and to sign up click here. Continue Reading »

Where Is the Most Demand for Real Estate Photography?

November 2nd, 2017

Jack in Washington DC asks:

I’m considering relocating my business (currently in DC) to either Miami or Tampa/Orlando. Do you have any insights on which market is harder to break into for real estate/interiors photography?
My initial thought is Miami may have more opportunity, but the sheer volume of photographers is also higher and I’ll be up against the some of the best photographers in the country. In Tampa/Orlando there may be less opportunity, but I may land more gigs based on the quality of my work.

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What Can a Real Estate Photographer Do if the Client Doesn’t Pay?

November 1st, 2017

Bruce in CT says:

This past spring we shot a home for an agent who was referred to us by one of our clients. When it was time to deliver the images, we requested a payment and since the agent was not on the shoot, we sent her an electronic invoice asking her to pay it online and the images would then be released.

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What Is the Best Camera Flash Setup for Working Quickly?

October 31st, 2017

Last week I got two similar questions about which flashes to use for real estate photography. Shane said:

I’m switching to the Scott Hargis style lighting for my real estate clients. I’ve shot interiors in the past using studio strobes and umbrellas etc. and will continue to do that when appropriate, but I want to know the best off camera flash set up for working quickly. I’m thinking one in the left hand on a monopod and one or two somewhere else in larger spaces.

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What Camera Should I Buy for Real Estate Photography?

October 30th, 2017

Ally, who is getting started in real estate photography asked:

I’m getting started in real estate photography and am looking to buy a camera. What camera would you recommend? I know it’s more about the lenses, but I definitely need a good camera too.

You are right. In real estate photography, you will need a good wide-angle lens with the camera. The Sony A6000 is my top recommendation for someone getting started in real estate photography. See my Recommended Real Estate Photography page for more details. Also, see Wayne Capili’s post about the Sony A6000.

Although you can get by with the lens that frequently comes bundled with the A6000 (the 16-50 mm lens) the best lens for real estate photography is the Rokinon 12mm f/2.