Bill’s Question: Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but… I was interested in your thoughts on the new Hyperlapse App that Instagram released and they were raving about over on activerain?
Answer: I just downloaded Hyperlapse and tried out Hyperlapse App… While it’s a great iPhone time-lapse App because it allows you to change the frame rate before saving, there is no rocket science involved here. It’s handy if all you use is a smartphone or iPad, but you can do exactly the same thing with any video in most video editing programs (increase the frame rate) to get that stabilization effect.
So this is something I’ll definitely use on my iPhone to take fun video clips, but it’s not something I recommend to anyone for shooting property video. Much better to use a DSLR + wideangle lens + competent video editor and you get much better results!
Ethan’s Question: I got this message from a good friend who in my opinion is a credible Realtor:
Are any of your photos for homes/listings on Zillow? I learned today that Zillow claims rights to all data/pictures once they are fed to them. It is in their brokerage contracts. Just an FYI that in the real estate world the listing belongs to the brokerage not the agent.
I am not really sure how to answer or address the issue if it is one. What are your thoughts?
Answer: I frankly doubt that Zillow claims any rights to photos, other than use for the duration of the listing in a similar way that MLSs have rights to use the photos for the duration of a listing. Many MLSs in the US claim that the act of uploading photos to the MLS transfers the copyright to the MLS. This is simply not true. Joel Rothman of Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC assures me that the photographer must sign a copyright transfer agreement to transfer copyright. If you have a link to someplace that gives more detail info on this Zillow claim, I’d be happy to check it out with Joel. I’ve discussed this subject at length with Joel and the assertion that many MLSs and sites like Zillow make about owning more rights than simple usage rights for the duration of the listing is flatly illegal. Has anyone heard of this claim by Zillow?
Randy’s Question: I have been asked to put together a course on “Photography for Realtors” This would be for continuing education credit with the Tennessee Association of Realtors. It would be a three hour course. Are you familiar with anything like this being done across the country?
Answer: I’m aware of several one day classes on the general subject of Photography for Realtors but nothing in the order of 3 credit hours (8 to 10 class room hours). I would be very surprised if you could get enough Realtors consistently in one location to pay the cost of that length of class. Does anyone have this kind of class in their area?