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Is Anyone Using The New PocketSuite App For IOS?

October 25th, 2016

pocketsuiteLast week Nina in Chicago asked me:

This link (for the PocketSuite IOS App) just came in my email today. Has anyone used it yet?

At first, I thought this was a new app. But after some research and checking out the Apple App store it appears that this application is originally launched two years ago.

The functionality for the price ($9.99/mo) appears to be quite good:

  1. It integrates with Google Calendar.
  2. Allows invoices to be sent via TXT or email.
  3. Online scheduling and intake forms.

My only concern is that they seem to be marketing the app aggressively after two years and they still don’t have an Android version of this App.

Is anyone using this App?

Thomas Grubba Reviews Real Estate Photos on Scott Kelby’s The Grid Podcast

October 24th, 2016

thomas + Scott kelbyI got an email this last week from Thomas Grubba telling me about his appearance on KelbyTV with Scott Kelby reviewing real estate photography. The podcast is 87 minutes long but is well worth your time. Thomas critiques a bunch of real estate shots and Scott Kelby tries to make fixes to the photos while Thomas is talking. Very useful!

I was glad to hear from Thomas since I haven’t heard from him in a long time. I met Thomas way back in 2008 at the workshop we put on in Seattle where Thomas and Scott Hargis did the lighting part of the of the workshop. This was my first exposure to lighting interiors with small manual flashes. Thomas and Scott did workshops on this subject for quite a while. In fact, Scott Kelby went to one of their workshops in Santa Clarita in August of 2008.

I’ve asked Thomas to be a PFRE monthly contest juror and I’ll be adding him to the coaching page in the very near future. Also, Thomas has a real estate photography video class on that is still in the finishing stages. I’ll do a post on that when it comes online.


Congratulations Aaron Kraft – October PFRE Photographer Of The Month

October 23rd, 2016

2016octaaronkraftCongratulations to Aaron Kraft of Jackson, Wyoming who the jury as voted PFRE Photographer of the month for October 2016.

As you can see from the comments on Aaron’s entry the jurors disagreed as to whether Aaron’s shot looked elevated enough to fit this month’s theme of “Elevated exterior shot- Pole Aerial Photography, Aerial or UAV”. But the jurors decided and there are 11 points between first and second place. Continue Reading »

iPlayerHD is Now Offering One Year of Premium Video Hosting For Free

October 21st, 2016

iplayerhdI was over at iPlayerHD setting up the video example for last Wednesdays post and I noticed that iPlayerHD is now offering a year of free premium hosting for free. This is pretty significant so I thought I’d better point it out to everyone.

For those that don’t know about iPlayerHD, it is a very popular hosting platform for real estate video because it is ad-free, reliable and easy to use. I use iPlayerHD to host the video for Simon Maxwell’s Enfuse video series and it is very reliable and a pleasure to use.

For more info and to signup for a year’s free hosting go over to iPlayerHD.

How Do Independent Real Estate Photographers Compete With Large Companies?

October 20th, 2016

Martina in Atlanta asks the following question:

I am just starting out in real estate photography. The problem I am encountering is that many real estate agents hire company’s that provide virtual tours and a whole marketing package (flyers, virtual tour, weekly sellers report etc.) They also provide photographers. I signed on with a company like that in hopes to develop relationships with agents. When asking the agents why they use these companies instead of using independent photographers they say that they love the marketing advantages that come with it.

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Fiverr Is a Great Site To Get Video Intros Done – Like Google Earth Fly-ins

October 19th, 2016

Amy in Austin told me she is having trouble learning how to create Google Earth fly-ins at the beginning of her videos and wants to find someone who will do it for her. Continue Reading »

Is It Possible To Put A Clickable Hyperlink in An Ordinary Video File?

October 18th, 2016

thumbnailPaddy in Virginia has a challenging question:

I currently provide still photos and MatterPort 3D Tours to my clients but occasionally get asked about drone video. My idea as I don’t currently shoot any video is to see if I could record video (drone or otherwise) and end up at the front door with a clickable hyperlink that would then launch the 3D VT for the viewer….kind of like those YouTube videos that allow a clickable

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Do Real Estate Photographers Need to Ask For Permission to Use Listing Photo For Their Own Marketing?

October 17th, 2016

discussSummer in California asks:

Do I need to ask permission from the realtor, or homeowner to use the photos I take of their listing for my own marketing (website, social media, mailers, etc.)?

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Do Real Estate Photographers Need To Be Bonded?

October 16th, 2016

InsuranceJessica in NC/SC asked:

Do real estate photographers need to get bonded to do real estate photography? If so, what kind of bond would your recommend for NC and SC?

Blog reader Ken answered your question quite well in a comment to a similar question a couple of years ago as follows: Continue Reading »

How To Fix Randomly Disconnecting Bluetooth Devices

October 14th, 2016

bluetoothMike in TN asked for help solving his Bluetooth keyboard disconnect problems. He says:

Sometimes switching to PS from LR, I will lose the use of my keyboard. Sometimes, by selecting another tool will restore my keyboard, but even switching back to LR my keyboard will still be useless. The only solution is restarting my iMac. It will not always happen, the longer I work in PS

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What’s a Reasonable Amount of Liability to Carry for Drone Photography?

October 13th, 2016

insuranceFelix in MA asked more questions about drones:

After passing the FAA test, I’ve developed even more questions about drones and using them:

  1. What’s a reasonable amount of liability to carry for drone photography?
  2. Any thoughts on good insurance companies for this coverage?
  3. Are the drones themselves worth insuring ? Or is self insuring the equipment the more economical option?

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Why Are Formal Classes On Photoshop Nowhere to Be Found?

October 12th, 2016


Larry in Georgia asks:

Why are there no formal classes on Photoshop to be found? This question came to mind because so many of the photos on your site are comprised of what to me appears as being rather complicated Photoshop techniques employing multiple steps. Yet, in my area of the country, formal classes are nowhere to be found.

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Copyright Registration Workflow For Real Estate Photographers

October 11th, 2016

CopyrightWorkflowI got a question from Brandon on copyright workflow:

I can’t find anything definitive in either the Flickr group or on the website/blog. Is there a general consensus (or at least a fairly reliable source) on the current exact recommended procedure for “bulk-registering” image copyrights? For example, registering four times per year as groups of “published” images, to ensure full protection and the ability to seek statutory damages for infringement? I’ve searched the Flickr group but have found lots of conflicting information and vague descriptions of the exact “how” of the process.

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Should Real Estate Photographers Charge More For Listings Co-listed Between Two Offices?

October 10th, 2016

colistingagentsMichael in Colorado asks:

Should I charge more for a photo shoot if there are two real estate brokers from two different companies listing the property together? This comes up several times per year. I’m inclined to let it slide and just charge our standard rate since typically both brokers are long time valued clients. However, I see both sides of the coin here. More people are receiving value from our photography (two different companies with their own vast marketing networks), therefore it seems fair to charge an additional licensing fee. However, if the

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What is The Preferred Way of lighting Rooms Without Windows?

October 9th, 2016

figure6-6Vida in Kranj, Slovenia asks:

What is your preferred way of lighting rooms without windows? Having elaborate lighting to mimic windows is often impossible due to small spaces and also misleading. Rooms with one strong light overhead are lighted terribly with ugly shadows and colors. Using bounced flash is often flat and just not soft enough. I guess I’m curious to know what look to go for? If somebody has a photo of a room (no matter the size) with one overhead light that is lighted admirably I would love to see it posted here.

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