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What Are the Recommended Photo Delivery Methods for Real Estate Photographers?

July 21st, 2017

DeliveryBill in Northern Virginia recently asked the question:

I have been experiencing some issues in sending clients their photos and videos. What are some recommended photo delivery services to use?

First of all, I would not send video files to Realtors. Most Realtors won’t have a clue what to do with a large video file. Host the video some place like YouTube, Vimeo or iPlayerHD and then send your client a link to the hosted video. Continue Reading »

What Virtual Staging Services Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

July 20th, 2017

Jack in Florida asks:

Do many real estate photographers get requests to virtually stage vacant homes? If so, what do they use – virtual staging services, special software or Photoshop?

Virtual staging requires an extensive library of 3D furniture and a lot of Photoshop skill. While some do virtual staging themselves, most have a virtual staging service do the work. Continue Reading »

Real Estate Photographers Should Be Very Careful about Signing Non-Compete Agreements

July 19th, 2017

Just a few weeks ago, a beginning real estate photographer told me he planned to work for a local company to learn the business and get some training.

On the surface, this seems to make perfect sense. The part that most people don’t seem to understand is that real estate photography companies hiring photographers are very sensitive about the photographer quitting and becoming a competitor. So most will want you to sign an agreement where you agree that you won’t compete with them (a non-compete agreement) in the future. Continue Reading »

Real Estate Photography Workshop Aug 25th & 26th Stafford, Virginia

July 18th, 2017

Cindy James and Danny Green are having their 5th workshop on Fri/Sat, August 25 & 26th. Click here for complete details and signup.

There is an outline of what we will cover, our backgrounds and each of our websites. Danny is a Top 20 Real Estate Photographer in Washington DC, and Cindy runs a very successful real estate photography business with a team.

 

How Do You Light and Photograph a Large Interior Space?

July 18th, 2017

Luciana in Iowa asked:

I have been asked to photograph the interior of a commercial property. I went there in advance to see how I would set up my lighting, but honestly I’m having a hard time coming up with a plan. It is a gym with huge open spaces and very high ceilings. I thought maybe using HDR would be a better way to go however, some of the shots will need to include people working out. Any suggestions?

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What Training Do You Recommend for FAA Part 107 Registration?

July 17th, 2017

Randy in Iowa asks:

A real estate company I do a lot of photography for has purchased a drone and would like for me to use it to take arial photos. I’ve been practicing and doing pretty well with it, to the point that I’m ready to get it into service. So, I need to get my license. What do you recommend as training to get my FAA part 107 registration?

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How to Retouch Interiors in Photoshop

July 16th, 2017

Alex in Florida says:

I wanted to share this video from PHLEARN on how to remove distractions from your image in Photoshop (cables, and whatever). He does this example on an interior shot, so it should serve as a good lesson to people who don’t know how to do this.

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PFRE Blog Recommended Real Estate Photography Gear

July 14th, 2017

Lisa in South Carolina asks:

I am a real estate agent with no professional photography training. I like to take my own listing photos, and have been using a Nikon D40 with the 18-35 lens that came with it. For a while now, my camera has been leaving spots on my pictures, which take a while to edit out. I live in a small town with no places to have the camera cleaned. So, I want to buy a newer camera and possibly a wide angle lens, hoping my photos will appear more professionally done. I have spent hours on sites such as this, trying to decide which camera to buy, and I’m feeling quite overwhelmed.

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Why Are There No Lens Profiles for the Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift Lens?

July 13th, 2017

Ron in Texas says:

I’ve recently fallen in love with my new Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens but to my chagrin, I see that Lightroom does not have a lens profile for it! Do you know how I can install one or get a custom profile? I’m using CC 2017.

The reason you can’t find lens profiles for any tilt-shift lenses is that correction profiles won’t work for these lenses as the software has no way of knowing where the center of distortion is. Tilt or shift movements aren’t recorded, so any values would only work with the lens centered.

You can make lens corrections you think are necessary manually but many people would argue this lens doesn’t require any corrections.

Lifestyle Videos from Vancouver Island, BC

July 12th, 2017

Real estate video is very popular these days on Vancouver Island, BC. Last week I heard from both of the top real estate video videographers on the Island. Jacob McNeil and the Dominguez family.

Jacob says, “Things have exploded on the island for us. Last year was our busiest year to date and this year has already exceeded that.” This is Jacob’s lifestyle video.

Mia Dominguez says, “Thought you’d enjoy this video we created with a bit of humor. Laughter is a great way to capture an audience. Our oldest daughter Pam and her boyfriend helped us with the acting. This video has had close to 6,000 views in one week.” This is the video the Dominguez family produced.

 

Why You Can’t Use Auto Exposure Bracketing When Using a Flash

July 11th, 2017

Ron in Northern California says:

I love your resource here. I have a Canon 5D MKIII with 600EX-RT speedlite and ST-E3-RT trigger. I’ve been shooting for a couple of months using brackets and Lightroom HDR. I had some color consistency issues and after reading some your posts on using a manual flash I added flash to my bracketing and it really helped! Unfortunately, I discovered in the process that my wonderful Canon equipment doesn’t support AEB with flash. Not even with the flash set to Manual. Is there a reasonably priced manual trigger that will support the automatic exposure bracketing?

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What Is the Best Photo Editor for a Beginning Real Estate Photographer?

July 10th, 2017

Paul asks:

I’m an amateur photographer and retired real estate agent. I am thinking of starting a real estate photography business. Can you tell me what is a good starter editing software, but not a monthly subscription? Cyberlink Photodirector and Lightroom were recommended.

I think Lightroom is the best way to edit for any real estate photographer. You can still get a non-subscription version of Lightroom 6. Continue Reading »

How Many, How Long, How Much?

July 9th, 2017

Last week, I was talking to John McBay whom many of you know as the author of the e-book and video series, Image Editing for Real Estate Photography. John is also listed on the coaching page and does real estate photography coaching.

John asked me to pass along his coaching/mentoring document (click the blue rectangle above to download). Everyone is free to use this document in any way they want. It gives quite a good in-depth discussion of the three of the major questions that beginning real estate photographers need to understand: Continue Reading »

The Importance of Workshops and Coaching in Learning Real Estate Photography

July 7th, 2017

Some recent discussions with people just beginning real estate photography reminded me that many people need help understanding how to get good real estate photography training. Below are some important ideas on this subject. Continue Reading »

What Should Real Estate Photographers Base Their Pricing On?

July 6th, 2017

150unitshootAaron in Ohio asks:

I know most real estate photographers charge based on the square footage of a property but lately I have been charging a per image fee. It seems to be working but I have gotten some guff about it. I do this because some Realtors want upwards of 50 images for 1500 sq. ft. homes and 60 images on 3,500 sq. ft. home. Under the square footage model, the difference in price when charging by sq. ft. is substantial but the work load sometimes is not.

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