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Is There a One Stop for Real Estate Photographer Insurance?

February 27th, 2017

Bob in New Mexico asks:

Is anyone aware of a company that will write a “cover it all” policy? I wish I could just get one policy that covered all my equipment (cameras, lenses, and drones included) for damage or theft, etc., and had a liability policy attached; a veritable “one stop shop” for real eEstate photography insurance. I want my equipment covered for theft, etc. But I also want to be covered whether I knock over hot, red wax (via somebody’s previous post) or my drone goes rogue and flies through a front window or (may it never happen) the rogue drone hit a person.

Last October, I did a post on the insurance guy (Chuck Eagleston) that Ethan Tweedie in Hawaii found through ASMP. This is their website. When I talked to Chuck, I’m pretty sure he said that they write a custom policy for all your needs including your drone.

Does anyone else have a one-stop insurance company?

How Long Do Real Estate Photographers Keep Their Images?

February 26th, 2017

Alan in the Seattle area asks:

Just curious to know how long most photographers keep the images from each of their real estate shoots?  Do they keep them all or do they just keep the deliverables?  And if so, for how long?

Much depends on the volume of shoots you are doing and your style of shooting and if you register and resell your images.

If you are shooting high volume, most would argue that here’s probably not much of a reason to have the images you shot more than 6 months to a year ago.

On the other hand, if you don’t shoot high volume, given today’s low storage costs, there’s little motivation to develop a disciplined process for getting rid of old shoots. For most photographers, it would take more time and effort to go clean up and get rid of old stuff and decide what’s important and what’s not important than to just keep everything! There’s always a chance that you’ll screw up and get rid of something important. So why not just keep everything?

I have every digital file that I’ve created since I started using a digital camera in 1999. It’s not that big a deal. I enjoy going back and looking at the listings that I shot back in 2000!

Are Black and White Images Appropriate for Real Estate Marketing?

February 24th, 2017

Ron in Texas asks:

I wanted to run this idea by you and your readers. I live in a small Texas border town and do RE photography (still and drone) as a retirement supplement, and there are a limited number of high-end homes to shoot here. I stay reasonably busy, but could always use a little more business. Recently, a broker who really likes my work asked me if there was any way I could offer a discounted package for some of her agents who typically sell medium-priced homes and can’t afford my fee ($125 for the basic 25 image+ pkg).

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Congratulations Jenn Verrier – February PFRE Photographer of the Month

February 23rd, 2017

Congratulations to Jenn Verrier in Arlington, Virginia who the jury has voted PFRE Photographer of the Month for February. This is Jenn’s first win as the PFRE Photographer of the Month.

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What Services Should Real Estate Photographers Offer besides Still Photos?

February 22nd, 2017

Peter in Calgary asks:

I’ve been doing real estate photography for the last few years. I’ve been asked numerous times what other services I offer other than photography. I do want to offer measurements and floor plans but I am not sure where to start. Any suggestions on how I can go about learning to offer other services than still photography?

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What Can Real Estate Photographers do to Give Their Website Higher Google Ranking?

February 21st, 2017

Ian in Florida asked:

How do I get my website to show up on the first page of google results? Does anyone enter keywords into the metadata of their photos in Lightroom in order to increase their visability to search engines?

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What ISO Should You Be Using?

February 20th, 2017

Brady in Seattle asks:

For the Enfuse process, Simon Maxwell suggests using the lowest ISO possible and I translate that to ISO 100 for Canon users and ISO 200 for NIKON users (at least my D700) … but where my question comes from is when doing more ambient/flash work.  Scott Hargis recommends an ISO of 320 to “give your flash more power” and I presume 320 because it’s a multiple of the Canon native ISO, 160?  For my D700, its native ISO is 200. Would I be best shooting at ISO 400?  Probably overthinking it for the quality levels of the MLS, but I’m curious for shooting in general.

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How Can Real Estate Photographers Speed up Bracket Processing?

February 19th, 2017

Tod in Virginia says:

In the past, I’ve worked mainly on my own but I’m going to work (as a contractor) for a small boutique-ish staging and photography group.  It’s all good and the pay is nice, the only possible drawback is we do all the post processing ourselves.  I love Lightroom, but for my own work, I don’t shoot brackets.

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360 Tour Designs: A Way for Real Estate Photographers to Get Help with Starting a Business

February 17th, 2017

Last week James in Georgia summed up the two classic approaches for beginning real estate photographers. He said:

I consider myself a businessman with a camera instead of a guy with a camera trying to make a living.

That is, some of us are born business people, and some of us are artists that need more help with the business part. If you are that person with “a camera trying to make a living,” chances are, you could use some help working out a business plan for real estate photography. Continue Reading »

Nikon Announces Extraordinary Losses – What Does This Mean?

February 16th, 2017

On Feb 13, Nikon issued a “Notice of Recognition of Extraordinary Loss”; canceled 3 new cameras they announced over a year ago, and announced an expected staff reduction.

Tony Northrup’s video does an in-depth analysis of what this means for photographers and for Nikon as a camera company. He also gives his opinion of what Nikon needs to do to rescue their camera business.

As Tony explains, this isn’t a disaster for Nikon, they’ve just been making some bad technology decisions. Older camera companies like Nikon and Canon need to be paying close attention to what’s going on in the SmartPhone industry because SmartPhones are driving people’s expectations of the way user interfaces and software should work.

What Is the Best Business Model for Selling a Matterport Service?

February 15th, 2017

James in Georgia says:

I am getting pressure from a few of my real estate clients to invest in Matterport. As you all know the camera is very expensive and there is also a monthly hosting fee, adjusted based on the number of projects that are hosted. I am also talking to some of my new home builder clients to see if this is something that would interest them as well. The investment would only make sense if I have enough clients using this service on a monthly basis in order to 1- pay for the investment, and 2- cover the monthly hosting fee.

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Blockbuster $8M+ Verdict Against Zillow for Copyright Infringement of Real Estate Photos

February 14th, 2017

This article by Joel Rothman reposted from

VHT, the real estate photo giant, filed suit for copyright infringement against Zillow Group in July 2015 alleging that Zillow had been stealing tens of thousands of VHT’s photos and illegally using them for its own profit and gain on the Zillow Digs website.

At the end of the two week trial the Seattle jury found that Zillow failed to prove it could use VHT’s photos either under license or fair use and that Zillow therefore infringed the copyrights in 28,125 of VHT’s real estate photos. Continue Reading »

Should You Be Concerned When Realtors Watermark Their Listing Photos?

February 13th, 2017

Ryan in Texas asks:

Should I be concerned about listing services that allow a Realtor to watermark their listing photos? The watermarking of photos appears to advertise the realtor’s services and prevent the photos’ subsequent appropriation by another realtor or broker should the listing agent lose the listing, but it seems like a slippery slope. Can it be construed that the realtor is claiming these photos as their own? I’m aware that in many licensing agreements (including my own), photographers are allowing their clients to use the photos to advertise their listing, and to a more limited degree, their own businesses in the form of marketing their sold listings to gain more business from potential sellers. I’d be interested to hear what you and other real estate photography business owners have to say about it and whether or not you’ve encountered or dealt with it before.

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Cooper-Colangelo Real Estate Photography Workshop: Las Vegas April 7-8

February 12th, 2017

Brandon Cooper, 2016 PFRE Photographer of the Year, and his mentor, Tony Colangelo (four-time PFRE photographer of the month) are pleased to announce the next Cooper-Colangelo Real Estate Photography Workshop, at the beautiful Red Rock Resort & Spa, in Las Vegas, April 7-8, 2017.

This interactive and highly engaging workshop is aimed at giving you the knowledge and confidence to create great images – in less time.

This workshop will benefit:

  • Relatively new Real Estate photographers wanting to demystify the learning curve.
  • HDR shooters who want to make the move to off-camera flash once and for all!
  • High-volume photographers wanting to create better images while maintaining efficiency and profit margins.
  • Experienced shooters wanting to augment their brand with images that will entice high-profile clientele.

As many of you know, Brandon has built a thriving, high-volume real estate photography business (shooting over 1,000 homes per year.) He is known for his fast, effective lighting and quick, efficient frame compositing, generating interior design quality images that he delivers to his clients same-day.

Tony is a long-time contributor to the PFRE community. He is also a highly sought after business coach who combines a twenty-five-year history of coaching/consulting practice with many years’ experience as a senior business executive. He has a Master’s degree in Education and is an expert facilitator, having delivered countless workshops and seminars to thousands of people across Canada and the US over the past 25 years.

For more information and registration click here.

Act quickly; only 20 seats available.

Is It Useful for Real Estate Photographers to Promote Listings They Shoot on Social Media?

February 10th, 2017

George in California asks:

A local real estate photography company offers to advertise a listing they photographed for their clients.  They advertise on their company social media page and charge agents for the service. This appears to be a popular service. Is this legal?

I see no reason why promoting your clients listings on social media is illegal. Promoting listings that a real estate photographer photographs has long been very common and it probably promotes the photographer as much as the agent: Continue Reading »