July 30th, 2013
Some PFRE readers may not realize what an essential step participating in a group like the PFRE flickr group is to learning real estate photography. You may think you are doing great but until you compare what you are doing to others in the business and get some peer review of your work you can’t be sure. Just today I saw a newbie getting an explanation of how important it is to have your verticals vertical. The vertical lecture seems to be a right of passage – at some point everyone needs it and eventually you need to give it to someone else!
There are several steps to go through to benefit from this great educational forum:
- Just look at the photos posted there each day. By just looking you can learn what good real estate photography looks like because many of the best real estate photographers in the world that actively participate, post photos and participate in the discussions in this forum.
- Post your own photos and get feedback from others. Don’t be overly sensitive. Expect people to be straight forward and tell you what you are doing wrong.
- Comment on photos of others or ask questions of the people that post photos.
- Participate in the discussions. The photo pool and the discussions are essentially independent. Anyone can participate in either or both.
Over the years (the forum has been operational since May of 2007) there have been many people that told me that participation in this forum played a significant part of their building a successful real estate photography business. I attribute this to the willingness of so many of the PFRE flickr forum members to help everyone.
All the links to PFRE blog related forums are listed down on the right-hand side-bar under the title “PFRE Flickr Links“. There are several forums, but the most popular and the largest is the world wide PFRE forum.
With the recent release of flickr apps for SmartPhones and tablets participation in the flickr forum is much easier from mobile devices.