April 29th, 2014
Answer: The first priority is your wide angle zoom lens:
Joe’s Question: Regarding Exposure Fusion/flash hybrid:
- I take 5 exposures -4,-2, 0, +2 +4 – on which exposure should the flash be used?
- What would you say is best for the flash exposures: full strength, slow-sync- or reduced power?
- I only have a single on camera speedlight. Any suggestions for using that ?
Answer: There are a number of ways to do E/F-Hybrid there’s probably no RIGHT way.
- The amount of power that you want will depend on the size of the room for small or average size rooms 1/2 or 1/4 on several or all of the brackets. This means you would not be able to shoot brackets with AEB function in quick succession because AEB will fire too fast for the flash to recycle. This technique is pretty forgiving and that flash will help even if you are a little off on the power. When shooting brackets I like to do it in manual mode and watch the histogram on LiveView, walking the the histogram (with shutter speed) from just under clipping (touching the top of the histogram) on one side to just under clipping on the other. Then you know you have the whole range of brightness of the room and have time to be sure the flash has recycled each frame or shut the flash off for some frames. You probably want at least on nice ambient frame for the window(s).
- Used reduced power and bounce it off the ceiling or wall behind the camera.
- You’re always better off getting the flash off the camera but if you bounce the on-camera flash off the ceiling or on a wall behind the camera you will get good results. The EF process is forgiving and will actually remove reflections if you have a frame in the series of brackets without the reflection. The E/F process uses the best pixels exposed pixels in each position.
Tim’s Question: Transferring the large files to customers. I have been using Adobe SendNow which has worked well for the last three years, but I have had a problem this morning where it won’t accept my files for uploading. With all the cloud systems that are out there now. What are people finding as effective ways to quickly transfer files to their customers?
Answer: Here are some of the more popular services used by RE photographers:
- Tourbuzz.net: is a tour hosting site for real estate photographers that has a delivery feature built into it. If you include a tour with your shoots this is a great solution because you deliver the photos and the URLs for the tour at the same time.
- Box.com: This is a great site that allows photo delivery very smoothly. It has a 10 GB free version so you can try it out, but the pay version has better delivery options than the free version.
- Dropbox.com: Dropbox is designed more for online backup and online syncing between computers, but it has a publicly accessible folder and a photo sharing feature that can easily be used for photo delivery. You can send clients a download link via email. The 2 Gig, free version is even usable this way. The lowest level of full service is $9.99/mo for 50 Gig of online storage.
- Hightail.com: This is a popular delivery with real estate photographers. It used to be called YouSendIt.com. The lowest level of service is free 2 GB.
- Pixoasis.com: Pixoasis is a professional looking delivery service available for $11.95/month.
What recommendations do readers have on these questions? Feel free to jump in and give your favorite solution.