August 19th, 2014
Jaimee’s Question: I’m a fairly new agent (2 years) and want to supplement my income with real estate photography. Your ebooks are exactly what I’m looking for to gather information on what to use and how to start so thank you for that. I have an older Canon Rebel 300D from 2003, it’s not a full frame….I’ve spoken with several photographers and received several different answers and I am thoroughly confused on what equipment I need. ?
Answer: I don’t think your Rebel 300D is a problem… your wide angle lens is more important. If you wanted to upgrade a Rebel T3i or T5i is the modern equivalent to the 300D, but I doubt anyone will be able to tell that you are using a old model. For starters if you haven’t already take a look at this post that lists all the basic equipment you need to get started. Some new info is that Cannon recently released the 10-18mm lens and reports are that it is as good as the 10-22mm which is a very popular with RE photographers and the 10-18mm is under $300. See the discussion here.
Heide’s Question: I was wondering if you have any suggestions or pointers as to how to quickly create property websites for agents. I don’t want to spend half a day or more creating sites.
Answer: Yes, with tourbuzz.net tours you can give any tour its own domain name like 1234MainSt.com. Very easy to do.
Reed’s Question: I was wondering what you think of the way the website curbed.com uses our real estate photography? I found them using some of mine without permission. Can anything be done about this since they actually lifted the photos from the MLS?
Answer: It looks to me like curbed.com is using MLS photos beyond the typical licensing. I would contact Joel Rothman. Joel is a Intellectual Property attorney with Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group in Florida that is very familiar with the copyright issues in real estate MLS sites. Joel has represented other PFRE blog readers and can advise you how to pursue this issue.
Song’s Question: I have a question which if you could answer would probably solve a lot of my problems. In my country (New Zealand) my parents have a friend who is in one of the top Real Estate companies in Auckland (we have 3/4 main ones) and according to her, all of their photography is handled via a professional company so none of their photos are from a point and shoot like many are saying and are relatively okay quality photos. I would assume that all of these big companies would do the same. Would they then, hire me as they already have a company who has “monopolized” their listings and I assume would have a contract with them. At this point, how should I proceed? ?
Answer: Some real estate companies have contracts with real estate photographers to shoot for their whole company but I doubt that all real estate agencies in Auckland do it. NZ and AU are certainly very progressive at using real estate photography but I can’t believe that opportunities for independent real estate photographers have disappeared. You should be able to locate companies that don’t have a company wide contract by getting online and looking at the photos that each company/agent uses to market their listings and focus on marketing just agents in that company. Look for agencies that use bad photography and could use your help.
Are their any independent real estate photographers from NZ that can comment on Song’s question?