August 27th, 2014
I keep getting great questions and post these so everyone can get the benefit of the answers and others can help me come up with answers. Feel free to help me answer these!
Barry’s Question: I’m new to the PFRE scene and the Flickr blogs. Could you give me a translation of some of the acronyms (i.e. STU, etc.) that are being used to describe setups? BTW, PFRE is a great site. I’ve learned so much in a short time.
Answer: Great question… There is a PFRE flickr group discussion thread called “RE dictionary” that has all the definitions. I just made it sticky (makes it stay at the top of the list of discussion threads.
Carmine’s Question: I love your books and the information in them. Now it seems I have become a Commercial Real Estate Agent and my Broker would like me to start shooting video walk throughs of Office, Industrial, Warehouses,Retail spaces, etc. Is there a book on how to shoot and light property video?
Answer: Another great question… I’ve had various projects do this in the past but just haven’t got it done yet. Malia Campbell has done some workshops on this subject but I don’t know of any good resources at this time for learning property video. Most videographers that shoot property video shoot cinematic video (using sliders, dollys and cranes ) and not walk through video (using stabilizers). Walk-through video is more difficult to master and I know only a handful of people do it well. Fred Light, in Boston and Christian in Toronto do walk through video very well.
Russ’s Question: After going through your website finding some interesting articles and one of them was concerning dxo viewpoint but that article is now over two years ago. As two years have past have you had any change of mind as far as Viewpoint goes as now at version 2.1 against PTLens and the latter I can find very little up to date information on!
Answer: Two years ago, before the release of Lightroom 4, there were a bunch of options for correcting verticals and barrel distortion, but since Lightroom 4 and now 5, there is not much point in using specialized applications like PTLens and Viewpoint when Lightroom has such great functionality in this area. So, I just stopped talking about those specialized alternatives.