June 9th, 2016
Scott has a great new 3 hr 19 min class on the basics of real estate photography on lynda.com. Here is Scott’s description of it:
The latest installment in a series of real estate photography courses I’m making with Lynda.com went live just a few days ago — this one has some pretty cool stuff in it!
This one is called “The Basics” and it’s coverage of an entire shoot, start to finish. I traveled down to Ojai California and we spent an entire week filming to get this 3+ hour video. In it, I take you through excruciating detail on the pre-shoot walkthrough, shooting the small easy rooms, shooting the more complex living room/family room, shooting the kitchen, and then the rear and front exteriors. There’s even a post-production video or two, showing what I did to re-touch some of the images.
Maybe the best part is the living room section, in which I made the same shot 3 times in a row — but with a stopwatch running each time. In the first go-through, I make a 60-second photo – this is the ultimate “Run-n-Gun” shot. Next, I pull everything back and re-shoot it, but with a more generous 5 minutes. And finally, I shoot the room but with a luxurious 15-minute clock running. I think it’s a pretty good example of just what the difference is between “Fast” and “Good”, and just what it is we do differently when we have more time. It’s worth noting that in my usual work, it’s not unusual to spend 2 hours on a single photo, and many photographers measure photo production in days, not minutes!
There are a couple more courses currently in the editing phase with Lynda, and we’re discussing future ones, so stay tuned.
I like this class on The Basics because Scott covers everything in real estate photography: composition, lighting, gear, dealing with agents and post-processing. This class is great for someone getting started or even someone who has been shooting for a while and wants to raise the level of their work. I especially like Scott’s approach to planning a shoot. His technique can prevent misunderstandings with the clients as well as making the shoot go smoother.
The way Lynda.com works is that you can get access to all content for $25/mo so you can watch Scott’s two classes on Lynda.com for just $25 as long as you do it in one month and then cancel your monthly subscription.