Archive for the 'Basics' Category

What Is A Good Photography Portfolio Hosting Service?

August 18th, 2016

Geoffrey says: I purchased and read The Business of Real Estate Photography and Photography for Real Estate books. I would like to make a website with a slideshow of my portfolio on my home page. Do you know any web hosting companies that automatically provide both HTML5 and Flash format for slideshows (for Apple, Windows, […]

Shooting Twilight Exteriors For Real Estate

September 29th, 2015

Andy asked the following question: I did some shots for free a few weeks ago and I wanted to do “twilight” shots so I went to the house at night. The street lights turned on and the whole picture pretty much turned yellow because I was doing a slow exposure (the color of the street […]

Is A 22 mm Wide-Angle Lens Wide Enough For Real Estate Photography?

May 27th, 2015

Gene says: I am a Realtor with an Olympus E-500 digital camera and interested in taking interior photos. There are two lens you recommend. The 7-14mm f4 and the 11-22mm f2.8. Big price difference between the two. Is there a big different in the photos and is it noticeable? I am not a pro but […]

How To Get Started As A Real Estate Photographer?

May 10th, 2015

Several people a week ask the following kind of question: My name is Danny and I have an interest in becoming a real estate photographer, although I have no experience in this industry. I am very eager to learn everything there is to know about how to take real estate pictures, to starting a business etc. […]

Should Real Estate Photographers Bother With Picture Styles/Picture Controls?

April 7th, 2015

Dario asks the question: Do you have posts about how to set best picture style on Canon 5D mark II, for interiors or is everything in post production? First of all the Canon feature that Dario calls Picture Styles is called Picture Controls on Nikon cameras. Both features work generally similar. They give  you some control of sharpness, contrast, […]

Minimum Cost For Real Estate Photography Essential Items Startup Kit

March 29th, 2015

I’m in the process of a major update to my Photography For Real Estate e-book. Since it is a book about getting started in real estate photography it suggests gear for someone getting started in real estate photography. A new feature I have in the book is a minimum cost list of getting started gear. […]

Online Learning Is The Most Cost Effective Alternative For Real Estate Photography

January 12th, 2015

This last week I’ve got a bunch of questions like Tawnya’s: Hello! I just found your website and I was wondering if you might be able to recommend a classroom setting where they teach real estate photography in the Southern California… I am primarily an outdoor, family photo session photographer and want to get into […]

Real Estate Photographers – Always Shoot RAW!

January 5th, 2015

Over the holidays, Willie asked: “Why shoot in RAW instead of jpeg?. This reminded me of the days years ago when we used to have heated discussions here on PFRE about whether or not you should shoot RAW. The video to the right by Jared Polin is a funny argument from that era. Nowadays there’s […]

Getting Started In Real Estate Photography

December 17th, 2014

I get lots of questions like the following from people just getting started in the real estate photography business: I’ve been reading your website like a dog. I’m out of work at the moment and was thinking about maybe starting something like this. I love photography and was a real estate agent in the past […]

Which Flash Should Beginning Real Estate Photographers Start With?

December 5th, 2014

Beginning real estate photographer Sarah asks: I own the Canon Rebel T5i and I use it in my real estate business.  Since purchasing the camera (and the 10-22 mm lens that you recommended and ranked #2 on your list) and playing around with it extensively it has become apparent to me that I need to […]

Small Flash vs Enfuse/HDR – How Do You Decide?

October 19th, 2014

My post last week got PFRE reader, Felix thinking. He posed the following question: I’m looking forward to the book on Enfuse but it did raise a question. I know Scott favors using flash and I have read his book and taken his video course.  In your post, you said that Simon uses Enfuse extensively. Is there […]

Simon Maxwell Explains Enfuse or Exposure Fusion

October 13th, 2014

There was at least one comment on yesterdays post suggesting that some readers are not familiar with the terms Enfuse or Exposure Fusion. So I though it would be useful for some to review what those terms mean. Enfuse processing is very widely used in real estate photography these days (about half of all real estate photographers). The […]

Choosing Gear To Get Started in Real Estate Photography For Least the Cost

September 14th, 2014

It’s been a two years since I’ve written about choosing gear to get started in real estate photography so I thought do an update. First of all here are the basic decisions you must make: You need to use a DSLR. Forget about point-and-shoot and any kind of cell phones for real estate photography. The  underlying reason […]

What Real Estate Agents Need To Know About Photography

July 22nd, 2014

Because Scott Hudspeth invited me to speak next Tuesday at his real estate agent Mastermind webinar. I decided to update what I used to call the Realtors Photo Guide. I’ve changed the name of this free ebook that I give away on the blog (the white Free Download ad on the left side-bar). I changed the […]

Top 10 Most Popular Real Estate Photography Posts

July 14th, 2014

I think it is interesting to see what the top areas of interest of PFRE blog readers are interested in. In some ways it reflects how good I am at writing titles but in the long run it mostly reflects reader interest because I don’t put a lot of energy into writing tricky, catchy titles. Here […]