Archive for the 'Lighting' Category

What to do With The Flash Zoom Setting When Using Bounce Flash?

March 20th, 2017

Last week two readers asked what to do the zoom setting when using the lighting techniques described in The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors by Scott Hargis. Thierry in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) asked: Is there a specific way to set flash zoom level when bouncing ? I know I have to try myself different setups but I would like […]

Is Compositing Ambient and Flash Shots in Photoshop for You?

March 17th, 2017

Sharon recently asked the following: I would love to know via a poll how many real estate photographers do a Lightroom to Photoshop composite process vs. lighting the way Scott Hargis does where you spend much less time post processing.  I see so many tutorials on YouTube for compositing, and it seems like it’s a very […]

How Do You Avoid Having Shadows When Shooting Rooms with a Ceiling Fan?

March 6th, 2017

Rob in Southern CA asks: What’s the best way to avoid shadows on ceilings fans, chandeliers, etc? When using strobes I know I can blend in an ambient exposure but I’m looking for a technique or trick without those extra steps. Yes, shadows from things that hang from ceilings are a pain! The trick to […]

Are Black and White Images Appropriate for Real Estate Marketing?

February 24th, 2017

Ron in Texas asks: I wanted to run this idea by you and your readers. I live in a small Texas border town and do RE photography (still and drone) as a retirement supplement, and there are a limited number of high-end homes to shoot here. I stay reasonably busy, but could always use a […]

Which Interiors Photographic Approach is For You? LR/Enfuse Or Small Manual Flash?

January 11th, 2017

Fred in FL asks: So the big question: I know that you’re high on both Scott Hargis’s and Simon Maxwell’s work. But they have totally different approaches to interior real estate photography. Scott is all about the lighting, whereas Simon is all about using LR/Enfuse to do the heavy lifting and then a little light. […]

Why Point-and-Shoot Cameras and Smartphones Don’t Work Well For Interior Photos

January 8th, 2017

John in San Francisco who documents interiors as an expert witness and construction defect inspector asks the following: I’m Looking for a camera setup to take sharp interior house photos for construction defect and expert witness use. I basically shoot the notable points in detail and then generally, quickly shoot the entirety of the property. […]

What If It’s Too Windy To Put Lights Outside Like Scott Hargis Does in His Lynda.com Videos?

January 4th, 2017

Ron in Northern CA asks: I’ve been watching Scott Hargis videos on shooting real estate and I am in the process of getting flashes to light my shots instead of continuing to use LR HDR. He often shows placing a flash outside with an umbrella to give good light. But he says nothing about what […]

What’s More Powerful Than A SB-900 And More Portable Than An Alienbee?

December 11th, 2016

Zoltan in Miami asks: I am using and SB-800 and an SB-900 to get my job done and when they are not powerful enough I use the Alienbee 1600. I photograph many luxury condos with direct ocean view so for me the the interior light needs to balance the intense exterior light (Miami). Do you […]

Flash For Beginners – Why You Eventually Really Do Need To Use Flash

December 7th, 2016

Various polls that I’ve done indicate that roughly half of real estate photographers use small flashes in their shoots. I feel particularly qualified to talk about how people try to avoid using flash because even though I purchased my first flash (an SB-26) for real estate photography work in about 1995, I managed to avoid […]

One Light Real Estate Photography Video Series By Andrew Pece

November 29th, 2016

A new series of instructional videos has recently been produced by Andrew Pece, a photographer based in Orange County, California. The video series is entitled One Light Real Estate Photography. Andrew uses a single, hand-held light to produce all of his imagery. This technique taps into the powerful control that Photoshop compositing brings with it by using […]

What Are The Best Techniques For Post-exposure Modification of Over-bright Interior Lights?

November 22nd, 2016

Don asked about controlling light from over-bright bulbs: I wondered what the best techniques are for post-exposure modification of over-bright bulbs, lamps and other fixtures that show up as undifferentiated white blobs.  Obviously, I would rather avoid the problems by using bounced light, changing bulbs, or using a dimmer, but sometimes that isn’t possible. What […]

What’s The Best Way Of Minimizing Color Casts When Shooting With Small Flashes?

November 20th, 2016

Peggy in AL asks: Does anyone use the Dem Flip It Cards to avoid color cast in shooting your real estate? I am finding in my area, many condos are full of colorful interiors. I doubt that small articulating Flash reflectors are going to help you avoid picking up color casts from colored walls. Here […]

What is The Preferred Way of lighting Rooms Without Windows?

October 9th, 2016

Vida in Kranj, Slovenia asks: What is your preferred way of lighting rooms without windows? Having elaborate lighting to mimic windows is often impossible due to small spaces and also misleading. Rooms with one strong light overhead are lighted terribly with ugly shadows and colors. Using bounced flash is often flat and just not soft […]

What Should Your Lighting Goal Be When Doing Real Estate Photography

September 21st, 2016

Larry in Philadelphia asks: I have read material on the Photography for Real Estate site, your publication regarding RE photography for realtors, Scott Hargis’  text on lighting and have seen every video that I can find online.  Nearly all of these educational materials talk about the importance of using “bright” photos when shooting for interior real […]

How Can You Improve The Clarity Of The View Through The Windows Of Homes You Shoot?

September 19th, 2016

Susan in Green Bay asked: I am a RE photographer and still struggling with a few things. I am schooled in photography at the community college and really need to make this my career I struggle because I want to be the very best at what I do, and I know that I am not […]