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Control Small Flashes with Your SmartPhone

August 18th, 2017

I knew this was coming sooner or later. Smart phones have amazing cameras and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to do everything and more with your SmartPhone that you can do with your DSLR. This little guy will be available on August 25 for $70. I’m still waiting for a wide angle […]

How to Control Reflections on Walls Produced by Flashes

August 17th, 2017

Polina in Florida asks: How does everyone deal with light reflections on the walls that come from the mirrors or glass doors on the opposite walls and produced when using flash? Do you control it at the shoot somehow or there is a good trick to edit these big lighter spots on the walls?

How Can You Determine if Your Interior Images Are Properly Exposed while on Site?

August 6th, 2017

Ryan in California asks: I was wondering how you would suggest I shoot a whole house without editing until I get home. Currently I have to retake shots after editing on site after making sure they are exposed correctly. Should I shoot bracketed shots from the dark to light? Like 9 shots total for each […]

Tips for Shooting a Log House Great Room

July 25th, 2017

Brad in Idaho says: I would love some specific advice on one room of a house. It’s a gigantic “great room” and very very dark. There is also a large emphasis on the view. I shot it last year before I knew how to use multiple flashes and was still doing HDR. I was very […]

Why You Can’t Use Auto Exposure Bracketing When Using a Flash

July 11th, 2017

Ron in Northern California says: I love your resource here. I have a Canon 5D MKIII with 600EX-RT speedlite and ST-E3-RT trigger. I’ve been shooting for a couple of months using brackets and Lightroom HDR. I had some color consistency issues and after reading some your posts on using a manual flash I added flash […]

Is Anyone Using the SL-360 StreakLight for Real Estate Photography?

July 4th, 2017

Steven in South Jersey asks: I am looking at a Flashpoint 360 and wondered if any other readers use one for real estate? I will soon be shooting with a Sony A7 Mark III and continue to use my Nikon with the latest SB flash can I get the nikon to function as a slave […]

How Do You Light a Long Deep Interior Space?

June 29th, 2017

Roy in Los Angeles says: This has been plaguing me for a long time now and I guess I have just been editing my way around this sometimes blending multiple brackets: How does one shoot a long, deep interior space (condo or apt) that has an outside view at the far end (large window, terrace, […]

Alternatives for Putting Your Flash on a Door Top

June 27th, 2017

Bob who purchased Lighting Interiors said: One bit of advice in the book that bothered me was the suggestion to balance flashes from the tops of doors. I’ve attached my alternative in case you are in a mood for a DIY solution. (See image to the right) Bob, you are the latest of a long […]

How Do You Use a Flash to Light Interiors?

June 18th, 2017

Jan in Florida asked: Can you tell me what the most popular settings for shooting interiors are? Shooting interiors I usually shoot at f5.6 and white balance in Auto and set my SB-700 to TTL.

Do You Shoot with Interior Lights on or Off?

May 25th, 2017

Brent in the Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia area asks: Lately I’ve been shooting with the interior lights off but have noticed the rooms look a bit less inviting. I’m trying the “lightless” method because so many fixtures are missing light bulbs, or they were all different hues, or the color casts were crazy and required extra […]

Where Can You Find Slik SDV-20 Tripods to Use as Lightstands?

April 18th, 2017

My old friend George in LA asks: In his Lighting Interiors book, Scott Hargis advocates using Slik SDV-20 tripods for holding the flash guns, but they do not make them anymore. What is a replacement that you guys recommend?

How Do Real Estate Photographers Deal With Dark Colored and High Gloss Walls?

April 7th, 2017

Rich in South Carolina asked: Shot a higher end house the other day and encountered a tough scenario: black walls, dark wood, lots of windows. Any tips or tricks for shooting black walls? Flashes were doing very little at full power. Also in the same house, high gloss red paint! I left the flashes in the […]

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 […]