Archive for the 'Lighting' Category

What Can I do To Improve The Quality Of My Interior Images?

April 11th, 2016

This is a follow on post from yesterday. It turns out that Annette in Pennsylvania already has some of the best real estate shooting gear you can get (Canon 6D with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II). So her real question was , “what can I do to improve the quality of interior images?” My answer to […]

What Are The Pros and Cons of Using Big Lights For Real Estate Photography?

April 5th, 2016

Jennifer recently asked about lights bigger than small flashes. She said: I’m seeing many FB posts in RE Photography groups where many RE photographers are starting to use more powerful flashes (N-Flash, Profoto B1, Flashpoint Streak Light etc.) I do feel that I could use more power than I’m getting from my speed lights and […]

What Are Your Secrets For Getting Great Window Pull?

March 21st, 2016

Rob Moreno in Boston wants to know if anyone is willing to disclose their secrets for getting great window pull in any room. Rob says: I can create some half-way decent window pulls, but there are times when I can’t seem to get it spot on. This is particularly challenging when I have a larger […]

Scott Hargis Now Has A Real Estate Photography Class On

March 7th, 2016

The following is a post by Scott Hargis explaining his new and expanding real estate photography lighting class on A few months ago the Content and Production people at contacted me about producing videos for Real Estate photography. I’m pleased to announce today that we’ve sketched out a roadmap for a series of […]

Using High-Speed Sync Feature of Godex/Newer Flash Triggers

January 25th, 2016

This is a guest post by Walt Simpson of Orlando, Florida. Recently I discovered a technique using some new triggers. I currently shoot with a Nikon D800 and use the Godox/Neewer TT850 Flashes and ST-16s transmitter/receivers. Neewer TT850 *LI-ION BATTERY* Flash Speedlite with FT-16S Wireless Flash Triggers And LI-ION BATTERY Car Charger. This is a […]

How Do You Deal With Mixed Color Temperatures In Interiors Photography?

January 7th, 2016

John wants to know: How others fix white balance issues on white ceilings. Color casting from adjacent walls, interior lights of varied temperatures and some sunlight all make for a challenging fix. I have been adjusting by using local adjustments brush on the ceilings and using WB tool, a little desaturation and increasing brightness. Wondering […]

Interior Lighting With Multiple Strobes: By Scott Hargis

December 3rd, 2015

Note: this was originally posted on PFRE July 23, 2007. First of all, I need to point out that this is Scott Hargis’s post. Like many of you I’ve been admiring the way Scott uses a hand full of strobes to light a room to look like an Architectural Digest shoot and still keep the […]

What Can Real Estate Photographers Do To Control The Color Problems When Shooting HDR?

October 4th, 2015

Soo recently asked: I am a real estate agent and photographer. I like to do my own photos and I have a Nikon D750 with a 16-35mm lens. I use Photomatix for HDR for the convenience and Photoshop to edit. However, I have never learned how to get rid of the yellow color cast nicely […]

Do You Change Light Bulbs To Control White Balance?

October 1st, 2015

Dwayne sent me this lighting tip that cost less than $10. The two photos to the right are examples of what changing light bulbs can do. Dwayne says: A bulb in my office ceiling fan burned out so I ran down to the store and bought 2 new LED’s so I would never have to […]

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 […]

In Real Estate Interior Photography, A Kiss Of Flash Makes A Big Difference

September 16th, 2015

Yesterday Scott K asked the following question: I stumbled into interior photography by enjoying photography as a whole and then accepting a position as an interior photographer from an individual I met out one evening in February of this year. This site has been go-to for me when questions arise, and there have been quite […]

Combining a Flash Layer(s) With a Ambient Layer For a Real Estate Interior Photo

August 26th, 2015

You may have noticed that more and more real estate photographers who post in the PFRE photo forum describe the technique they used as blending a flash layer with an ambient layer (like anjie b). Also, you will frequently see this technique used in winning photos in the PFRE monthly photo contest (like Anders Carlson). […]

Were All The Winning Photos In The July Contest Shot With Only Natural Light?

July 26th, 2015

Francesca asked a great question about the 5 winners in the July PFRE photo contest: I enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures of the 5 winners and noticed that none of the photos was taken using artificial light. I always heard that you need to turn all the lights on before taking a photo. As […]

Fantastic Frank in Stockholm and Berlin – A Model For Real Estate Marketing

June 21st, 2015

Ernie in Los Angeles last week said: I’m a Realtor here in Los Angeles. Since I’ve been a Realtor I’ve used only professional photography in each and every listing. I’m a huge fan of the European real estate firm Fantastic Frank and their amazing photography. I guessed it could be called editorial magazine style. I’m […]

How Do I Photograph A Wine Cellar In The Basement With Very Little Light?

March 26th, 2015

Robert asked the following question: I have a photo shoot coming up and the house has a quint wine cellar – 10×18 in size, wine racks and bottles, etc. There is etched glass on the entrance door and etched glass for the large front glass planes. The wine cellar is located in the basement of […]