Archive for the 'Lighting' Category

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 […]

How To Photograph Interiors With Challenging Problems?

August 17th, 2016

Kathy in Maryland asks: Can you give me any pointers on photographing kitchens that have black cabinets and light or white countertops? I just photographed an empty townhouse, that had that and very light colored bamboo flooring open concept main level, yellowish tile and counters and black cabinets, with stainless steel appliances. I also find […]

Doortop Flash Can Save You A Huge Amount Of Time For Small Rooms

August 7th, 2016

In his book, The Essential Guide To Lighting Interiors  Scott Hargis describes a simple but effective technique for using a single manual flash to light small rooms like bathrooms and small bedrooms. Scott has a whole chapter dedicated to explaining all the details and all the variations. By setting the flash on the top of the […]

The Second Edition Of Simon Maxwell’s Enfuse E-book Is Now Available

June 28th, 2016

I’m proud to announce that Simon Maxwell and I have finished the Second Edition of Simon’s e-book that used to be called Enfuse For Real Estate Photography and is now called Enfuse and Hand Blending In Photoshop For Real Estate Photography. We changed the name of the e-book slightly because Simon has added four chapters on the […]

How Do You Use A Flash To Light Interiors?

June 7th, 2016

Rhett asked the following question: Can you tell me what the most popular settings for shooting interiors are? Also, how would you set your flash and would you use a Gary Fong Light sphere? Shooting interiors I usually shoot at f5.6 and white balance in Auto. then set my SB-700 to TTL. What do you think is […]

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 […]