Archive for the 'News' Category

Brandon Cooper And Family Have Evacuated Fort McMurray and Are Safe

May 4th, 2016

I just got off the phone with Tony Colangelo who called me to let me know that Brandon Cooper in Fort McMurray, Alberta was able to get out of Fort McMurray safely with his family, camera gear and the clothes on their back last night. For those of you, that haven’t heard the entire 80,000 […]

Never10 by Steve Gibson Lets You Control When And If You Upgrade To Windows 10

March 29th, 2016

Just recently I had a discussion with Russell in Portland about if there was a performance benefit if he upgraded his Windows 7 machine to Windows 10. I told him I doubted that it would improve his Lightroom or Photoshop performance and he decided he would stick with Windows 7. Apparently there are many Windows […]

New Video Chapter Released For Image Editing For Real Estate Video Series

February 21st, 2016

John McBay has just released a new chapter in the video series, Image Editing for Real Estate Photography. The title of Chapter 32 is “Exposure Fusion & HDR”. Click on the image to the right to view it free from now until March 15, 2016. Chapter 32 consists of three separate videos, altogether totaling almost […]

Zillow Announces A Feature That Allows Agents To Create Walk Through Video On Listings

February 17th, 2016

Joel in Boca Raton, Florida pointed out to me that yesterday (February 16) Zillow announced a new feature that allows listing agents to use the Zillow Smartphone App to shoot a video walkthrough of their listing, edit the video and post it on the Zillow listing. The videos must be less than 2 minutes and […]

Is Front Exterior Shot From South Sydney Australia Listing Misleading?

February 16th, 2016

Today there was a story flying around the net that a front exterior shot used by a listing agent in South Sydney, Australia was misleading. The photo on the top right was used to list the home but the photo on the bottom right is from Google Street View of the listing address. Hmm, do […]

US Drone Owners Must Register With FAA By Feb 19, 2016

December 15th, 2015

Yesterday the FAA announced a web-based registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms including payloads such as onboard cameras. Registration begins on December 21, 2015 and the first 30 days are free. Under this rule, any owner of […]

Great News: NAR is Finally Educating Realtors About Listing Photo Copyright Law

November 26th, 2015

The good news: Finally the US National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is educating Realtors about copyright issues involved with listing photos (see this NAR article). This should have started long ago, but let’s be thankful that they finally realized that photo copyright is an area that agents need education. This is a very significant development […]

Secretary Of Transportation Announces The Start Of Registration Of Drones

October 19th, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) via Seattle Times— The federal government will require many drone aircraft to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near manned aircraft and major sporting events, and […]

Breaking News: Hold Off On Installing The Latest Lightroom Update 6.2

October 9th, 2015

If you haven’t installed it yet, better hold off on installing Lightroom CC 6.2 the update that was released a few days ago. There appear to be a number of stability issues with it. Here some places to follow what’s going on with this issue: Adobe Lightroom forum Apparently there’s an new […]

Special Promotion Going On In September For LightTrac App

August 31st, 2015

The LightTrac App is celebrating its fifth year anniversary. To celebrate, they are announcing a discounted price for the month of September. The App which normally is $4.99 will be $2.99 during September. For those not familiar with LightTrac, it’s App that allows you to see exactly where the sun will be at any address at […]

Have You Updated To Windows10 Yet?

August 9th, 2015

Felix asked: Now that Windows 10 is out, I wondered if you had gotten any feedback from your readers on any issues with the Adobe products? Yes,  I can imagine that a lot of people are wondering about when to update to Windows 10. Here is Adobe’s official statement about Creative Cloud support in Windows […]

Zillow Copyright Suit Charges Zillow Uses Photos Of Sold Properties

July 21st, 2015

Many readers have pointed out that Zillow has been sued by VHT claiming that the home improvement site is violating copyrights on hundreds of real estate photos. John Cook at has an article the summarizes the VHT’s suit against Zillow. The suit alleges that: Zillow uses photographs from homes that are not for […]

Outlandish Lifestyle Luxury Real Estate Marketing Becoming The Norm In Los Angeles Market

July 20th, 2015

Anders in Hawaii and Lee in Texas both pointed out this property video to me last week. This property is marketed by Rayni and Brenden Williams. Also, there’s a LA Times article that featured the video last week and claims that there’s a trend under way: The high competition among agents reflects the rapid and […]

It’s Time To Turn Off Adobe Flash – Twenty Flash Security Vulnerabilities in The Last Week

July 13th, 2015

Update July 15, 2015: Since I did this post, Brian Barrett at Wired wrote the article, Flash. Must. Die. It’s a good summary of the situation. I’ve been planning to do a post on this subject for over a week, when this latest series of Adobe Flash problems started, and I removed Adobe Flash from all of […]

The Perils Of Doing A Twilight Shoot In The Sunshine State

July 1st, 2015

The image to the right is from a twilight shoot that Eric Hilton isn’t likely to forget soon. Here is Eric’s description: I live in the Sarasota/Tampa area (the lightning capital of the nation) and was setting up for an evening shoot with one of my favorite realtors. Today was extremely hot and humid, but […]