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Luminar Gets Closer to Being a Lightroom Alternative!

November 19th, 2017

?Back in March of this year, I pointed out that Luminar was on track to becoming an alternative to Adobe Lightroom. Last week, an update for Luminar was released (called Luminar 2018) which adds a lot of features to Luminar. Two key features that real estate photographers need are now in Luminar:

What Has Changed in Real Estate Photography in the Past Couple of Years?

October 29th, 2017

Last week Dave asked: I’ve been away from real estate photography for a  couple of years. I’m curious if there have been notable changes to how people are creating their real estate images. I’m still shooting 3-6 bracketed images and using the fusion (interior) setting in Photomatix (version 5) for jobs that I feel require […]

Lightroom Transform Panel Is Essential Post-Processing Software for Real Estate Photographers

October 18th, 2017

Peter in the UK says: I am trying to streamline my workflow and editing. Currently, the majority of work is done using Lightroom CC on a Mac. My main issue is the “transform” controls in Lightroom. Although this section of the software has automated settings (auto, vertical, etc.), 90% of the time, these fail and […]

Lightroom Presets: A Way to Speed Your Post-Processing

September 14th, 2017

Have you noticed that there are a bunch of things that you do to almost every photo in a shoot? Things like: Enabling lens profile corrections which cause Lightroom to recognize what lens was used and load the lens correction profile for that lens. Reducing Highlights slider Increasing Shadow slider Increasing Clarity slider a bit […]

Are Virtual Dusk Photos Worth Considering as a Real Estate Photography Product?

September 12th, 2017

Today Joanna in PA asked: I’ve been redefining our offerings by creating packages that include pole aerials, drone aerials, and twilights. I noticed that HomeJab is offering virtual dusk photos which are daylight photos processed to look like twilights. It would be an advantage to be able to process photos to look like twilights and […]

The Bottom Line on The Nik Collection by Google

August 29th, 2017

Sharon in Los Angeles asks: What are people doing about the demise of The Nik Collection?  I know many use it for real estate photography but will eventually lose it due to computer updates. First of all, I think it is important to be clear about what has actually happened with the Nik Collection by […]

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?

Lightroom Mobile on a 12.9″ iPad Pro Is Faster than Lightroom CC

August 3rd, 2017

This video by Tony Northrup about Lightroom Mobile running on a 12.9″ iPad Pro is worth 10 minutes of your time. I have the older 12.9″ iPad Pro (not the 2017 model) and the speed of Lightroom Mobile on it is truly amazing! I’m working at getting adept at using Lightroom Mobile and the pen. […]

How to Retouch Interiors in Photoshop

July 16th, 2017

Alex in Florida says: I wanted to share this video from PHLEARN on how to remove distractions from your image in Photoshop (cables, and whatever). He does this example on an interior shot, so it should serve as a good lesson to people who don’t know how to do this.

Why Are There No Lens Profiles for the Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift Lens?

July 13th, 2017

Ron in Texas says: I’ve recently fallen in love with my new Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens but to my chagrin, I see that Lightroom does not have a lens profile for it! Do you know how I can install one or get a custom profile? I’m using CC 2017. The reason you can’t find lens […]

What Is the Best Photo Editor for a Beginning Real Estate Photographer?

July 10th, 2017

Paul asks: I’m an amateur photographer and retired real estate agent. I am thinking of starting a real estate photography business. Can you tell me what is a good starter editing software, but not a monthly subscription? Cyberlink Photodirector and Lightroom were recommended. I think Lightroom is the best way to edit for any real […]

Luminar Is Close to a Replacement for the Nik Collection

July 5th, 2017

Back in March when I first tried out Luminar by Macphun and did a post on how impressed I was with it, I missed one of the most important aspects of Luminar. I’ve now been enlightened by Scott Kelby’s post on LightroomKillertips and his new class on Kelbyone.com on how to use the Luminar plugin for […]

How Many Real Estate Photographers Use a Wacom Tablet?

June 20th, 2017

Sharon in LA asked: I’m wondering how many people use a tablet to edit real estate images vs. a mouse.  I am thinking of Wacom medium tablet and would love some feedback from readers. A reader asked this same question about two years ago. At the time I didn’t use a Wacom tablet. I was […]

Google Abandons the Nik Collection

June 11th, 2017

Everett in LA says: I am contemplating replacing my old iMac and I have discovered that the newer operating systems OS 11 & 12, may no longer support Nik Software. Is there anyone who could explain a possible work around so that I could still use this software which saves so much time and is […]

Delivering a Dramatic Twilight Exterior Shot Doesn’t Necessarily Require a Special Trip to the Property

May 21st, 2017

Rob in Boston sent me an interesting example. He says: Don’t underestimate the value of sky replacement. And for $4, an out of country processor I use from time to time created the “day to dusk” image(to the right). From dreary drab to money shot! I charge clients $50 for a day to dusk conversion like […]