Archive for the 'Photo Editing' Category

How Do You Keep Yourself And Camera Out Of Bathroom Mirrors?

November 8th, 2016

Mike in Southern CA says: Okay I have a question for everybody. When shooting a bathroom some of them are covered in mirrors. How do you guys get rid of the camera in the reflection? Or work around it. I hate Photoshopping my camera out of a mirror

How To Fix Randomly Disconnecting Bluetooth Devices

October 14th, 2016

Mike in TN asked for help solving his Bluetooth keyboard disconnect problems. He says: Sometimes switching to PS from LR, I will lose the use of my keyboard. Sometimes, by selecting another tool will restore my keyboard, but even switching back to LR my keyboard will still be useless. The only solution is restarting my […]

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 […]

When Is The Best Time To Do White Balance Adjustment Before or After Bracket Processing?

August 8th, 2016

Peggy asked the following question: I have just recently purchased the book on Enfuse and Hand Blending in Lightroom.  Lots of good information in here for persons new to RE photography.  My only question is, for those of you who use the Enfuse Plugin, do you do your white balance on each shot before Enfuse […]

How Many Real Estate Photographers Use Non-Adobe Photo-Editing Applications?

July 20th, 2016

Peggy is struggling with what photo editing application to use for real estate photography. She says: Are there any real estate photographers looking at Aftershot Pro 3 as a contender for Lightroom? I am not a big fan of having to work outside of my existing file structure.  I am just starting out in RE […]

Does Virtual Twilight Processing Make Sense For Real Estate Photographers?

July 17th, 2016

Last week a reader asked an interesting question: I recently found a service some companies are providing Realtors called ‘Virtual Twilight’ Photography. Instead of going out and shooting at dusk they post process the daylight photos for the Twilight effect. I’ve looked all over the Internet and the PFRE blog but can’t seem to find […]

Manual Exposure Blending With Photoshop

July 10th, 2016

Last week Andi, a beginning photographer in Australia, asked me to identify what technique one of his competitors was using. It didn’t look like an ambient shot, it looked a little like flash but not completely. It was clearly flash and ambient blend. Some call it exposure blending in Photoshop. You will see people in […]

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 […]

Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6 – With New Guided Upright Feature

June 10th, 2016

This last Wed there was an update to Lightroom that has a new feature called Guided Upright that is useful to real estate photographers. It also has some changes to the Lens Corrections and Transform panels. Nothing earth shaking but a nice refinement for making vertical and horizontal corrections. Laura Shoe has a good explanation of these features. […]

What Color Space Do You Deliver Real Estate Agents For Digital Printing?

June 1st, 2016

Nina recently asked the following: What color space people are using for their images: sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto? Do they convert images to CMYK for realtors to print and/or sRGB versions for web if necessary? Various kinds of printers sometimes result in bizarre color shifts or oversaturate images on flyers. One realtor I work with […]

Be Careful, It’s Possible To Physically Misrepresent A Property With Sky Replacement

May 30th, 2016

Randy makes a great point: I’ve been doing sky replacements on homes shot on days when the sky is just not exciting to look at or it was a real dreary day, and needs some big billowy clouds overhead. I recently have noticed photographers offering twilight conversions where daytime skies are being replaced with beautiful […]

Do You Offer Virtual Staging As A Product With Your Real Estate Photography?

May 15th, 2016

I recently had a conversation with Marcus from Marcus was taking issue about some of the things I’ve said on the blog in past posts about virtual staging. Marcus made the following arguments: …We use our own system to create beautiful looking furniture in the homes or listings of those empty properties, or we […]

Here’s A Way To Post-process And Shoot At The Same Time!

May 9th, 2016

Updated May 13: See bottom of post. Craig came up with an interesting idea for doing post processing but he needs some help coming up with a way practical way to implement it. Here is the idea: I am trying to lessen my workload and help a friend who has good photoshop skills but is […]

How to Avoid or Fix Moiré Patterns

April 4th, 2016

Rob asks about moiré patterns in his photo to the right: My RE photography is taking me to some interior design photography and I’m obtaining some moire affect. See the photo to the right. My gear is a Canon 6D with f 2.8 “L” lens. This particular photo was a two exposure set up….one ambient […]

What Kind Of Exposure Accuracy Should You Expect From A Chimp?

April 3rd, 2016

Brandon brought up the following issue last week: I’ve noticed that most photographers these days seem to prefer “chimping” exposures over using a light meter (Mike Kelley and Scott Hargis both mention their preference for this in their video materials). While this makes sense to me, especially in real estate photography with digital equipment, I […]