Archive for the 'Photo Editing' Category

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 virtuallystagedrooms.com. 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 […]

What Kind Of Computer Do Real Estate Photographers Need?

March 24th, 2016

Last week Lee in Seattle asked the following: I need to upgrade to a newer computer. Help, please, with advice on starting point for basic choices? 1. Which Windows computer model is ideal for PFRE image processing and management Windows or Mac? 2. Regardless, are there any guidelines for minimal hardware configuration, processor, RAM, hard […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Shoot In Rainy Weather?

March 16th, 2016

Both Dave in Seattle and Trevor in Orlando ask about canceling shoots in rainy weather. Dave said: I have what’s becoming a serious problem in my business and wondered if you’d encountered it, since you lived and worked up here for so long. And how did you handle it? Many of the brokers in this […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Handle Empty Homes?

March 15th, 2016

Timothy in Indiana asks: I am very new to the art of real estate photography and photography in general for that matter. At the moment I am just shooting some homes for realtor friends when I get the chance simply for the experience. My question is how to handle empty homes. What are the do’s […]

How Can You Reduce The Amount Of Time Spent Post-Processing?

March 8th, 2016

Robert recently asked: I am wondering if there has been a discussion about ways to improve post processing workflow and reduce the amount of time spent in front of the computer. I typically shoot 30+ photos for each of my agents’ listings and I find it takes me about 2 hours to edit/process a shoot […]

Adobe Camera RAW 9.4 Boundary Warp Feature Fills In Panorama Edges

February 11th, 2016

Thanks to Larry Gray for pointing out that the new version of Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) has a nifty new feature called “Boundary Warp”. Previously, you had to crop out much of the edges on a panorama after using the Photos-Merge-Panoramic feature, losing some detail. With Boundry Warp, you can use the Boundary Warp slider […]

Help Create A PFRE Trusted Post-Processing Vendor List

January 14th, 2016

This week I’ve had discussions with Andre in Toronto and Anil in Dehli about creating a list of recommended post-processing vendors. Anil said, “I suggest adding a list of trusted overseas real estate photo retouchers on your website“. For years, I’ve been resisting the whole subject of outsourcing because I don’t do it and there are […]