Archive for the 'Photo Equipment' Category

What Lens Do You Use For Your Sony A7s?

September 15th, 2016

Mike in Maryland asks: I am interested in the A7s for video of homes. I am new to video and currently shoot stills with a Nikon D4 (too heavy for video).  The A7s seems to get very favorable feedback regarding low light and general picture quality. Can someone help me with recommendation of a wide […]

Is The New Canon 5DMkIV for You?

August 29th, 2016

Normally I don’t do posts on camera gear unless there some feature that is important for real estate photography. But I decided that I need to bring up the new generation of Canon 5D’s that was announced last Thursday (August 25). Not that the 5DMkIV has any features that make it super significant for real […]

Samsung T3 Portable SSDs – Fast, Small and Very Portable

July 21st, 2016

Have you noticed how the size of external SSD drives has been dropping? About a year ago I started switching to Lacie external SSD drives (Memory that just look like disk drives) because they are so fast and they don’t require their own power. They are just powered off their USB or Thunderbolt cable. A couple […]

Is It Possible To Get By Shooting Interiors With Just A 24mm Effective Lens?

July 19th, 2016

Rima in London asked the following: I am a freelance wedding photographer. I am currently trying to get into photographing properties to increase my income. I have a full frame Nikon D610 body with a 24-70mm lens. Is it possible get by shooting interiors with the 24-70mm? A new wide angle zoom lens is not […]

Getting Started In Real Estate Photography For The Least Cost

July 14th, 2016

This subject has been one of the most popular subjects here on the PFRE blog for many years. Here is what I used to recommend. But over the last year or so things have changed. I feel the need to rewrite my recommendations. Here are the ground rules: Don’t fool around with SmartPhones or non-interchangeable […]

My Initial Impressions Of My New Sony A6300

July 13th, 2016

About a month ago just as we were leaving for a week’s vacation in Eastern Oregon the UPS guy brought me a new Sony A6300. Wayne Capili and so many others have been reporting great things about all the new Sony mirrorless cameras I decided I needed to get with it and try one out. The […]

How Do You Control Wonky Color Casts From LR/Enfuse?

July 11th, 2016

Andy recently asked the following question about using the LR/Enfuse process: Am finding still results from Nikon FX cameras using Enfuse a little wonky on the color casts. I’m wondering if you have suggestions of how to address this issue? A colleague shoots Canon and gets better color rendering using LR/Enfuse. I’ve never used a […]

Is There A Cheaper Alternative To The CamRanger?

June 19th, 2016

Daniel recently said: This might be a good alternative to a CamRanger at a cheaper price:  https://alpinelaboratories.com/pages/pulse. I’ve evaluated several apparent alternatives to the CamRanger. But what I find is the gear I’ve tried that is $80 and $125 is in my opinion junk. I think what it boils down to is that to create […]

How Do You Protect Against Image Lost From A Memory Card Failure?

May 29th, 2016

Aubrey asks: Do you have any secrets for auto backup of photos while you are taking them images? Do you or anyone you know use a wifi sd cards? It sounds like you had a memory card failure or you are concerned about having one. I think the only practical way to backup your images as […]

What Is The Best Focal Length For Shooting Interiors?

May 26th, 2016

Annie in Idaho says: I have been shooting real estate for about 4 years and currently shoot with the Canon 5DMkII and 5DMkIII. But the lens I have been using is the Tamron 10mm-24mm. When zooming to about 14mm there is serious vignetting. I like this focal length but its time to upgrade since the […]

Triggering LumoPro LP180R and Cowboy Studio Mettle Flashes

April 14th, 2016

Scott asks: I’m an experienced pro who is looking to put together the equipment to do real estate photography. I plan on picking up the Sony A6000 and for lighting plan on using a few LumoPro LP180R flashes with a built-in radio receiver, along with couple of CowboyStudio Dual Power AC/DC 110v Mettle 600W flash […]

What Is The Best Camera and Lens Combination For Real Estate Photography?

April 10th, 2016

I got a very challenging question from Annette in Pennsylvania: I was searching your site for advise on the which is the best camera and lens combination for the highest quality images. I am in the $5000 and under price range. I will be doing Video in the future but want to produce the highest […]

How Has Your Upgrade To Windows 10 Gone?

April 7th, 2016

Michael says: Inevitably it looks like all PC users are going to have to upgrade to Windows 10. I was wondering if those in the group that have upgraded would share their experience and what previous version they upgraded from? Yes, Michael is right, Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10! As I mentioned […]

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 […]

Could You Get By Shooting Interiors With Just A 24mm Tilt-shift Lens?

February 28th, 2016

Patrick recently asked: I LOVE my 24mm pc lens but when I try to use it to shoot an entire listing I find I am having to compromise the composition in certain situations. I end up going back to my car and getting my 14-24mm. Thoughts? I can certainly identify with that. Although I’ve never […]