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Example Of Property Video Shot With A GoPro Hero5

November 2nd, 2016

Peter in Ojai, CA wanted to do a follow up on the post a couple of weeks ago. Peter says: I tested the GoPro 5 that was just introduced 2 Oct that I had to buy for a completely different type of job on a property I was covering with stills. I wanted to test […]

Does A Wide-Angle Converter Make Sense For Real Estate Photography?

October 28th, 2016

Yvonne just asked the following: I hope to be photographing real estate properties for sale in early 2017.  I have a question regarding wide-angle lenses. I have read a lot of your posts, responses and reviewed your list of suggested lenses.  My current budget is low and I wonder what your thoughts are on the 52MM […]

Are There Advantages to Using CamRanger Over Built-in DSLR WiFi Apps?

October 4th, 2016

Sanjay in India asks: What are the advantages of using a CamRanger for tethering instead of using the inbuilt wifi in Canon 5DMKIV which you can use to transfer images wireless to your laptop or to your Smartphone or iPad. My understanding (I don’t use a camera with WiFi but do use CamRanger on my 5DMKII) of […]

Does A GoPro Make Sense For Someone Starting To Shoot Property Video?

October 2nd, 2016

Stuart asks: I was considering upgrading my Canon EOS 5D to the Mark III so that I could take videos. I then came across the GoPro system. I would like to know if anyone uses a Go Pro for videos, and any shortcomings, recommendations that other members might have. I think you are right for […]

How Do Photographers Handle Fog On Lenses In A Humid Environment?

September 20th, 2016

Peggy on the Alabama Gulf Coast asks: How do you all handle fog on your lenses? I have some extreme temps here from interior to exterior, and this am I was shooting some turbulent skies and my camera fogged up. I cleaned the viewfinder, lense and LCD but it fogs up on the interior. Is […]

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 […]