Archive for the 'Photo Technique' Category

How Do I Photograph A Wine Cellar In The Basement With Very Little Light?

March 26th, 2015

Robert asked the following question: I have a photo shoot coming up and the house has a quint wine cellar – 10×18 in size, wine racks and bottles, etc. There is etched glass on the entrance door and etched glass for the large front glass planes. The wine cellar is located in the basement of […]

Announcing The Enfuse For Real Estate Photography Video Series

March 1st, 2015

Simon Maxwell and I are pleased to announce the release of Simon’s new video series entitled Enfuse For Real Estate Photography. Click here or on the image to the right to watch Simon’s introduction to the video series. We have created a new website (EnfuseForRealEstatePhotography.com) just for the purpose of delivering this streaming video series.  So […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Handle Window Blinds?

February 24th, 2015

Today Kelly asked me: How do most real estate photographers handle window blinds? Do they raise them all the way up to let in more light and show the view? Open them at an angle? Open them completely but not raise them? I think It’s impossible to make any blanket statement about what to do with […]

The Photographers Ephemeris Updated to 3.0

February 19th, 2015

For those of you that don’t use TPE (The Photographers Ephemeris, $8.99 by Crookneck Consulting) or a similar application or website to plan your exterior shoots, Simon Maxwell’s video tutorial from a couple of years ago explains how and why you’d want a application like this for exterior architectural or real estate shots. For planning twilight […]

Do You Use Manual Or AutoFocus When Shooting Real Estate?

February 8th, 2015

Diana recently asked a great question: I am racking my brain this morning trying to figure out some settings on my new camera and was hoping you could easily answer this for me as I’ve spent a few hours on my own frustrated. So I currently shoot with a Canon 70D which I’ve loved but […]

Does Anyone Have A Great Way For Color Matching A Room While Maintaining Warmth?

December 30th, 2014

Brad wants to know: We photograph many homes for interior decorators and color matching is a must. The wall color, carpet, pillows and furniture. An interior decorator goes through a great deal trying to color match various components of a room and we as photographers try to recreate the image on paper or digital images. […]

Reader Questions About Shooting Rentals and North Facing Homes

November 19th, 2014

Jason’s Question:  What is the best way to shoot exteriors that have lots of shadows or in complete shadow due to the front-side facing North? Answer: I would say do a twilight shoot. At twilight North facing vs South Facing doesn’t make much difference. Problem is of course this takes an extra trip or a very carefully […]

Another Alternative For Building A Door Top Flash Holder

October 5th, 2014

What’s a door top flash holder? If you’ve purchased Scott Hargis’s Lighting Interior book, subscribed to his video series or been to one of Scott’s workshops you’ll remember that the Basic Bedroom lighting setup involves a flash sitting on top of the door aimed back at the corner or wall. And if you’d used this setup for […]

How To Improve Exterior Shots In A City Environment

March 3rd, 2014

Rich in Philly sent me the following last week: I live just outside of Philadelphia, most of my Real Estate Photography work is in the city. I shoot a lot of apartment condos and renovated row homes. Thanks to your blog and Scott Hargis’s tutorials, I am coming into my own as far as interior […]

What Does Quality Real Estate/Interior Photography Look Like?

February 26th, 2014

It occurred to me that if you look at the compilation of photos that have won the PFRE monthly photo contest there are some important lessons to be learned. The reason this compilation of photos is important is because they are by some of the best interior photographers and they are carefully judged and selected […]

LightTrac Is Now Available On Windows 8

January 8th, 2014

We’ve covered the expanding use of LightTrac through the last few years. LightTrac is an app that helps you figure out the details of what the light is going to be doing at any given time and location. This can be a big help at getting great exterior shots of a property. LightTrac has been […]

Simple Choices Of Lens And POV Can Make A Huge Difference In An Image

August 4th, 2013

Scott Hargis sent me an example of two front exterior shots he did of a property he shot with different lenses and different POV that at first glance look the same, but on closer study show a completely different background. What’s going on here? Has he modified the background? I’ll let Scott explain: Back in […]

Choosing The Plane of Sharp Focus In An Interiors Image

June 25th, 2013

You may have noticed that our man in London (Simon Maxwell) just added  a new tutorial to the PFRE SiMAX Channel on how to go about deciding how to focus when you are shooting interiors. You many have never even thought about this subject since when you are using a wide-angle lens it’s hard to even […]

SunCalc.net A Free Alternative To The LightTrac App

April 30th, 2013

Thanks to Aric Boyles for pointing out this awesome little piece of Javascript goodness by Vladimir Agafonkin of Kiev. Note, I’m talking about Vladimir’s SunCalc.net webpage, not the IOS App that is similar for $.99. For those that are not familiar with LighTrac, it’s an IOS/Android App that will show you what the sun angle […]

Shooting And Retouching A Paris Hotel Room By Serge Ramelli

April 10th, 2013

Thanks to Ron Sprouse for pointing out this awesome video by Serge Ramelli. Don’t be intimidated by the fact it is 22 minutes long. It is well worth 22 minutes. Serge does a fantastic job of walking you through how he shoots and retouches a shot of a hotel room in Paris. Note that the […]