Archive for the 'Photo Technique' Category

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 […]

What Is The Single Most Valuable Shot You Can Put On A Listing?

May 9th, 2012

Joanna Michl, who does real estate photography in the Greater Philadelphia Area ask for some feedback on this twilight shot because she says she doesn’t do many twilight shots. First of all, from a marketing point of view, a great twilight exterior shot is the single most valuable photo that you can have on a listing. Steve […]

A Demonstration Video Of High-end Interior Technique By Roger Brooks

November 14th, 2011

Thanks to Harry Lim in Orlando, FL for pointing this video out to me. This is a meticulous demonstration by Roger Brooks, a Architectural and Interior Photographer in Vancouver, BC demonstrating  a lighting/post process layering technique commonly used in high-end Architectural Interior photography. Note that I show it here as an educational illustration of how many Architectural […]

Get A Free Copy of LightTrac For The iPhone/iPad

August 28th, 2011

About 10 months ago when it first came on the market I did a post on the LightTrac iPhone App. The guys from LightTrac saw the post and are now going to give PFRE readers some free copies of LightTrac as a promo for their up coming version 2.2 for the iPhone/iPad. See below on […]

Birdview- Another Shoot From Malibu Photographer/Realtor Mike Gardner

June 15th, 2011

Mike Gardner from Malibu sent me one of his recent shoots of the Birdview Property that overlooks the beach at Malibu. Mike says that on this shoot he bracketed the white balance. That is, on each of the interior shots he made exposures with white balance set for the exterior (windows) and other exposures with […]

Perspective Distortion In Real Estate Photography

June 7th, 2011

A very real issue in real estate photography is perspective distortion. It comes up all the time because real estate photographers use wide angle lenses which are famous for two types of distortion: Barrel distortion: This is a lens defect prominent in ultra-wide zooms where straight lines near the edge of the image are curved. […]

Bracketing With Flash For Exposure Fusion and HDR

August 26th, 2010

I’m amazed by the number of people I talk to that are mixing flash with the bracketing shots they are shooting for Exposure Fusion (Blending in Photomatix) and HDR. Plus I’ve gotten a number of questions asking how to to shoot brackets with flash. The first question is why? What’s the point of using flash […]

Ultra-Wide Lenses Need to Be Used with Restraint

June 20th, 2010

A reader recently told me, “I know you don’t think the 14mm (full frame) lens is suitable for RE work, but I have found that to be quite the opposite! I have the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens (the finest lens I have ever owned hands down for RE work!!) & I use it @ 14mm […]

Shooting Brackets For Exposure Fusion and HDR – Part 2

April 15th, 2010

In Part 1 of this post I showed examples of the fact that three, brackets are not always enough to capture the full dynamic range in a scene. And posed the question, “how do you make sure you capture the full dynamic range?” There are several methods: Shoot more brackets than you need: With this […]