Archive for the 'Photo Technique' Category

Shooting Twilight Exteriors For Real Estate

September 29th, 2015

Andy asked the following question: I did some shots for free a few weeks ago and I wanted to do “twilight” shots so I went to the house at night. The street lights turned on and the whole picture pretty much turned yellow because I was doing a slow exposure (the color of the street […]

Were All The Winning Photos In The July Contest Shot With Only Natural Light?

July 26th, 2015

Francesca asked a great question about the 5 winners in the July PFRE photo contest: I enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures of the 5 winners and noticed that none of the photos was taken using artificial light. I always heard that you need to turn all the lights on before taking a photo. As […]

Your Computer Is An Important Part Of A Real Estate Photographer’s Photo Equipment

July 7th, 2015

Tim recently brought up the following: Thank you for all the advice and help that you offer on your site. I am thinking of upgrading my computer system. I currently have Windows but know that most photographers use Apple. I really have two questions: 1. Even though I am heavily invested in PC. Should I […]

Three Classic Problems New Real Estate Photographers Need To Deal With

July 6th, 2015

I got a question from John, a professional photographer wedding and portraiture photographer that asked: I upgraded my camera from a D-90 to a D7100 and I still get this reddish brown color cast in a lot of interiors. I have tried adjusting color balance to the flash mode or sunlight mode instead of A (auto […]

How Can You Make Sure Your Real Estate Photography Clients Get The Shots They Want?

May 7th, 2015

Pierre says: I regularly have clients who ask me after I deliver my photos if I have a “different angle” of this or that. This has caused me to often re-shoot the particular angle they wanted and it’s costing me time and money. I have tried to touch base at the beginning of a session […]

What’s Important For Real Estate Front Exterior Shots?

May 3rd, 2015

Recently Omar asked: What can I do to improve my exterior shots? Good to hear you are aware of the importance of exterior shots. In my time working with my wife listing homes it was very clear that exterior shots are the single most important photo of the listing photo set. The exterior shot is always […]

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 ( 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 […]