Archive for the 'Photo Technique' Category

How To Do Basic Twilight Exterior Real Estate Shots

June 26th, 2016

Rhett recently asked: I was wondering if you have anything on doing exterior nighttime photography. settings etc. I use a Nikon d7000 and a tripod but need some good settings to capture great photos. What times do you usually like to capture photos? Doing twilight exterior shots is super important in real estate because a twilight […]

How Do You Use A Flash To Light Interiors?

June 7th, 2016

Rhett asked the following question: Can you tell me what the most popular settings for shooting interiors are? Also, how would you set your flash and would you use a Gary Fong Light sphere? Shooting interiors I usually shoot at f5.6 and white balance in Auto. then set my SB-700 to TTL. What do you think is […]

What Role Does Cloud Backup Have In Backing Up Your Photos?

May 3rd, 2016

Lee in Washington asks about Amazon Web Services S3: I began looking at the Amazon Web Services S3 product.  However, the maze of individual pricing elements is daunting, so it’s difficult to just get a simple, quick answer to the question:  “What might be a typical, or example annual cost for photographers to use AWS3 for […]

Architectural Photographer Breaking into Real Estate Photography?

April 13th, 2016

Terry in Georgia who has been doing architectural photography for 20 years says: I am an architectural photographer, and would like to break into real estate photography. When I shoot a property for an architect I might spend all day shooting 5-6 images, but with RE photography, I know time and speed are of the […]

How to Avoid or Fix Moiré Patterns

April 4th, 2016

Rob asks about moiré patterns in his photo to the right: My RE photography is taking me to some interior design photography and I’m obtaining some moire affect. See the photo to the right. My gear is a Canon 6D with f 2.8 “L” lens. This particular photo was a two exposure set up….one ambient […]

What Kind Of Exposure Accuracy Should You Expect From A Chimp?

April 3rd, 2016

Brandon brought up the following issue last week: I’ve noticed that most photographers these days seem to prefer “chimping” exposures over using a light meter (Mike Kelley and Scott Hargis both mention their preference for this in their video materials). While this makes sense to me, especially in real estate photography with digital equipment, I […]

The Evolution Of Real Estate Photography Over The Last 10 Years

December 16th, 2015

Mike in Tennessee requested a discussion of the following: I believe that we can’t change our future unless we have an understanding of our past. I don’t recall ever seeing any sort of discussion on how real estate photography has evolved or matured.  I know there are aspects of what I do now almost totally different […]

How To Deal With Small Bathrooms On A Real Estate Shoot

October 20th, 2015

Bill in Southern California recently asked: Helping an agent complete her interior decorating in a 2 bed/2-bath mid-century newly remodeled home earned me the invitation to shoot it for her upcoming listing. Searching through the PFRE blog postings, I couldn’t find anything on how to shoot problematic spaces like the REALLY small 5′ x 8′ […]

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 […]