Archive for the 'Photo Technique' Category

Thomas Grubba Reviews Real Estate Photos on Scott Kelby’s The Grid Podcast

October 24th, 2016

I got an email this last week from Thomas Grubba telling me about his appearance on KelbyTV with Scott Kelby reviewing real estate photography. The podcast is 87 minutes long but is well worth your time. Thomas critiques a bunch of real estate shots and Scott Kelby tries to make fixes to the photos while […]

What is The Preferred Way of lighting Rooms Without Windows?

October 9th, 2016

Vida in Kranj, Slovenia asks: What is your preferred way of lighting rooms without windows? Having elaborate lighting to mimic windows is often impossible due to small spaces and also misleading. Rooms with one strong light overhead are lighted terribly with ugly shadows and colors. Using bounced flash is often flat and just not soft […]

What Is Good Interior Photography Suppose To Look Like?

October 5th, 2016

Larry in Pennsylvania asked: Nearly all the nice photos I see on the Flickr site are constructed by “brushing in ambient (blending layers). Rick Baum has a number of YouTube videos which show the “process” of him brushing in the ambient to his flash layer in order to get rid of unwanted shadows or to […]

What Are Tips And Tricks For Shooting Pools?

September 29th, 2016

Tim in Palm Springs wants to know: I am looking for tips and tricks to shooting swimming pools (both at dusk with lights on and during the day for pools with no lights).  I searched the PFRE site but couldn’t seem to find anything.

How Can You Improve The Clarity Of The View Through The Windows Of Homes You Shoot?

September 19th, 2016

Susan in Green Bay asked: I am a RE photographer and still struggling with a few things. I am schooled in photography at the community college and really need to make this my career I struggle because I want to be the very best at what I do, and I know that I am not […]

How To Get More Depth of Field On An Interior Shot

September 12th, 2016

Recently Tim asked: I shoot 360 degree virtual tours.  I shoot f8 @ 200.  How can I increase my depth of field? I just so happens I was watching a video on Architectural photography by Richard Klein and he illustrated focus stacking on an interior shot. Since I like Macro photography, I’ve done this on Macro […]

What Can Be Done To Prevent Black Windows In Daylight Exterior Shots?

September 7th, 2016

Last week William in Florida asked the following: I wanted to share a picture (photo to the right) and ask your opinion on it. Lately I have noticed that when I’m taking outside pictures during the day, my windows are very dark, even with the lights on inside, it does not seem to help or […]

Dealing With Street Lights When Shooting Twilight Exterior Shots?

September 1st, 2016

Andy in California asks: I’m curious to see what are people do for Twilight shots when the street lights are on? Sometimes the street lights turn on before it even gets dark and ruin my shot. The whole scene becomes really orange, and there is no way I can fix it even in post production […]

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 […]