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Congratulations Michael Lefebvre – July PFRE Photographer of the Month

July 23rd, 2017

Congratulations to Mike Lefebvre of Sherborn, MA whom the jury voted the PFRE Photographer of the Month for July! This is Mike’s first win! Here are the entries that the jurors awarded points to this month: Michael Lefebvre Wade Steelman Peggy Parr Wright Julie Legge Garey Gomez Matthew Stallone Andrew Pece

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’s Important When You Choose A Domain Name For Your Business?

April 21st, 2016

Keri in Wichita asks for advertising advice: I’m ready to build a new domain name for my real estate photography. I have KeriPhotography.com But I need a new name that represents the real estate. I have wichitarealestatephotography.com reserved but not sure I like it. Any suggestions? This is a great question! Here are several aspects to […]

Real Estate Photo Licensing For Builders And For Use on Social Media

April 20th, 2016

Carol in Texas asks: My question concerns copyright legalities for Social Media. My agent client wants to post my photos various places, as she can legally do under my Terms and Conditions, so long as it is to market a property.  The Agent client has a partnership with a local high-end home builder and also […]

What Would You Charge To Relicense Listing Photos For A Rental?

April 19th, 2016

Stephanie recently asked the following question: An investor who bought one of my Realtor client’s listings wants to use the photos the Realtor licensed from me (that I took) to advertise the property for rental.  How do you recommend I deal with this?  I would prefer to just charge the investor for the photos, but […]

How Do You Get It Across To Some Realtors That Their Photos Are Awful?

October 18th, 2015

Matt asks: Is there a way to tactfully and respectfully communicate to a real estate agent that you can tell they are taking their own photos, and that they should consider upgrading to professional photography? These photos typically feature converging verticals, overexposed ceilings from flash, and dark secondary rooms (through doorways, etc). When I ask […]

Do Professional Voice Overs In Tours Help Sell Listings?

August 27th, 2015

Rob, a professional narrator, asked the following question: Do professional Voice Overs – when appropriately and strategically placed in a tour – help agents sell their listings faster? Does the voice over compel a buyer and say something different that cannot be captured through our lenses? I’m not talking about a one to two sentence […]

What’s The Best Way to Collect Real Estate Photography Shoot Payments?

August 19th, 2015

Jeff posed the following question: Right now I mostly do a net-30 payment policy with my existing customers, and up-front payment for new clients and “other” (FSBO, rental properties, etc). But I’m wondering if an up-front policy might just be the simplest and best way to handle payments across the board. I like the idea […]

FAA Says You Can’t Post Drone Videos On YouTube

March 13th, 2015

According to an article yesterday on MotherBoard.com the FAA has sent cease and desist orders to: Registered businesses that advertise drone-for-hire services on their websites. UAV operators that post footage on YouTube. Jayson Hanes, a Tampa-based hobbyist is the first to get a letter for posting on YouTube. And if you do not respond to the cease […]

Tell Lawmakers: “Stop discrimination. Defend net neutrality.”

September 9th, 2014

FAA’s Cease-And-Desist Orders To Drone Pilots Are Bogus, Appeals Court Rules

July 18th, 2014

Jason Koebler over at Motherboard.vice.com reported that today three judges with the Washington DC Court of Appeals ruled that, “…Flying drones for search-and-rescue purposes is legal, and all the cease-and-desist orders the government has sent drone pilots are bogus, an appeals court judge ruled today… In other words, because the FAA’s letters to the group (and to all […]

At End Of Day Jun 15: Still Contest Closes and Video Contest Opens

June 13th, 2014

The PFRE still photo contest is closing at the end of the day June 15 and the video contest is open. The June Photographer of the Month will be announced about 6/24. If you are submitting a video for April’s contest please read and follow the contest rules at: photographyforrealestate.net/video-contest/ Here is the general way the contest works: […]

Real Estate Photography Question and Answers

April 29th, 2014

Michael’s Question: We are starting a brand new RE photography business.  What camera and software would you buy, $2500 is my budget.  Answer: The first priority is your wide angle zoom lens: The most popular/best lens is the Canon 10-22mm – $649 A good DSLR to go with it would be 60D or the new 70D – $1199 Lightroom 5 is all you […]

Now Accepting Photos For Jan 2014 PFRE Photographer Of The Month

January 2nd, 2014

OK, we’re ready to launch another year of  PFRE photographer of the month’s contests. Please read the contest rules before submitting your entry. For those not familiar with this series of monthly competitions take a look at the Contest page that describes all the rules and the process. For a look at last years monthly winners […]

What About Being A Real Estate Photographer And A Real Estate Agent

December 15th, 2013

I’ve had quite a few discussions with people concerning some aspect of being both a real estate agent and a real estate photographer. I find when a subject like this pops up out of the blue from a bunch of different people I usually indicate a trend going on. There were four different questions that […]