What Are The Best Techniques For Post-exposure Modification of Over-bright Interior Lights?

November 22nd, 2016

Don asked about controlling light from over-bright bulbs:

I wondered what the best techniques are for post-exposure modification of over-bright bulbs, lamps and other fixtures that show up as undifferentiated white blobs.  Obviously, I would rather avoid the problems by using bounced light, changing bulbs, or using a dimmer, but sometimes that isn’t possible. What are the best practices for fixing these problems in Lightroom or Photoshop CC or in camera?

There’s a very effective way of controlling by shooting two exposures. One for the bright bulb and one for the rest of the room. Simon Maxwell, the author of Enfuse and Hand Blending In Photoshop For Real Estate Photography has a tutorial that explains this technique very nicely.

Once you use this technique a few times it is quick and easy. It is faster and easier than changing bulbs!

What Would You Recommend As A Real Estate Photography Camera?

November 21st, 2016

SonyA6000Curt in WA asks:

I have been doing real estate photography for 2 years after 13 years of portraits.

Quick question- I have a 5D MkI. For my next camera, would you recommend mirrorless?

Yes absolutely in the last year my top recommendation for real estate photographers just getting started is the following: Continue Reading »

What’s The Best Way Of Minimizing Color Casts When Shooting With Small Flashes?

November 20th, 2016

reflectorPeggy in AL asks:

Does anyone use the Dem Flip It Cards to avoid color cast in shooting your real estate? I am finding in my area, many condos are full of colorful interiors.

I doubt that small articulating Flash reflectors are going to help you avoid picking up color casts from colored walls.

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Does It Make Any Sense To Use UV Filters On Your DSLR?

November 18th, 2016

Bruce in MN asked about UV filters. He says:

I just bought a Nikkor PC-E 24mm lens and I was wondering which filter is best, a B+W 77mm XS-Pro Clear MRC-Nano or a B+W 77mm XS-Pro UVHaze MRC-Nano 010M Filter?

Obviously, the UV Haze would be better for exterior photography, but when it comes to interiors which is better?

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What Is A Good Way To Host 360 Images For Real Estate In A Tour?

November 17th, 2016

360imagesGeorge in Maryland wants to know how to host 360 images. He says:

I purchased the Theta S in order to capture still 360 degree spherical images at reasonable expense. The captured digital 360 degree images are save as JPEG images.

What can I use to create a slideshow utilizing several of these images that will retain the spherical image attributes AND will allow viewers of the slide show to pause the individual images and navigate them as 360 degree spherical images.

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Starting In Real Estate Photography Without Using Flash

November 16th, 2016

enfuse2Fred in Florida asks:

I am at the very early stages of studying RE photography as a second career. My plan is to start off by shooting lower end homes while I study to acquire the knowledge and skill  for shooting higher end homes. So how important it is to start off using strobes and flashes or can I just get away with using HDR in the beginning?

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How Do You Market To Agents That Have Never Used Professional Photography?

November 15th, 2016

Sign in the sky for 'Your New Career' , concept image for employment related themes.Adam in Wisconsin says:

I live in Door County, Wisconsin, the peninsula north of Green Bay. There are LOTS of million dollar shoreline properties and plenty of upper end homes that sell well. To the best of my knowledge, there are no real estate photographers in the area. However I do see some of the top agents starting to make video tours on their own, but they don’t look that great but shows they are interested in video tours, and possibly professional photography.

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Kelbyone New Release: Getting Started In Real Estate Photography with Thomas Grubba

November 14th, 2016

ThomasGrubbaLast week Kelbyone.com released a new video class by Thomas Grubba titled Getting Started In Real Estate Photography.

In this 2 hour and 36-minute video class, Thomas covers nearly every aspect of getting going in real estate photography. Some of the subjects are:

  1. Lighting and shooting basics.
  2. Post processing basics.
  3. Business aspects of getting started in real estate photography.
  4. Creating a contract that protects your copyright.

I highly recommend Thomas’s video class on KelbyOne! And note that if you are not already subscribed to Kelbyone you can get a free 10-day trial subscription so everyone should be able to take Thomas’s video class!

Oh, and by the way, Thomas is now a PFRE coach. Contact him directly via the PFRE Coaching page.

Take Advantage of Workshops – They Are Few and Far Between!

November 13th, 2016

workshopA few days ago, I talked to Brandon Cooper to see how he and his family were doing. If you recall, earlier this year most of Brandon’s hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta, was consumed by one of the worst forest fires in Canadian history. I was pleased to hear that he and his family are doing very well and, in fact, Brandon is busier than ever, doing 3-5 shoots a day!

I also asked him about the workshop that he and Tony Colangelo delivered last month in British Columbia, Canada. Listening to Brandon’s enthusiasm in talking about all the learning and excitement that happened for folks at their workshop made me think about the value of professional development. Over the years, many people have been asking for this type of workshop but what they really wanted to know is when such a workshop would be held in their city! I keep telling people that to take advantage of these types of learning opportunities, they MUST travel and be willing to spend some money. I know times are tight but Brandon shared a couple of testimonials that really highlighted the value of professional development: Continue Reading »

Hooked On The Idea Of Mirrorless For Real Estate Photography

November 11th, 2016


SonyA6000Logan asked:

I got hooked on the idea of a mirrorless camera after reading about the A6000. I also think the Fuji XT10 would be a great option. The problem is that I have a very small budget. I’ve done real estate photography in the past (with company equipment) but right now I’m doing more graphic design so it is hard to justify a big purchase. It will mostly be a hobby camera right now but want to have the option to use it for real estate in the future. I found a great deal on a used Fuji X100 and I was wondering if any of the wide angle adaptors would be a viable option? I would love to hear your thoughts or any other recommendations you might have.

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Is There A Use For Lightroom Mobile In Real Estate Photography?

November 10th, 2016

lrmobilePeggy in AL was wondering if Lightroom Mobile has a use for post processing in real estate photography.

I use LR Mobile on my iPad Pro and on my iPhone but I don’t use it for real estate work because it doesn’t have the full functionality of desktop Lightroom yet. LR mobile doesn’t have lens corrections and transform features.

Since Wayne Capili told me several weeks ago that he was using and likes Lightroom Mobile I thought I’d get Wayne’s point of view on it. I asked Wayne what he likes about using Lightroom Mobile and his iPad Pro. Here is his list: Continue Reading »

Is The Value Of Volunteer Time Tax Deductible?

November 9th, 2016

A calculator, pen, and financial statement.Jeff in Colorado asks:

I was approached today by an interior designer who has volunteered their time to design a lounge area for a non-profit therapeutic center.  I was thinking about volunteering my photographic services too, but was wondering if I can write it off somehow?

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How Do You Keep Yourself And Camera Out Of Bathroom Mirrors?

November 8th, 2016

mirrorguyMike in Southern CA says:

Okay I have a question for everybody. When shooting a bathroom some of them are covered in mirrors. How do you guys get rid of the camera in the reflection? Or work around it. I hate Photoshopping my camera out of a mirror

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Does Anyone Ever Reshoot A Listing Because They Have Improved?

November 7th, 2016

Brent in WA asks:

I’ve just dipped my feet into Real Estate Photography and am wondering how you feel about past work. The problem is after learning so much I feel guilty about the quality of product provided to past clients. Do you ever go back to a client and tell them you’ve learned new techniques and offer to re-shoot?

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What Is The Best Focal Length For Shooting Interiors?

November 6th, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-8-57-10-pmAaron in OH asked:

Today’s post brought up a question about wide angle lens’ and video that I have. Basically, what is the best focal length for filming video of interiors?

I shoot stills with a Sony A7ii and Sony 10-18 mm (15-27mm FF). I film video with the Osmo Pro (X5) and the Olympus 12mm (24mm FF). I know that you have discussed 24mm being the sweet spot for interiors and I could not agree with that more. Despite how much I educate clients, they always want everything as wide as possible and I work with that as much as possible. I prefer 20mm (FF) for filming and after upgrading from the Osmo x3 (20mm FF) to the x5 I am really missing the loss of 4mm. At 24mm I seem to loose most of the floor and ceiling. The footage between the x3 and x5 is a night and day difference and I know photography and videography is about trade-offs at this point.

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