North Carolina, Formerly of “First in Flight” Fame, Has Criminalized All Commercial Drone Use

October 1st, 2014

BrendanTweetI ran across Brendan Schulman’s tweet this morning while drinking my morning coffee. Brendan is the NYC attorney that is representing Raphael Pirker as well as many other legal cases involving small UAVs. Brendan’s tweet says it all.

Even though, Brendan is a very reliable source, I spent a fair amount time today trying to research and understand this new NC law. I talked to one very prominent professional videographer in NC and he is shutting down his drone photography operation as of today. Here’s what has happened as I understand it (I’m no attorney so this isn’t legal advice). If you have more info or understanding please chime in:

  1. Here is the bill (House bill 1099) that was passed last week.
  2. It goes into effect today October, 1 2014.
  3. It says that to operate UAVs in NC for commercial purposes you need a license from the NC state Department of Transportation.
  4. But you can’t get a license right now because the Department of Transportation doesn’t have a licensing system yet, but will develop a licensing system to comply with the FAA guidelines as soon as FAA guidelines become available.

So what the State of NC has done is front ended the FAA guidelines (that isn’t law) with an NC state law that is enforceable. They’ve eliminated confusion for the citizens of North Carolina in this confusing area of commercial UAV operation.

I just talked with a Realtor in NC that flies his own drone for real estate video. He was surprised and outraged at by this development so there may be others in NC that haven’t heard about this new drone law yet.

Review Of New Nikon D750 – By Oliver Zielinski In Berlin

September 30th, 2014

NikonD750Guest post by Oliver M. Zielinski:

Just in time with this year’s Photokina Nikon has announced its new camera D750. Finally, this gear combines features real estate photographers have been waiting for. What are the camera’s advantages for architectural photography?

We have examined the main new features of the Nikon D750 which are important for our photography genre and have commented the results in this article.

Photographs of real estate and architecture are very often taken from unusual vantage points. In most cases using a camera from eye level is not an option. For interiors a lower position is best, while for exteriors there is an (sometimes significantly) elevated level the right position to shoot from to get a more natural impression. In both cases it is hard to control the image either through the view finder or a fixed back screen.

The large and high resolution LCD screen of the Nikon D750 can be flipped up or down. This makes it much easier to set up the camera from a normal working position. The D750 is the first camera in this category with such comfortable feature.

To examine a photograph at the camera monitor in terms of exposure, contrast and sharpness right after it was taken has always been a lucky game. Only at a 100 per cent enlargement on a computer screen any flaws could be clearly made obvious. Professional photographers transfer their images directly to a computer. Therefore, the camera is tethered to the machine where there is running a software either from the camera manufacturer, Adobe Lightroom or Capture One to show the result on a bigger screen right after the exposure. Thus, the photographer has the opportunity to take action and correct any mistakes instantly. Very often this tight camera-computer-combination reduces portability especially in close spaces or even outside. To establish a wireless connection until now was only possible with sometimes expansive extra gear either directly delivered by Nikon or as a half tethered version with a mini router.

The Nikon D750 has a built-in WiFi module to send image data and receive commands. Display gadgets at the moment are mobile tablets and smart phones. Thus, the cable, a heavy laptop computer and all the hassle with it can be dropped. Photos can be displayed right after the shot was taken and be enlarged for judgement by a finger’s press or swipe. Even the control of the camera is possible via this connection. The only flaw at the moment is Nikon’s own software because it may lack some functionality. But there are third party apps that are highly appreciated within the photo community. As soon as the developers have adopted the interface for the D750 photographers will have an absolutely comfortable tool in their hands. Continue Reading »

Real Estate Photography Questions and Answers

September 29th, 2014


I keep getting great questions and post these so everyone can get the benefit of the answers and others can add their thoughts and experiences.

Jason’s Question:  I’m thinking of joining the local Association of Realtors as an affiliate to gain access to the Surpa system so I can just enter the homes I photograph without anyone being present. It is not cheap to join in my marketplace (in my opinion). Has becoming an affiliate been beneficial to others who are real estate photographers or am I looking at increasing my exposure in the wrong light?

Answer: Yes, if your MLS allows it having an MLS Key is a big deal and it will probably pay for itself in added business. It saves your clients a lot of time since they don’t have to come let you in and then sit around and wait for you to shoot. In many locations the only way you can get a MLS key is become an agent. Some RE photographers become agents just for this reason although being an agent is way more expensive than just getting an MLS key.
When I was an agent in the Seattle area photographers could not get an NWMLS key, only agents and appraisers could get one. And there was an NWMLS rule that if an agent was caught leaving a “contractor” (a photographer is a contractor hired by the listing agent) unescorted in a listing there was a $5,000 fine. Yet as recent as a few years ago Seattle area photographers have told me that as many as 50% of agents let photographers shoot by unescorted.

If you get your own MLS key and shoot listings unescorted I would pay special attention to your liability insurance. The opportunities for being accused of damage increases and the agent/broker’s liability insurance won’t cover you as it may if you are escorted by an agent.

Priscilla’s Question:  I’m a fan of your work. Currently, I’m an amateur real estate photography on with a tour company. I’m looking for more opportunities in positions focused specifically on editing for real estate photography. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: I always recommend to beginning real estate photographers to be in business for yourself, the big tour companies are notorious for not paying a living wage! You are in general going to be better off if you run your own business as an independent real estate photographer or image editor. Peggy Taylor, in Tampa whom I’ve written about several times, is a great example. Peggy started out working for a large tour company in 2009. They paid her a ridiculously low amount for a shoot. She built her own business and now has her sister working with her and one other person and charges $200 per shoot and has a thriving business. It may take some hard work to begin with, but Peggy’s experience shows that it can be done.

Scott’s Question:  Thinking about pricing again. Does it make sense to calculate the price based on the asking price of the home? For example, if the home is going for 400K rather than 100K, won’t the photographer end up doing more work, and shouldn’t they get paid more? Tipping at restaurants is 15 to 20%. Wouldn’t that be nice. But seriously, I’d like to hear a discussion about the percentages all the players make, and think about cutting the photographer in, even for a small percent.

Answer: Yes, some photographers do charge based on the listing price but having been in this business on both sides of the fence (listing agent and photographer) it makes more sense to me to have a shoot price based on square footage rather than list price. It’s because the property is bigger and has more rooms that it takes more time to shoot; not because it has a higher list price. I think RE photographers should present themselves a contractors not sales people. I have a hard time putting my finger on it but to me it just feels out of line to charge as a percentage of list price.

A great place to get a lot diverse points of view on all the dimensions of pricing is to read through some of the PFRE flickr group discussions on pricing over the last few years.

Professional Real Estate Photos are an Investment For A Listing Agents Business

September 28th, 2014

TerryIversonPFRE blog reader Terry Iverson, in Redmond, OR, recently wrote the following post on his ActiveRain blog. We are reposting it here because it got such a positive response from Realtors on ActiveRain.

7 Reasons why Agents should retire their camera

Think of it as buying a lottery ticket. It is a small risk to pay for professional photos, but the payoff could be in the thousands for this listing and many more to come as a result of smart marketing and your image as a marketeer.

I’ve moved my business to Central Oregon and in talking to agents I’m finding that “snapping photos” instead of hiring a professional photographer seems to be the norm. Being hired to sell a home is purely a marketing event and requires good marketing strategies to sell quickly and at the best price. If you can, set aside the fact that I am a photographer and allow me to put my business consultant hat on, which is a role that I had before starting my photographer business.

Reasons to hire a professional photographer

  1. Potential buyers have a better expectation and feel for the home before even visiting.
  2. The listing agent is viewed as a marketer who presents his/her listings in the best way possible.
  3. Great photos often generate multiple showings and multiple offers resulting in a higher sales price.
  4. The Realtor becomes a hero to their seller often resulting in referrals to friends and family, more listings and a higher annual income for the Realtor.
  5. In future listing interviews you are able to use those photos to impress the homeowner that you will present their home in the best way possible. We are an image driven society and people are drawn to a great photo. $100-$150 spent to hire a professional photographer now turns into thousands of dollars of commission back to you now and later.
  6. Securing more listings means more happy sellers, more potential referrals and another factor to brag about during future interviews. Simply put, the more listings you get, your image of success is stronger which generates more listings and money in your bank account.
  7. You won’t have to spend the time taking and later preparing the photos for MLS. It will be magically done for you.

Reasons to take your own photos

  1. It will save you the cost of hiring a professional photographer.
  2. You have the pleasure of processing the photos instead of making more potential listing calls. ;-)

The bottom line is that taking your own photos will save you the cost of the photo shoot but in many cases will cost you thousands of dollars in lower commissions due to selling at a lower price, taking longer to sell and do nothing for your image as an agent who understands good marketing.

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Commercial Use?

September 26th, 2014

HollywoodDroneExemptionAccording to the NYTimes:

The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood.

The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from seven filmmaking companies and pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America, said six of those companies could use camera-equipped drones on certain movie and television sets. Until now, the F.A.A. has not permitted commercial drone use except for extremely limited circumstances in wilderness areas of Alaska.

…The decision has implications for a broad range of industries including agriculture, energy, real estate, the news media and online retailing. “While the approval for Hollywood is very limited in scope, it’s a message to everyone that this ball is rolling,” said Greg Cirillo, chairman of the aviation practice at Wiley Rein, a law firm in Washington. Read the complete article here.

While, I agree with Greg Cirillo, that this is a step forward, I’m still skeptical that this move is anything more than the FAA succumbing to some massive lobbying and political pressure. The motion picture industry is able to put this kind of pressure on the FAA. One of the rules for this exemption is that the drones must be operated by technicians that have a pilots license. Not extensive experience operating a drone, but a license to fly a large aircraft. The other reason FAA is willing to grant this exemption is because TV and Movie production sets are generally a relatively controlled physical environment compared to other shooting situations like real estate.

I’ll be more optimistic about FAA progress regulating small UAVs when I see the FAA involved in small drone projects in such a way that they start to understand small drones and demonstrate some basic common sense. So far I haven’t seen that! All I see is the FAA trying to intimidate everyone. I think FAA is stuck in a conceptual past world where they see all aircraft the same. As long as the stay stuck in the past they are going to continue be ineffective at making sensible rules and laws for small commercial drones.

What do all you commercial pilots that I know are out there think? Am I all wet?


Congratulations Aaron Flores – PFRE Photographer Of The Month For September

September 24th, 2014


Congratulations to Aaron Flores, Phoenix, AZ who has won the September Photographer of the month contest with his photo at the right. Click the image to the right to see a larger version of Aaron’s image.

Aaron is a second time PFRE photographer of the month. He won this same theme (Patio, Deck or Garden Space) last September! I declare Aaron the king of Patio, Deck or Garden Space shots!

Here is the jury’s voting results:

  1. 54 points, #18Aaron Flores – Phoenix, AZ
  2. 24 points, #6, Jonathan Davis – Big Island, HI
  3. 24 points, #14, Robert Morning – Los Angeles, CA
  4. 17 points, #12, Tony Colangelo – Victoria, BC
  5. 8 points, #11, Jason Roehner – Tempe, AZ
  6. 3 points, #2, Adrian Jones – Cape Town, South Africa

To the 22 entries in this contest that didn’t get any points, this is a very competitive contest. Don’t be discouraged. View it as much as a learning experience as a contest.

Here are Aaron’s comments about his winning image:

I’m happy once again to be recognized by the PFRE jury for my hard work and effort I put into crafting my images. This particular image was a lot of fun to make and not my typical circumstance. Usually I’m responsible for many images to be done all during twilight so I kind of place my lights in a general are and pick which side of the yard I’m going to shoot first. For this home though the client for obvious reasons wanted to focus more on the yard and pool area as opposed to shots of the home itself.

This presented me with a great chance to capture this one point perspective looking down the stretch of the back yard which flows from the unique spa to spillway into the main pool and then the far side of the yard and all its massive green trees. Also since I was looking down the yard instead of towards the house or away from it I was able to place my lighting on either side and really highlight exactly what I wanted. For this setup I used 6 various hot lights ranging from 150 watt spot lights to a 1000 watt tota light to make sure the deepest part of the yard was properly lit. I placed my two 150s on either side of the spa to capture both the spa itself and just the edge of the tree branch closest to the camera. I then placed a 250 watt flood light in between the two gazebos to the right of the pool, lighting towards the house, and another between the two patios to the left of the pool, lighting back towards lounge chairs and that section of the pool. Finally, I had a 500 watt placed just behind the furthest gazebo on the right pointing back towards the far patio on the left.

Meanwhile setting up lights I left my camera in place and used an intervalometer to fire of a bracket every few minutes to make sure I captured the exact right light and time. I believe I ended up using 4 or 5 different exposures to piece everything together exactly the way I had envisioned it while shooting.

I’m definitely pleased with the results and again I’m so happy to be recognized for my efforts. I put a lot of care and passion into my work and truly love what I do and I’m just glad I can make a living doing what I love.

I’ve put the names of all the photographers on the images in the flickr contest pool. Feel free to join the group and comment on the images.

Is Matterport An Important Tool For Real Estate Photography?

September 23rd, 2014

MatterPortSeveral readers have asked me what I think about Matterport because they just raised $16M in venture capital funding and there have been several articles in the real estate press this last week. Also, Redfin is using Matterport to create 3D walkthroughs. In Seattle apparently you get a free Matterport tour if you list with Redfin.


  1. The effects shown on the Matterport site are indeed flashy.
  2. Remember that this device was launched about 2 years ago. Here is my post about it then. It hasn’t taken off probably because of the cost.
  3. Here is the only 3D Matterport tour I can find. There’s a link to it in the Redfin article.
    • I can view this on my laptop and desktop machine, but it crashes on my iPad with Chrome or Safari. Apparently is not intended to run on the iPhone (Redfin site does not even try to display it).
    • The walk through feature looks quite good on my desktop/laptop… very much like 360 images with Google Street View navigation.
    • I don’t see the point of the Dollhouse view.
    • The floorplan view works but to me is not impressive because of all the unfinished edges. It’s not as easy to get a feel of the layout as well as a plain black and white floorplan.
  4. To create these tours you need a $4500 scanner and Matterport is the only one that can turn the results into a tour. That tour service cost from $99/mo to $199/mo.


  1. My general feeling is that this it too expensive for what you get. You really only get a 360 walkthrough and a weak floorplan.
  2. Top end agents are frequently dazzled by this kind of new technology, but I wouldn’t jump on this technology until we see how popular it is. Matterport is probably subsidizing the Redfin usage in some way to promote the product.
  3. Any real estate tour that doesn’t work WELL on SmartPhones and tablets these days is dead on arrival. Perhaps their iPad and iPhone issue can be quickly fixed. Otherwise, this in it self will kill the product.
  4. Updated 9/24: Christian’s observation below is important. “Biggest con of all is investing all that money and relying on 1 company for the processed product, you are screwed if they go down for a day or for good… you have ZERO control over anything other than shooting the images, which are useless without the editing/processing. Putting your entire business in the hands of a startup company is a HUGE risk and in this case has little reward.”

What do you think? Is anyone using this yet? What do you charge for Matterport tours?

Yongnuo YN560-TX Flash Controller – Adjust Flash Power From Your Camera

September 22nd, 2014

YN560-TXThere are a bunch of real estate shooters using Yongnuo YN-560-III flashes because they are a very close second to the classic old Nikon SB-80DX flashes. SB-80DX are a great flash for manual real estate work, but are no longer manufactured. Nowadays YN-560-IIIs are only about $71 where as the SB-80dx is usually twice that when you can find it on used gear sites.

A cool manual flash controller (YN560-TX Flash controller) was announced in May of this year but wasn’t widely available until a couple of months ago. A description of the YN560-TX is over at FlashHavoc and Pete Leong has a thorough description on YouTube of how to use the YN560-TX.

The big advantage of this flash controller is that it allows you to remotely adjust power level of your manual YN-560-IIIs right from behind your camera. It will also replace your RF-602/603 triggers and trigger all your YN-560-IIIs. All this for $58.

I’ve heard arguments both ways of whether adjusting the power level from your camera is important. Many people claim this is a big time savings. I’m sure many of you are already using theYN560-TX. How does it work for you?

A Follow Up On PFRE Coaching – Kerry Bern Does Personalized Video Tutorials

September 21st, 2014

KerryBernLast month we setup the PFRE coaching page and several PFRE Coaches have told me they are actively coaching people.

Kerry Bern told me last week that:

Thanks to the coaching directory that you created I started working with a lady located in the Portland area. In the first set of images she sent me was an image where she had problems removing her camera and tripod reflection from the mirror of a bathroom. She asked specifically what is the best way to remove the reflection. I felt it would be best to show her how to do it rather than trying to explain it in an email or over the phone. So I asked her to send me the original RAW image and I made a video tutorial of how I remove those types of reflections trying to explain as I went along why I was doing it this way.

We’ve all had this problem in bathrooms where there is so much glass it’s impossible to get the camera or the camera and yourself out of the mirror. Thanks Kerry for sharing your tutorial with everyone. If you are in need of help getting started in real estate photography or videography checkout one or more of the PFRE coaches. Is Pushing The Boundaries Again – Selling Property With Sex

September 19th, 2014

AlliraCohrsOne thing you can always depend on is our mates at will always be pushing all the boundaries! They are at it again with this mobile formatted property video that features Australian bombshell Allira Cohrs.

They are obviously pushing the technical boundaries with this video. Brett Clements says:

First job on the RED Dragon. With a few shots from the C300. Shot for mobile devices. Turned the camera on its side. And we cut it in portrait and we are streaming it in portrait, using our new transcoder. The Dragon’s colour science is stunning!!

While many will think that Allira’s “assets” divert too much attention from the property, Brett and his crew have shown several times before that sex sells upper-end property (at least in on the Australian Gold Coast).

Brett and his team have even managed to get Inman news to do a poll on whether or not this approach does more harm that good. About 1 in 4 Inman readers (26%) thought that the video may do more harm than good. I guess you’ll just have to watch the video and decide for yourself!

Checkout Scott Hargis’s Comments On The September Photo Contest Entries

September 17th, 2014

SeptContestI always enjoy reading Scott’s comments on the PFRE photographer of the month contest entries. He doesn’t always have time to do it, but he did this month and just spent several hours this afternoon commenting on over half of the September contest entries. It is well worth your time to read Scott’s analysis and thinking about these entries.

Scott visually analyzes images much like my art history professor did. I really enjoy having someone analytically take apart an image and talk about the purpose of the image and how effective the story the image is telling is. Also, what makes the image weak or what would make it stronger. There don’t seem to be many people that talk about images like this.

I think there’s a lot to be learned by reading through Scott’s comments on this months images. You may or may not agree with him, but you will learn by going through the analysis with him. Of course, the objective is to be able to think like this while you are looking through the view finder setting up your next interior shot.

Thanks Scott and other juror commenters (Aaron and George) for all the time you’ve put into your insightful comments!

What Should Real Estate Photographers Do For Monitor Calibration?

September 16th, 2014

MonitorCalibrationI got a great question yesterday from Kimi who is a real estate photographer. Here’s Kimi’s question:

We have been having issues with a particular team of agents (too many hands in the pot), but I feel it has raised a good question. When processing photos in LR, how important is the monitor that you are processing on? Are there any “standards” or suggestions that can make things pretty uniformed for the consumers in comparison to what we are seeing on our screens? I understand that every monitor is different, but I am starting to question if MY monitor is appropriate or if there are certain settings that I am not aware of to make things better so I do not hear my clients telling me the photos are too light on their screen, another agent feels they are too dark, etc. Any suggestions?

My answer: Yes, monitors vary quite a lot. Picky agents or home owners will complain if they think the colors in property photos don’t look “right.” You can adjust colors so they look good on your monitor but if your monitor is not calibrated and your clients monitors aren’t calibrated the image will look different to them.

As someone supplying images to others it is imperative that you calibrate your system to a standard. For images used on the web the standard is sRGB. Of course, calibration of your monitor won’t eliminate color arguments if your clients don’t also calibrate, but at least your images will be created according to the standard. It’s not likely that most of your clients will go to the trouble to calibrate their monitors but at least you know that your system is not causing the problem. If your monitor is calibrated you could suggest to picky clients that they also calibrate their monitors. More and more real estate images are viewed on tablets and smartphones (these can’t be calibrated but are fairly consistent among the same manufacturer) so these make a good reference. You should occasionally see what your images look like on the more popular tablets that you know your clients use.

Resources for calibrating your monitor:

  1. Matt Granger’s YouTube tutorial on calibrating your monitor
  2. Tom Niemann’s monitor calibration explanation.
  3. A relatively recent discussion in the PFRE flickr group on monitor calibration.

The above resources make several suggestions for hardware and software for monitor calibration. Here is a summary of some popular monitor calibration products that are suggested in the above references:

  1. X-Rite CMUNDIS ColorMunki  Tom Niemann’s, also suggested by several in the flickr group.
  2. Datacolor Spyder4Elite Matt Granger’s, also suggested by Iran Watson in the flickr group.
  3. X-Rite i1 Display pro, suggested by David Eichler in the flickr group.

Feel free to add your experiences with monitor calibration.

September Still Photo Contest Closing – Aug/Sep Video Contest Open Through Sept 23

September 15th, 2014

SeptContestThe PFRE Photographer of the month contest for September will close on Tues 9/16 when  I turn the voting over to the jurors. If you get your entry to me before that, I’ll accept your entry.

I’ll continue accepting entries for the Aug/Sept property video contest through next Tues 9/23. Before submitting your video entry please be sure to read:

The video contest rules at:

Thanks for everyone’s participation in the contests. As of right now we have 26 outstanding photos in the still contest and 5 videos in the property video contest.

Choosing Gear To Get Started in Real Estate Photography For Least the Cost

September 14th, 2014

GettingStartedIt’s been a two years since I’ve written about choosing gear to get started in real estate photography so I thought do an update. First of all here are the basic decisions you must make:

  1. You need to use a DSLR. Forget about point-and-shoot and any kind of cell phones for real estate photography. The  underlying reason is you must have a quality wide angle lens and a DSLR is the only way you can do that. This first item is a mandate, not a choice!
  2. Canon or Nikon? Either manufacturer is fine. I recommend Canon or Nikon over other brands only because these two brands will maximize your choices for other accessories as you need them. Other brands will work, but you’ll just have fewer choices.
  3. New or used? There is a lot of good quality used equipment available on eBay, Amazon and other sites. This is a great way to save some money when you are getting started. However, there is always some risk with buying used equipment.

Here are some specific recommendations for Canon and Nikon gear:

  • Canon DSLRs: T5 is the newest and cheapest Canon cropped sensor DSLR it is very adequate for real estate photography as are T5i, T4i, T3i and most older Canon Rebel DSLRs.
  • Wide-angle lens for Canon DSLRs: The Canon 10-18mm is the newest and cheapest wide lens. Other alternatives are Canon 10-22mm, and Sigma 10-20mm. The new Canon 10-18mm may be the best real estate photography lens for the money ($299) at this time. For all the options see the PFRE lens page.
  • Nikon DSLRs: D3300 is the newest and cheapest Nikon cropped sensor DSLR and it is very adequate for real estate photograph as are the D3100, D3200, D5200, D7000, D90 etc.
  • Wide-angle lens to Nikon DSLRs: The best quality wide-angle for the price for Nikon cropped sensor DSLRs is the Sigma 10-20mm.  Other alternatives are Nikon 10-24mm, Sigma 8-16mm and Tokina 11-16mm. For all the options see the PFRE lens page.

If I had to pick the best value for your money (new Canon gear) right now it would be the Canon T5 with a 10-18mm lens. You can get this combo for $669 on Amazon. Note that this Canon DSLR and wide-angle lens for roughly $300 less than the Nikon combo below. This is a fairly recent development since Canon announced the 10-18mm lens and the T5 DSLR. The T5 has fewer features than the T5i check here to see if you are willing to live with fewer features.

If I had to pick the best value for you money (new Nikon gear) right now it would be the Nikon D3300 with the Sigma 10-20mm. You can get this combo for $945 on Amazon.

Kit Lenses: The prices above assume that you purchase DSLR bodies only. While a kit lens (usually a 18-55mm lens bundled with new DSLRs) make exterior shots look better, a kit lens is not absolutely essential. You can shoot exterior shots with a wide-angle lens racked to the longest focal length.

Miscellaneous items: Besides the DSLR and wide-angle lens you’ll also need a few other items:

  1. Sturdy tripod.
  2. One or more manual flashes depending on the shooting technique you decide to use.
  3. Flash trigger to get your flash off your camera.
  4. Light stand for your off camera flash.
  5. Copy of Adobe Lightroom software.

Follow-up On Mark Reibman’s Real Estate Photo Editing Service

September 12th, 2014

MarkReibmanBack in July I did a post about my friend Mark Reibman’s new real estate photo editing service that he is providing from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At the time I was unsure of how many would be interested in this variation of-short post processing.

Since July I’ve gotten feedback from Mark that there has been a lot of interest in Mark’s service. Mark says:

Your blog post was great! I have one client in Kansas City who sends me all her work now. She’s got me trained now and we’ve got a good system down. While she sleeps I edit, and while I sleep she shoots. It’s a very good start for building a business in image editing. I’ve also connected with a client in Australia and someone in Sweden. It takes a bit of back in forth to get the images the way they like them. Dropbox is a big help. Once you get it figured out it really streamlines the process. I program my computer to wake up at 6AM and Dropbox automatically syncs the files for my clients. And then I’m ready to start work.

It does seem that there is quite a demand/need/interest for good quality image editing assistance. Most of the people I have heard from have complaints about the overseas services they have used previously. Having one person to do the editing that you can communicate easily and in detail is something I think a lot of photographers would love to have at their disposal. Although, I am hoping to land a few regular clients who can keep me busy rather than photographers with intermittent work needs.

I think part of the reason that Mark is able to do such a good job for real estate photographers is that he’s a long time real estate photographer. He understands the whole real estate photography process and what you need as a real estate photographer.