Full Frame: Help For Organizing Your Real Estate Photography Business

March 10th, 2017

Recently, we talked about some alternatives for real estate photographers to get help managing their clients so I thought it may be useful to point out some of the features of “Full Frame,” one of the PFRE advertisers.

Full Frame Systems started their real estate photography business in 2008 in the Southern California market. They couldn’t find a good client management system so they decided to build their own. After 7 years of development, they started offering the FullFrame software to other real estate photographers. Continue Reading »

What Client Management Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

March 9th, 2017

CMSRobert in Virginia asks:

I was looking for information on CRM platforms that might be used by other real estate photographers but couldn’t find anything in the search function. I know I can use excel to list all of the agents and their contact info but with a background in sales and marketing, I am used to using a dedicated CRM platform. Have you written about this before or can you point me in a direction for more information?

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Luminar Is Close to Being a Lightroom Alternative!

March 8th, 2017

I know there are readers out there that would jump at the chance to find an alternative to Lightroom. Some don’t like the idea of subscription software and some don’t like the slowness of Lightroom. So when I ran across Luminar by Macphun that has all but a few Lightroom features I decided to try it out.

I’ve been stunned by how fast and easy Luminar is to use. It’s fast because it doesn’t build a giant catalog of images like Lightroom does. This may be a downside for those that use Lightroom to organize their images but I would be happily to take Luminar’s speed and give up Lightroom’s catalog. Continue Reading »

Checkout Dave Dwyer’s New Video Series on How to Shoot and Edit Real Estate Video

March 7th, 2017

Last week Dave Dwyer in Brisbane, AU gave me a sneak preview of his newly completed video series on How to Shoot and Edit Real Estate Videos.

I must say I was quite impressed! Dave has been shooting real estate video in the Brisbane market for over 5 years. And those of you that have been following real estate video for any time know that Brisbane is one of the world’s most popular places in the world for real estate photography and real estate video. If you don’t believe me, just use google trends to look up the term “real estate photography”. I’m not sure what is driving this down there but my theory is it’s something in the water. Continue Reading »

How Do You Avoid Having Shadows When Shooting Rooms with a Ceiling Fan?

March 6th, 2017

Rob in Southern CA asks:

What’s the best way to avoid shadows on ceilings fans, chandeliers, etc? When using strobes I know I can blend in an ambient exposure but I’m looking for a technique or trick without those extra steps.

Yes, shadows from things that hang from ceilings are a pain! The trick to eliminating the shadows from hanging things is to use multiple flashes from different directions. This is an important enough subject that Scott Hargis has a whole chapter on the subject in his ebook: Lighting Interiors. Scott shows how with a couple of small flashes when positioned correctly you can completely eliminate these annoying shadows.

How Do You Deal with Bright Windows When Shooting Interior Real Estate Property Video?

March 5th, 2017

Phil in South Carolina asks:

I have a question regarding the creation of interior videos. HOW can a video be recorded which allows proper exposure of the room AND the view through the windows? This has eluded me for years! What is so simple to do with a flash in still photography, seems impossible in video work. Do you just have to bite the bullet and bring in all sorts of studio lights or hire an assistant to carry diffuse portable lighting? I use a 3-axis gimbal, so camera-mounted lights are not really practical either.

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Marc Weisberg’s Mastering Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop May 1st & 2nd

March 3rd, 2017

Marc Weisberg, a luxury real estate photographer, and Sony Artisan will be conducting a two-day intensive workshop on mastering luxury real estate photography in Irvine California on May 1st and 2nd 2017. Continue Reading »

What Flash Should I Replace My SB-800 With?

March 2nd, 2017

Chip in NH says:

My SB-800 is dying. Intermittent flashing and I’ve been told since it’s discontinued, it can’t be fixed. I’ve read many many entries on your site to see if I can get a replacement, but I’m hopelessly technically lost. I have a D7100 that’s about 4 or 5 years old and doing well.

So it turns out I have another shoot on Friday. Can you give me a quick suggestion for a replacement and for a remote flash and stand with trigger? I’ve only used an on-camera SB-800, and figure I should upgrade as long as I need to buy a new piece of equipment.

You can replace your SB-800 if you want; there are quite a few available on Amazon for just over $200.

However, if you want to get your flash off your camera a good choice would be the YN-560 IV and trigger. Which is about $100 less than an SB-800 replacement. There are some light quality advantages in getting your flash off your camera. See Scott’s Lighting Interiors e-book for the full story on why and how to get your flash off of your camera.


Congratulations to Vic DeVore – February PFRE Videographer of the Month

March 1st, 2017

Congratulations to Vic DeVore, of Clermont, FL who the video jury has voted PFRE videographer of the month for February 2017. Click here or the image to the right to look at Vic’s winning video.

Here are the results of the video jury’s voting:

  1. Vic DeVore
  2. Travis Rowan
  3. Ryan Haschke
  4. Brad Barnson
  5. Gary Kasl
  6. Full Package Media

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How Do Real Estate Photographers Deal With Windows?

February 28th, 2017

Ginnie asked the following:

I am starting to explore real estate photography and have been playing with HDR in Lightroom. When looking at this month’s photo winners, I notice that the views outside the windows are crystal clear. How is that done? Does the photographer use multiple flashes? Any input would be appreciated.

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Is There a One Stop for Real Estate Photographer Insurance?

February 27th, 2017

Bob in New Mexico asks:

Is anyone aware of a company that will write a “cover it all” policy? I wish I could just get one policy that covered all my equipment (cameras, lenses, and drones included) for damage or theft, etc., and had a liability policy attached; a veritable “one stop shop” for real eEstate photography insurance. I want my equipment covered for theft, etc. But I also want to be covered whether I knock over hot, red wax (via somebody’s previous post) or my drone goes rogue and flies through a front window or (may it never happen) the rogue drone hit a person.

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How Long Do Real Estate Photographers Keep Their Images?

February 26th, 2017

Alan in the Seattle area asks:

Just curious to know how long most photographers keep the images from each of their real estate shoots?  Do they keep them all or do they just keep the deliverables?  And if so, for how long?

Much depends on the volume of shoots you are doing and your style of shooting and if you register and resell your images. Continue Reading »

Are Black and White Images Appropriate for Real Estate Marketing?

February 24th, 2017

Ron in Texas asks:

I wanted to run this idea by you and your readers. I live in a small Texas border town and do RE photography (still and drone) as a retirement supplement, and there are a limited number of high-end homes to shoot here. I stay reasonably busy, but could always use a little more business. Recently, a broker who really likes my work asked me if there was any way I could offer a discounted package for some of her agents who typically sell medium-priced homes and can’t afford my fee ($125 for the basic 25 image+ pkg).

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Congratulations Jenn Verrier – February PFRE Photographer of the Month

February 23rd, 2017

Congratulations to Jenn Verrier in Arlington, Virginia who the jury has voted PFRE Photographer of the Month for February. This is Jenn’s first win as the PFRE Photographer of the Month.

Here are the entries that the jurors awarded points to this month in order of points awarded: Continue Reading »

What Services Should Real Estate Photographers Offer besides Still Photos?

February 22nd, 2017

Peter in Calgary asks:

I’ve been doing real estate photography for the last few years. I’ve been asked numerous times what other services I offer other than photography. I do want to offer measurements and floor plans but I am not sure where to start. Any suggestions on how I can go about learning to offer other services than still photography?

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