Real Estate Photography News

August 26th, 2014

Miscellaneous real estate photography newsMike Gardner in Malibu gets some great coverage at WSJ: Malibu Realtor and photographer Mike Gardner pointed out that the WSJ  printed his photo on the front page of their real estate section, interviewed everyone he suggested and gave him the photo credits. It can hurt to develop contacts in the real estate organizations of big news papers.

Ethan Tweedie celebrates a real estate photography milestone:  2013 PFRE photographer of the year, Ethan Tweedie of the Big Island did a great marketing announcement on his blog about the fact that he has photographed a total of 700 Million dollars in real estate in the last three years. Ethan is a great example of how to promote your business!

Real Estate Photography Is Turning a New Page: Dave, from Perth, sent me this article from the Daily Telegraph, that talks about some new things going on in Australian real estate. Great article. Thanks Dave. I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. Australia is the most progressive place on the planet for real estate photography. If you want to understand what’s going to happen next look at Brisbane. The hottest cities in the world of real estate photography are: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Seattle, San Diego, Auckland and Toronto in that order. If you don’t believe me look at google.com/trends/ “real estate photography”. Can’t argue with Big Data!

FAA Hit With Three Separate Legal Challenges to New Drone Rules:  This article gives all the details about the three suits that were filed against the FAA by three different organizations: the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), The Council on Government Relations, and the coalition of business owners. The article says, “Each group has similar, but slightly different grievances: The Council on Government Relations alleges that the FAA’s order “poses a grave threat to science, research, education, and technological innovation” by restricting the use of drones in universities and schools, the AMA said the FAA order has imposed “direct and immediate hardship upon the [drone] hobby,” and the coalition of business owners said that the FAA’s order will effectively kill their businesses.”

How To Get The Best Photos When Selling Your Home: Tim in Virginia, pointed out this article on what some of the important things are when you are doing real estate photography and advises real estate agents how to choose a good real estate photographer.

Real Estate Photography Q&A – Shooting In The Rain, Leveling Camera, Floor Plans

August 25th, 2014

QandAJosie’s Question:  I live in Florida and am thinking about moving to the Pacific Northwest and I was wondering how you photograph exteriors when it is either raining or at least overcast most of the winter in the PNW? I’m concerned about damage to the camera in the wet weather. How do you handle this?

Answer: I’ve photographed in the NW (Seattle, WA and Salem, OR) for most of my adult life and never found the wet weather that much of a problem. Probably because I’ve lived in the NW so I don’t even notice it’s raining anymore. I find if is raining hard I can keep the camera under my coat until I’m ready to take a shot… although I would try avoid doing external property shots in the pouring rain just because the light is usually worse. The more usual situation is just continual overcast and drizzle which isn’t that bad to shoot in. Most DSLRs are pretty waterproof. If you are going to set up for a long more involved set of shots you could always get one of the many camera rain covers. Although, I have to admit I don’t even own a camera raincoat.

Update 8/27: Cheryl makes a good point in the comments about using an umbrella. Earlier this year I did a post on a solution that uses an umbrella.

Coach’s Question:  Do you know of any on-camera level that beeps when the camera is level? 

Answer:  No I’ve never hear of a level that beeps when the camera is level. That’s really much more than you need. There are bubble levels you can get that side in your hot shoe. Many tripods also have built-in bubble levels. You can also get a viewing screen for most DSLRs that have a vertical and horizontal grid lines.  What I do is use the right and left side of the viewfinder to judge how level the camera is and then, in Lightroom 5 it will automatically make adjustments to verticals and horizontals with one click… this is a huge time saver and worth the price of Lightroom if you shoot real estate.

Tom’s Question:  I was reading an old post you had (2012) about adding value by creating floor plans. I was wondering if there is any new information or new recommendations for software? I know programs change daily and I was looking at programs that are online, but I like having software I need downloaded so I can work with or without connectivity.

Answer:  I know of nothing new recently in the area of floor plans and I get very few questions about floor plans indicating they are not being used much. Most likely because they take so much work to create and some Realtors are concerned about getting sued for getting the dimensions wrong. I keep trying all the new iPhone/iPad Apps that claim to easily make floor plans but so far they are all very disappointing.  The standard approach for those serious about floor plans seems to be a laser measuring device and one of the standard layout programs. Here are all the posts I’ve done on the subject: http://photographyforrealestate.net/?s=floorplan . I used to make floorplans for my wife’s new construction listings and would take the blueprints to Kinkos and have them reduced to 8.5×11″ and then scan and use Photoshop to draw heavy wall lines… that works very well but only for new construction where you can get your hands on a blueprint.

Darwin’s Question:  I am a Los Angeles based architecture and real estate photographer. I shoot a lot of high profile homes and recently had another publicized celebrity to celebrity sale hit the news. I have a question regarding usage. The LA Times got my permission to run the photos, as did the Hollywood Reporter (who paid me to use them). Now I am seeing my photos posted on multiple news websites also as they pulled them from the MLS. I never gave permission for this usage to any of these additional outlets, who also did not credit me. Are they allowed to pull MLS images and use them like this without my consent?

Answer:  I recommend that photographers shooting for agents have them sign a license agreement that licenses the photos to the agent only for the purpose of selling the listing. If you have such a license agreement with the agent it should be a clear matter to enforce it. Even if you don’t have a signed license agreement with the agent you can probably stop the unapproved use probably by sending each site using the photos a DMCA takedown notice. I suggest that you contact Joel Rothman, with Schneider Rothman, Intellectual Property Law Group who has represented many of PFRE blog readers in matters that deal like this with MLS abuse. Joel is an expert in this area.

Don’s Question:  Have you seen this? I think it might be interesting to get everyones opinion on this technology. Shiny object or something real? Coming trend or flash in the pan? 

Answer:  Yes I’ve read about Matterport. Fairly expensive ($4500+$99/month) for what you get. Feels very gimmicky to me… Sort of a return to 360 images of the past. I doubt that it will be a big seller.

August Video Contest Combined With September

August 25th, 2014

VideoContesExtendedSince we only had two entries for PFRE August videographer of the month we’ve decided to merge the August and September contest together.

So the new deadline for the Aug-Sep contest is 9/24. The winner of the combined contest will be announced on Oct 1.

If you’d like to enter the contest please read the contest rules at:

photographyforrealestate.net/video-contest/ 

vFlyer.com A Marketing Site For Agents and Real Estate Photographers

August 24th, 2014

vflyerI’ve used vFlyer.com ever since it was launched in late 2006. Back in 2006 it was the first site that allowed you to make great looking ads that you can paste into craigslist.org ads. It still does that. I’ve used vFlyer.com for advertising my rental properties for years and it works great. Over the years vFlyer has evolved to have a lot of real estate marketing features, including email marketing printed flyers, email flyers, property sites custom graphic design work, copywriting, Video voiceovers and now tours.

Last week I was talking to Aaron Sperling, the CEO and cofounder of vflyer.com about their new format that is  a high quality tour format. I was pointing out to Aaron that the clear trend these days is for agents to use professional photographers shoot their listings and many photographers supply a tour or listing marketing products bundled with their shoot. So vFlyer should be thinking about supporting independent real estate photographers instead of just real estate agents. I was also complaining to Aaron about their subscription only pricing. I think a fixed price per tour pricing is more attractive to real estate photographers.

Aaron says that vFlyer would very much like to start supporting professional real estate photographers and to that end he says:

I’ll have my team support a fixed price model in a manual fashion starting today when real estate photographers call our support team to set-up an account. We will work on adding that support to our online purchasing.

vFlyer.com has a great bunch of marketing features so if you are just getting started or you want to expand into suplying listing marketing products you might want to checkout vFlyer.com as a marketing product provider.

Congratulations Kate Benjamin August PFRE Photographer Of The Month

August 22nd, 2014

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Congratulations to Kate Benjamin, Detroit MI, who has won this months Photographer of the month contest with her photo at the right. The jurors really liked Kate’s image of this quaint old home. Click the image to see a larger version.

This month, there were 48 great images! Many of them were extremely well executed. The competition is intense! Getting a few points in this contest is a big distinction! Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t get any points… you are competing with the very best in the business!

Here is the jury’s voting results:

  1. 40 points, #18, Kate Benjamin – Detroit, MI.
  2. 8 points, #29, Josh Mais - Kansas City, MO
  3. 8 points, #38, Alasdair McIntosh – York, UK
  4. 7 points, #30, Sebastian Eras – Amberg, Germany
  5. 5 points, #31, Mel Myers – Spartanburg, SC
  6. 4 points, #12, Jennifer Arnett – Canton, MI
  7. 3 points, #21, Jonathan Perez - Sacramento, CA
  8. 3 points, #36, Sean Elliott - York, UK
  9. 2 points, #27, Tony Colangelo – Victoria, BC

Ling Ge made this comment on flickr which I think is a good summary of why Kate’s image is such a strong image:

I commented this on Flickr, and the reason I voted for it and why I think it won is because it took various elements in the image and used it to its advantage. Even though it was in a shaded environment, it didn’t try to recover too much shadow, and didn’t try to bring down highlights or oversaturate colors. Many entries made the mistake of looking too flat but trying to even out highlights and shades too far, thus making the images look really flat. Then some would try to compensate by boosting the vibrance and it would start to look to artificial. The winner not only selected a great composition, but definitely kept it very natural and kept all the great elements to create a dynamic image.

Update 8/25: Here are Kate’s comments about the image:

I apologize for the delay in providing this additional information about my image. I have been traveling throughout Italy but am now home! I am so honored to be chosen as August’s PFRE Photographer of the Month! There were numerous incredible images this month and the vote casting must have been quite a challenge!

This image was shot at ISO 100, a focal length of 27mm, shutter speed of 1/10, and an aperture of f/13. I was elevated about three feet on a small step ladder and only ambient lighting was used. I set the exposure compensation at +1.0 as I was concerned about shadow detail and not especially worried about overexposing the sky.

In Lightroom 4, I corrected lens distortions, set a custom white balance, and boosted shadows and whites as well as clarity and vibrance. I also selectively enhanced the blues in the sky using the LR adjustment brush. I then made minor adjustments to contrast and foliage using NIK software and sharpened in Photoshop. That’s it!

This image was actually one of 15 exterior images of this home that I delivered to my client. Some of these other images are in my photostream and/or website. The homeowners did not wish to have the interior of the home photographed so my client decided to shoot all facets of the exterior instead. The property and surrounding area were heavily treed so I needed to visit the home at several times of the day prior to the shoot to assess lighting. One of the challenges was the color of this home. Depending on lighting conditions, this home can look gray, green, or blue! As such, I had to selectively modify the color on some of the images so that it was consistent across the many images that were delivered to my client.

Thank you again to the jurors for selecting my image! Everything I have learned about architectural and interiors photography, I have learned from this group so I am especially honored!

Inexpensive 12 Foot Tripods As An Alternative To Painters Pole

August 20th, 2014

12TripodI’ve had several readers point out this video on large construction tripods for use in photography and videography.

Giant tripods are very popular with real estate photographers but you have to lay out around $2K USD for a Gitzo carbon tripod with the extendable center section that will raise a  heavy DSLR and lens to about 14 feet, so when there is an alternative that does nearly the same thing for around $200 USD it gets some attention.

It turns out that construction people use giant tripods too… for laser levels and other similar uses. This video and accompanying page over at cheesycam.com point out that there is apparently a tripod that will get your camera up to 12′ for under $200 USD.

The problem is I can’t find any of these tripods currently available on Amazon or Ebay. Apparently a lot of people would like to have one of these things. Even though they are currently not available on Amazon or Ebay I’m sure if you watch for one that they will be available again.

Is anyone already using one of these construction tripods?

Real Estate Photography Q & A – Older Rebels, Curbed.com and Independents in NZ?

August 19th, 2014

Questions And Answers

Jaimee’s Question:   I’m a fairly new agent (2 years) and want to supplement my income with real estate photography.  Your ebooks are exactly what I’m looking for to gather information on what to use and how to start so thank you for that.  I have an older Canon Rebel 300D from 2003, it’s not a full frame….I’ve spoken with several photographers and received several different answers and I am thoroughly confused on what equipment I need.  ?

Answer:  I don’t think your Rebel 300D is a problem… your wide angle lens is more important. If you wanted to upgrade a Rebel T3i or T5i is the modern equivalent to the 300D, but I doubt anyone will be able to tell that you are using a old model. For starters if you haven’t already take a look at this post that lists all the basic equipment  you need to get started. Some new info is that Cannon recently released the 10-18mm lens and reports are that it is as good as the 10-22mm which is a very popular with RE photographers and the 10-18mm is under $300. See the discussion here.

Heide’s Question:   I was wondering if you have any suggestions or pointers as to how to quickly create property websites for agents.  I don’t want to spend half a day or more creating sites. 

Answer: Yes, with tourbuzz.net tours you can give any tour its own domain name like 1234MainSt.com. Very easy to do.

Reed’s Question:  I was wondering what you think of the way the website curbed.com uses our real estate photography? I found them using some of mine without permission. Can anything be done about this since they actually lifted the photos from the MLS? 

Answer: It looks to me like curbed.com is using MLS photos beyond the typical licensing.  I would contact Joel Rothman. Joel is a Intellectual Property attorney  with Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group in Florida that is very familiar with the copyright issues in real estate MLS sites. Joel has represented other PFRE blog readers and can advise you how to pursue this issue.

Song’s Question:  I have a question which if you could answer would probably solve a lot of my problems. In my country (New Zealand) my parents have a friend who is in one of the top Real Estate companies in Auckland (we have 3/4 main ones) and according to her, all of their photography is handled via a professional company so none of their photos are from a point and shoot like many are saying and are relatively okay quality photos. I would assume that all of these big companies would do the same. Would they then, hire me as they already have a company who has “monopolized” their listings and I assume would have a contract with them. At this point, how should I proceed? ?

Answer: Some real estate companies have contracts with real estate photographers to shoot for their whole company but I doubt that all real estate agencies in Auckland do it. NZ and AU are certainly very progressive at using real estate photography but I can’t believe that opportunities for independent real estate photographers have disappeared. You should be able to locate companies that don’t have a company wide contract by getting online and looking at the photos that each company/agent uses to market their listings and focus on marketing just agents in that company. Look for agencies that use bad photography and could use your help.

Are their any independent real estate photographers from NZ that can comment on Song’s question?

Photography For Real Estate News Bites

August 18th, 2014

Miscellaneous real estate photography newsReaders pass on a bunch of interesting real estate photography news and I like to pass on as much of it as possible. I’ve been getting behind lately so I thought I’d do a post to catchup all these news items:

3 Splurges Worth the Expense When You’re Selling Your Home: Professional Staging, Hire a house cleaning service, and Book a professional photographer. The only thing I’d add to this is book a professional real estate photographer!

Taking Real Estate Photography to a Whole New Level:  Article about Elizabeth Dooley of VHT Studios in New York that has been dubbed an “extreme real estate photographer” because she is willing to climb out on ledges, rooftops and fire escapes to get great shots.

Bird? Plane? No, It’s the Wedding Photographer: Wedding photographers now using drones?… “As a small drone noisily swooped over the crowd at the June 21 marriage of Randy Florke and Sean Patrick Maloney in Cold Spring, N.Y., which was featured in the New York Times Vows column last month, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, was heard to say, “That thing is going to kill somebody.”

5 Top Tips For Photographing Your Property:  Article from realestate.com.au giving it’s top 5 real estate photography tips.

5 Things You Need To Know About The Photographer’s Ephemeris: Many real estate photographers use The Photographers Ephemeris. Some big news: TPE for Desktop is changing. On 2 September 2014 Google will retire the Google Maps for Flash API and the current version of TPE for Desktop will stop working. The good news is that a new TPE for Desktop web app has been built from the ground up and is ready to use today.

Did You Know You Can Edit Video In Photoshop?

August 17th, 2014

PSVideoEdingGreg Utton first pointed out this tutorial by Terry White last month. It’s a tutorial on how to edit video in Photoshop CC or CS6.

Then just a couple of days ago Jason Vosper pointed out that Serge Ramelli also has a tutorial on editing video in Photoshop CC.

As Serge and Terry both point out not many people realize this feature exists. I have to admit that I didn’t know you could do this in Photoshop CC! The great thing about having this video editing in Photoshop is you probably already have Photoshop and can easily get started using video without springing for Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

Still Contest Closes and Video Contest Opens At End Of Day August 15

August 15th, 2014

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Still Contest Closing:
We have awesome set of daylight exterior photo entries for this month. I’m amazed at how he quality of photos in this contest keeps getting better and better.

PFRE still photo contest is closing at the end of the day August 15 (in a few hours) and the video contest will open. The  still contest jury will choose a winner of the still contest by August 22.

I’ve scheduled a google Hangout to discuss the still contest winner on August 23 at 21:00 UTC(GMT). To figure out what time 21:00 UTC is where you are use this world clock. It’s basically midday US pacific time, 10PM London/Europe time and early the next day in Australia. Only the winner and some jurors will participate in the hangout (max of 10 people in hangout) but it can be viewed by everyone either live or on YouTube video afterwards.

Update 8/16: Here is the address of the google hangout scheduled for 8/23 21:00 UTC(GMT) for those who would like to watch it live.

Video contest beginning:
If you are submitting a video for the August video contest please read and follow the contest rules at:

photographyforrealestate.net/video-contest/

Here is the general way the video contest works:

  • Links to video entries will be in the flickr video contest forum. I’ll add them as contestants submit them.
  • If you’d like to comment on any particular video, join the forum and comment on the entry where the link to the video is posted.
  • The August contest is open for entries through August 22.
  • The winner will be announced by the end of August.
  • The video contest hangout will be Sat August 30, 21:00 UTC(GMT).

 

Starting Out In Real Estate Photography and Need Some Coaching?

August 13th, 2014

coachingIn the last 24 hours I’ve gotten 9 experienced real estate photographers that are willing to take on coaching people and built a real estate photography and videography coaching page.

For people starting out in real estate photography and interested in this resource I want to reiterate the general way this works:

  1. Under most situations this coaching is not face-to-face personal classes, although that may happen in some cases. It’s totally up to the arrangements you make with the coach you choose. On the other hand, I’m sure that most of these coaches will fly to your location and give you personal one-on-one training if you cover their expenses and time. I know of cases where that has happened.
  2. Usually the coaching will be done via phone, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting or some online technology. These technologies allow extremely effective coaching.
  3. Don’t expect to get this coaching free. These coaches are busy, successful real estate photographers whose time is valuable. The coaching you will get is very valuable. Fees are totally up to each coach.

The important point with this coaching is that you can be coached by some of the best photographers and videographers in the world even though you don’t even live in the same country. Many Universities provide classes worldwide to thousands of people at a time. This is no different.

I like to thank all the coaches that have signed up to do this. I think this is a very valuable resource.

Are You A Real Estate Photography Coach?

August 12th, 2014

CoachingOver the years, I’ve had many readers ask for various kinds of coaching and/or mentoring to help get started in the real estate photography business.

I personally do this a lot with people that have questions about getting started in business. I spend a hour or two a week on the phone, Skype, or hangouts with people doing this.  It’s usually people that have purchased one or more ebooks on the blog so I feel I’m getting paid for my time by book sales so I don’t charge people for my time.

I’ve referred some readers to others that I know will be able to help them. The people I refer readers to decide what to charge for their coaching and handle the whole process themselves. So far it’s worked very well for everyone concerned. Some people have done coaching in person but most do it via phone, FaceTime, Skype or hangouts. The fact is, people are more likely to do coaching if they know they are not training local competition for themselves so personal coaching is unusual.

Since there seems to be more and more demand for this kind of thing, I’ve decided to make a page on the blog that is a list of people that are interested in coaching people is some aspect of getting up and running in real estate photography. So Here is how this will work:

  1. If you are interested in coaching let me know here.
  2. To be put on the coaching referral page you have to convince me that you can do a good job at coaching people.
  3. If you do convince me, I’ll put your Photo, name, and link to your website and a brief description of what you will coach people in. People will then contact you directly via your website.
  4. When people contact you, you decide what to charge and how to handle the whole coaching process. What you charge will not be listing on the coaching referral page. You don’t have to charge if you don’t want to.
  5. I’m not involved, other than updating the coaching referral page, and it cost nothing to be listed on the coaching page.
  6. I reserve the right to remove anyone from the coaching referral page if I deem it necessary.
  7. I will be encouraging people being coached to give me feedback on how the whole process goes.
  8. I also reserve the right to stop adding people on the coaching referral page if it gets too big.

So what does everyone think? Does this make sense?

Update 8/13: I’ve only turned down a few people for being on the coaching page. So far the reason is always their website. To be listed on the coaching referral page you need to have a website that presents your work to people. People want to see the level of work you do and that’s what a website presents. Also the website MUST have contact information on it because I don’t want to keep track of phone numbers, email address etc. I just link to your website and thats how people will contact you. If you want you can have a special coaching page on your site and I’ll link to that.

Update 8/17: I’m not taking anymore coaches. I may open up for more coaches some time later.

This Week In Real Estate Drone Photography News

August 11th, 2014

DJIPhantom2News from the last few weeks that affects or is related to real estate sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles): 

  • Peter Sachs’s The Drone Pilot Association – As of right now Peter is up to 1,354 members. As Peter says, “Time is running out to legally challenge the FAA’s June 25, 2014 Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. If not successfully challenged before August 25, 2014, drone pilots will be barred from operating commercially, barred from flying in “first person view,” barred from operating within 5 miles of any airport without prior permission and will suddenly be subject to all Federal Aviation Regulations. The DPA is trying to raise money to fund a legal challenge.
  • Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up regulations on drones and release them by the end of the year. In a statement, Schumer said the city has “become the wild, wild west” for commercial and recreational use of drones, formally called “unmanned aircraft systems.” “There are a number of unregulated small drones throughout New York City, as well as other parts of the state, threatening safety and privacy,” Schumer wrote in a letter to the FAA and Commerce Department.
  • Drones Outpacing Rules as Popularity Soars in New York “Right now, unlike a manned-aircraft pilot who can get a license from the FAA, there’s no official training program for small drones,” said Brendan M. Schulman, a lawyer in Manhattan who represents a number of drone operators and enthusiasts. “What you’re seeing is popularity because they don’t require any particular expertise to get going. What you’re seeing is people buying these devices off the shelf and operating them without any experience or training because they’re easy to use.”
  • The Drones Will Have Their Day – In state legislatures, drone regulation is one of the few issues that has enjoyed bipartisan support. In 2013, according to the ACLU, 43 states debated 96 drone bills; however, all but eight of these bills died in session. This year, just four out of 36 states that considered drone legislation have enacted any laws. This is not enough to keep pace with drone proliferation.
  • LAPD want to crack down on civilian drones after police station incident – Los Angeles police officials say they may have to set boundaries on hobbyist drone use because local ordinances are vague and federal regulators are unlikely to to put clear-cut rules in place anytime soon.
  • No Unmanned Flights ‘Anytime Soon,’ FAA Assures Pilots – Airlines should not expect to see unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying regularly in U.S. airspace “anytime soon,” a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration told pilots August 7. The assurance came amid continuing reports of unauthorized UAS flights near airliners.

Wow, a lot of things happening, and this is just a selection of articles from the last 2 weeks! If you want to stay up to the minute with this subject follow me on Twitter because I tweet these articles as they happen.

The Ultimate Guide For Preparing A Property For Real Estate Photography

August 10th, 2014

StagedNoThe photo to the right is from an actual listing my wife and I had in 2005. Helping home sellers get their property ready for market is one of the most challenging parts of being a listing agent. Listing agents need to do more than talk about how to get a home ready. In many cases the listing agent needs to take the sellers hand walk them through the process and help them get their property market ready.

As a real estate photographer you need to make sure this process of getting the property ready has been done. Not all listing agents are good at it. One thing that really helps everyone involved is to have a checklist of what to do. That is, something written down the agent and home seller can focus on.

Hugh Saffar, in Toronto just sent me a link to a guide that he has written that addresses the problem of getting property ready for market. Hugh says:

It was about 2 years ago that I decided to become a real estate photographer and your website and eBooks were huge influence and resource for me. At the beginning it was like a long shot for me, but today my company is one of the leading Real Estate Marketing companies in Greater Toronto Area. After two years and shooting over 300 listings I found out most of home sellers and real estate agents suffer from one thing! They simply do not know how to prepare the house for the photo shoot and they mostly can not afford to hire a stager. That said, I decided to put my observation and experience into a blog post as Ultimate Guide to How to Prepare Your House for a Photo Shoot.

Hugh’s guide is one of the most complete checklists I’ve seen. Great job Hugh!

Oh, and the rest of the story on the listing the photo above is from: This was a rental property East of Seattle on I-90, with two wild bachelors living in it. It had several burned out pick-up trucks in the front yard that wouldn’t run. Our biggest concern, besides the massive clutter was that there were several large caliber loaded rifles laying on the kitchen counters. They have trouble with Bears in this neighborhood. We made the renters promise to lock up the weapons while the property was on the market. It turned out to be a hot property! After just a week on the market we had 7 offers! Soon after, the property was off the market one of the renters was arrested by the local police for shooting a bear on the shoulder of I-90. We earned our commission on this listing!! The only reason we even took this listing is the property owner was a good friend.

Homeowner Accidentally Takes Naked Bathroom Selfie And Posts Online

August 7th, 2014

NudeBathroomSelfieWe’ve all shot those large master bathrooms that have multiple walls of mirrors. It’s pretty hard to escape being in the shot somewhere. This is where Photoshop is the only way out for the photographer.

But this homeowner in Austin, Texas was taking his own shots, in the nude, for whatever reason and probably never heard of Photoshop. He then proceeded to post the photos on HotPads to try to sell his home.

Was this an accident? I’m skeptical that it was accidental. Look at the social media coverage that he got! I’ll bet the property is already sold.

So there you have it a new angle for getting great social media coverage… until the listing site takes down the photos!

Thanks to Ethan Tweedie for this article.