How Do Real Estate Photographers Decide How Big Their Service Area Is?

April 19th, 2017

Mike in Tennesee asks:

How far should one travel for a shoot? And how much of an extra charge is appropriate.  I’m a one man act, a couple of my clients are pretty good customers but they almost always seem to have properties not terribly far out from town but far enough where it sometimes gets in the way of my other jobs, screws up my scheduling, and causes my good local clients to have to wait.

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Where Can You Find Slik SDV-20 Tripods to Use as Lightstands?

April 18th, 2017

My old friend George in LA asks:

In his Lighting Interiors book, Scott Hargis advocates using Slik SDV-20 tripods for holding the flash guns, but they do not make them anymore. What is a replacement that you guys recommend?

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What Kinds of Stabilizers Are Property Video Shooters Using?

April 17th, 2017

GlideCamLast week Bob in St Louis asked:

Which 3 axis gimbal stabilizers are real estate photographers using to shoot real estate?

When most people starting out shooting real estate video they start out with a slider and a jib. Here are some stabilizers that readers are using: Continue Reading »

How do You Think the PFRE Contests Can Be Improved?

April 16th, 2017

Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a variety of feedback on issues people have with the PFRE photographer of the month contest (still contest).

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Marc Weisberg’s Mastering Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop in New York City

April 14th, 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 New York city on June 5th and 6th 2017. Click here for more details.

Workshop attendees will learn what gear Marc uses, how he photographs luxury real estate and how he can save photographers and realtors time and money. He will share his lighting and post-production techniques to take your photography to the next level.

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How Many Photos Should Real Estate Photographers Provide?

April 13th, 2017

Michael in Illinois recently asked:

My MLS has changed the real estate photography playing field. The number of photos allowed used to be limited to 25. They now allow an unlimited number of photos for each listing.

So for me, this is a great advantage, since my competition in this market typically provides only 25 or so images for their base service. I typically provide between 40 to 80 or more images depending on the size and value of the property.

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What Is the Best Drone for Real Estate Photography?

April 12th, 2017

I’ve had several people ask me to recommend a drone for real estate photography recently.

In researching this subject I found this recent review of drones for real estate photography by Andrew Nixon. This is a useful guide for using drones in real estate photography. Continue Reading »

Can You Sell Lifestyle and Community Real Estate Photos as Stock Photos?

April 11th, 2017

NeighborHoodRich asks:

Have you written any articles about shooting for stock on lifestyle, community and amenities of a city or neighborhood? I charge by the hour to shoot those things if I don’t have them, but would like to offer “stock” images to Realtors with listings where the images may apply. Wondering how to charge for that.

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Six Things to Do to Optimize Lightroom’s Performance

April 10th, 2017

Since Adobe Lightroom is the go-to post-processing application for most real estate photographers, we have talked many times about what you can do to make sure Lightroom is running as fast as possible.

I recently ran across this valuable video by Anthony Morganti on quick tips to optimize Lightroom’s performance. It covers these six subjects: Continue Reading »

How Do You Move Your Marketing from Low-End to Upper-End?

April 9th, 2017

Recently, I’ve been involved in a number of conversations on and off the blog suggest that real estate photographers frequently have trouble moving from low-end to upper-end shooting.

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How Do Real Estate Photographers Deal With Dark Colored and High Gloss Walls?

April 7th, 2017

Rich in South Carolina asked:

Shot a higher end house the other day and encountered a tough scenario: black walls, dark wood, lots of windows. Any tips or tricks for shooting black walls? Flashes were doing very little at full power.

Also in the same house, high gloss red paint! I left the flashes in the bag for that space and went back to HDR type work. Any thoughts on high gloss finishes?

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How to Make Sure You Capture the Whole Brightness Range of a Room When Shooting Brackets

April 6th, 2017

Lance in California asks:

Thanks so much for your Enfuse for real estate piece. Out of all the books and tutorials I have endlessly pored over, your method works the best, and makes the most sense. I have been trying to perfect my balancing highlight and shadows technique for what seems like forever. I am getting closer, thanks to you. My question is what part of the room are you metering to get your initial exposure to start your brackets? I use Nikon gear and if I have selected Matrix metering along with my D3 and Tokina 17-35mm the bright window really gets all the attention and throws all the brackets off because of its brightness. I am thinking I should spot meter an area somewhere in the scene that is fairly neutral, and then in live view start reading my histogram for proper shadow and highlights at either end for a nice exposure blend.

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Can You Do Anything About MLS Rules You Don’t Like?

April 5th, 2017

Ted in Indiana says:

After sparring with my local real estate board for years, I’m on their radar screen and they’re coming after me with everything, from blacklisting me with brokers, telling agents they don’t have to pay me if I use a copyright, telling agents with active listings they have to remove pictures with copyright info on the pictures. In short, they want to shut me down.

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Do You Ever Need a Property Release When Shooting Real Estate?

April 4th, 2017

Craig in Virginia asks:

I just wanted to pose another scenario based on your topic a week or so ago. This has not happened to me, but I can see its possibility.

On that recent subject, you wrote about the problem that someone who has just bought a home is now demanding that all photos be removed for the sake of their privacy. The several resolutions to that problem seemed fairly cut and dry.

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What Are Some Must Have Drone Video Shots?

April 3rd, 2017

Michael in Illinois recently asked:

I’m beginning to add drone photos/videos to my offerings. Are there some “go to” or “must have” shots that a drone package should include?

About the time that Michael asked this question I ran across this video tutorial by Captain Cornelius on his Drone Film Guide YouTube channel. This is a great resource for real estate drone shooters and answers Michael’s question. Continue Reading »