Lifestyle Videos from Vancouver Island, BC

July 12th, 2017

Real estate video is very popular these days on Vancouver Island, BC. Last week I heard from both of the top real estate video videographers on the Island. Jacob McNeil and the Dominguez family.

Jacob says, “Things have exploded on the island for us. Last year was our busiest year to date and this year has already exceeded that.” This is Jacob’s lifestyle video.

Mia Dominguez says, “Thought you’d enjoy this video we created with a bit of humor. Laughter is a great way to capture an audience. Our oldest daughter Pam and her boyfriend helped us with the acting. This video has had close to 6,000 views in one week.” This is the video the Dominguez family produced.


Why You Can’t Use Auto Exposure Bracketing When Using a Flash

July 11th, 2017

Ron in Northern California says:

I love your resource here. I have a Canon 5D MKIII with 600EX-RT speedlite and ST-E3-RT trigger. I’ve been shooting for a couple of months using brackets and Lightroom HDR. I had some color consistency issues and after reading some your posts on using a manual flash I added flash to my bracketing and it really helped! Unfortunately, I discovered in the process that my wonderful Canon equipment doesn’t support AEB with flash. Not even with the flash set to Manual. Is there a reasonably priced manual trigger that will support the automatic exposure bracketing?

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What Is the Best Photo Editor for a Beginning Real Estate Photographer?

July 10th, 2017

Paul asks:

I’m an amateur photographer and retired real estate agent. I am thinking of starting a real estate photography business. Can you tell me what is a good starter editing software, but not a monthly subscription? Cyberlink Photodirector and Lightroom were recommended.

I think Lightroom is the best way to edit for any real estate photographer. You can still get a non-subscription version of Lightroom 6. Continue Reading »

How Many, How Long, How Much?

July 9th, 2017

Last week, I was talking to John McBay whom many of you know as the author of the e-book and video series, Image Editing for Real Estate Photography. John is also listed on the coaching page and does real estate photography coaching.

John asked me to pass along his coaching/mentoring document (click the blue rectangle above to download). Everyone is free to use this document in any way they want. It gives quite a good in-depth discussion of the three of the major questions that beginning real estate photographers need to understand: Continue Reading »

The Importance of Workshops and Coaching in Learning Real Estate Photography

July 7th, 2017

Some recent discussions with people just beginning real estate photography reminded me that many people need help understanding how to get good real estate photography training. Below are some important ideas on this subject. Continue Reading »

What Should Real Estate Photographers Base Their Pricing On?

July 6th, 2017

150unitshootAaron in Ohio asks:

I know most real estate photographers charge based on the square footage of a property but lately I have been charging a per image fee. It seems to be working but I have gotten some guff about it. I do this because some Realtors want upwards of 50 images for 1500 sq. ft. homes and 60 images on 3,500 sq. ft. home. Under the square footage model, the difference in price when charging by sq. ft. is substantial but the work load sometimes is not.

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Luminar Is Close to a Replacement for the Nik Collection

July 5th, 2017

Back in March when I first tried out Luminar by Macphun and did a post on how impressed I was with it, I missed one of the most important aspects of Luminar. I’ve now been enlightened by Scott Kelby’s post on LightroomKillertips and his new class on on how to use the Luminar plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop. Continue Reading »

Is Anyone Using the SL-360 StreakLight for Real Estate Photography?

July 4th, 2017

Steven in South Jersey asks:

I am looking at a Flashpoint 360 and wondered if any other readers use one for real estate? I will soon be shooting with a Sony A7 Mark III and continue to use my Nikon with the latest SB flash can I get the nikon to function as a slave off the Flashpoint. If I am off camera how do I trigger the Flashpoint? Will my existing radio triggers work? Lastly do they work well in a real estate environment?

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How Exactly Does a Real Estate Photographer Take a Vacation?

July 3rd, 2017

Chris in California says:

I’ve been shooting real estate for about a year now and business is starting to really pick up. I’m shooting between 4 and 7 properties a week and some of them are for somewhat demanding clients. They want the photos done when they want them, and there can be few exceptions. Coming up in a few months, my girlfriend and I have two trips (that will total three weeks) that have been long planned and I’m starting to worry. How exactly does a real estate photographer take a vacation?

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Mastering Luxury Real Estate Photography, 3 Day Workshop Intensive, Orange County, CA , Sept 11, 12 and 13, 2017

July 2nd, 2017

Professional Techniques for Mastering Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop Intensive | September, 11th, 12th and 13th, 2017 | Irvine, California | Limited to 16 Participants

We are proud to bring to you a 3-Day Real Estate Workshop Intensive that will put you on the fast track to creating more powerful real estate imagery. This workshop intensive will supercharge your ability to create compelling real estate images, teach you how to easily and effectively use off camera lighting to showcase properties better than your competition and enable you to create more dramatic images in an easy to understand four step post-production process.

For more details and signup click here.

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How Can You Monitor Still Shoots While on Location?

June 30th, 2017

Hamish in Bristol, UK says:

I’ve been shooting video with another photographer on site recently and noticed him using an iPad to monitor his shots via Bluetooth or Wifi or something. There was no physical connection. It also looked like he had some programme running that could add basic LR-style post-production automatically as each photo came in, making for excellent monitoring.

I would be interested to know how people approach on-location monitoring of stills.

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How Do You Light a Long Deep Interior Space?

June 29th, 2017

Roy in Los Angeles says:

This has been plaguing me for a long time now and I guess I have just been editing my way around this sometimes blending multiple brackets: How does one shoot a long, deep interior space (condo or apt) that has an outside view at the far end (large window, terrace, or balcony) with nowhere to hide lighting at the sides and a kitchen behind you with nothing really to bounce flash off of? Is bracketing the only way? If I shot a flash toward the far end, I get shadows. I always set up my flash close to my camera and bounce where ever I can but the foreground ends up on the bright side and deeper in toward the outside view, the walls and ceiling are dark.

Not only the above scenario but usually shooting kitchens, the same problem– nothing behind me to bounce flash off of!!!

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How Do I Use a Tilt-Shift Lens?

June 28th, 2017

Ashley in SC says:

My wife and I started in real estate photography about a year ago and love it! We have purchased and are using a 17mm and 24mm Canon Tilt Shift lenses. I would like to know if there is any book or video that can teach us more about the use of these lenses in real estate photography. I feel like there is still something we are missing. One question we have is about the height of the tripod and how it affects the output image in relation to the subject and possible distortion.

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Alternatives for Putting Your Flash on a Door Top

June 27th, 2017

Bob who purchased Lighting Interiors said:

One bit of advice in the book that bothered me was the suggestion to balance flashes from the tops of doors. I’ve attached my alternative in case you are in a mood for a DIY solution. (See image to the right)

Bob, you are the latest of a long line of people who have come up with great alternatives for balancing your flash on the top of a door as Scott Hargis suggests in his book. Putting the flash on top of the door is a great fast way to light small bathrooms and small bedrooms but many people have broken flashes this way. So here is a recap of ways to keep the flash from falling: Continue Reading »

What Is the Best Way to Allow Clients to Pay with Credit Cards?

June 26th, 2017

Eric in Florida says:

Years ago I accepted credit cards, but the fees got too expensive. Most of my clients pay with a check and some cash at the shoot. I invoice some of my good agents and receive payment in a week or two.  Some clients pay late but will offer their credit card which I can’t accept at this time. What is the least expensive way to take credit cards?

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