What Are Your Experiences with the New Adobe Creative Cloud Applications?

November 5th, 2017

I’ve had several readers ask what to do about the recent changes to Lightroom. Lee in WA said:

I’m confused. I want to stay (mostly) with the now-renamed Lightroom Classic CC , using my desktop storage, but want to access a couple new features unique within the new Lightroom CC. So, I’d like to just resort to the new Lightroom CC for only a small portion of my images, in order to live with their 20GB cloud storage limit.

Where’s everyone headed? Wait until the new CC settles and stabilizes?

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Marc Weisberg’s Mastering Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop Feb 5th, 6th and 7th 2018 in Southern California

November 3rd, 2017

Marc Weisberg, a luxury real estate photographer, and Sony Artisan will be conducting a three-day intensive workshop on mastering luxury real estate photography in Irvine California on Feb 5th, 6th & 7th, 2018.

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Where Is the Most Demand for Real Estate Photography?

November 2nd, 2017

Jack in Washington DC asks:

I’m considering relocating my business (currently in DC) to either Miami or Tampa/Orlando. Do you have any insights on which market is harder to break into for real estate/interiors photography?
My initial thought is Miami may have more opportunity, but the sheer volume of photographers is also higher and I’ll be up against the some of the best photographers in the country. In Tampa/Orlando there may be less opportunity, but I may land more gigs based on the quality of my work.

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What Can a Real Estate Photographer Do if the Client Doesn’t Pay?

November 1st, 2017

Bruce in CT says:

This past spring we shot a home for an agent who was referred to us by one of our clients. When it was time to deliver the images, we requested a payment and since the agent was not on the shoot, we sent her an electronic invoice asking her to pay it online and the images would then be released.

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What Is the Best Camera Flash Setup for Working Quickly?

October 31st, 2017

Last week I got two similar questions about which flashes to use for real estate photography. Shane said:

I’m switching to the Scott Hargis style lighting for my real estate clients. I’ve shot interiors in the past using studio strobes and umbrellas etc. and will continue to do that when appropriate, but I want to know the best off camera flash set up for working quickly. I’m thinking one in the left hand on a monopod and one or two somewhere else in larger spaces.

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What Camera Should I Buy for Real Estate Photography?

October 30th, 2017

Ally, who is getting started in real estate photography asked:

I’m getting started in real estate photography and am looking to buy a camera. What camera would you recommend? I know it’s more about the lenses, but I definitely need a good camera too.

You are right. In real estate photography, you will need a good wide-angle lens with the camera. The Sony A6000 is my top recommendation for someone getting started in real estate photography. See my Recommended Real Estate Photography page for more details. Also, see Wayne Capili’s post about the Sony A6000.

Although you can get by with the lens that frequently comes bundled with the A6000 (the 16-50 mm lens) the best lens for real estate photography is the Rokinon 12mm f/2.

What Has Changed in Real Estate Photography in the Past Couple of Years?

October 29th, 2017

Last week Dave asked:

I’ve been away from real estate photography for a  couple of years. I’m curious if there have been notable changes to how people are creating their real estate images. I’m still shooting 3-6 bracketed images and using the fusion (interior) setting in Photomatix (version 5) for jobs that I feel require a little more hand-holding. I may process some images using the LR Enfuse Plugin. Of my bracketed images I may include a frame or two with a flash to add a little “pop” to the whites or to offset over-exposed windows, etc. I’m still shooting an original Canon 7D from 2009 which despite multiple falls from tripod level, is working just fine.

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Creating 360 Images and Walk-Throughs is Far Easier than It’s Ever Been Before

October 26th, 2017

Phil in South Carolina said:

I just came across this site that appears to make hosting and embedding 360 Panos FAR easier than ever before.  I am so tempted to dive in since now Photoshop makes creating these 360 images a painless process.

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Eight Principles for Real Estate Photography Portfolio Sites

October 25th, 2017


I’ve talked to several people recently about their website. Some were struggling with what their domain name should be yet needed work on the basic principles. How your site presents you and your brand is more important than what it’s called.

Your portfolio of real estate images is at the center of your marketing. Your website is a way to present your business and yourself to people and let them know how to contact you. Malia Campbell’s site is a great example that follows these principles (except for #6 and #7 which are minor and easy to change). It’s one of my favorite real estate photographer sites. Continue Reading »

Congratulations Matt Rosendahl – October PFRE Photographer of the Month

October 24th, 2017

Congratulations to Matt Rosendahl of Northern California who the jury has voted PFRE Photographer of the Month for October. This is Matt’s first win!

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My MLS Told Me I Am Not Allowed to Sell My Photos to the New Agent Taking Over the Listing

October 23rd, 2017

Mike in Pennsylvania says:

I was just told by the MLS in my area that I am not allowed to sell my photos to the new agent taking over a listing that is on a different broker of record. She told me that the broker of record and the agent own the rights to the photos. I finally got her to admit that this was an internal thing through their multiple listing service. I believe this violates my rights. Agents are trying to sue MLS when another agent uses their photos but if they get written permission from the photographer it should be completely OK. She’s trying to tell me I have to get written permission from the agent for me to allow another agent to use the pictures. That’s bull crap!

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How Should Real Estate Videographers Deliver Video?

October 22nd, 2017

Craig in Virginia says:

I’m trying to compress video files into a size that is more digestible to my clients. I’m using (web-based) PremierPro CC 2017 and I am working on a MacBook Pro. Everything I’m producing is beautiful, with regard to clarity but are 400mb to 700mb in size.

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Hey – There Are Scammers Everywhere!

October 19th, 2017

Peggy in Alabama says:

Hey – just a heads up. There are scammers everywhere. I received a text yesterday asking me to shoot a reunion in Orlando. I asked them for their website. The number that texted me was listed on the site, along with 2-3 others. I went to their package offerings, and the link sent me to a completely different site. It did this on each of the packages I had looked at. I then called the number and the call was declined.

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Lightroom Transform Panel Is Essential Post-Processing Software for Real Estate Photographers

October 18th, 2017

Peter in the UK says:

I am trying to streamline my workflow and editing. Currently, the majority of work is done using Lightroom CC on a Mac. My main issue is the “transform” controls in Lightroom. Although this section of the software has automated settings (auto, vertical, etc.), 90% of the time, these fail and I have to resort to “guided” which is fine, but I feel it wastes a lot of time.

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Adobe Announces Cloud Version of Lightroom CC

October 18th, 2017