How Get Images to the Cloud with an iPad While Driving to the Next Shoot

March 19th, 2017

We’ve talked before about sending your images to the cloud so someone else can process them while you go to your next shoot. John in NJ has an added twist: He wants to do it with his iPad.

John Says:

I’d like to find a quick easy solution to uploading photos and video to the cloud (use Dropbox now) while in my car driving from job to job. So when I get in front of my computer, the files are already uploaded. The car has unlimited 3G data that I can use. I don’t carry a laptop so I want to do it with my iPad. Also, I don’t have much RAM on my iPad so I need to be able to import straight to the cloud.

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Is Compositing Ambient and Flash Shots in Photoshop for You?

March 17th, 2017

Sharon recently asked the following:

I would love to know via a poll how many real estate photographers do a Lightroom to Photoshop composite process vs. lighting the way Scott Hargis does where you spend much less time post processing.  I see so many tutorials on YouTube for compositing, and it seems like it’s a very big time investment, if you’re processing 30 images.

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A Few Seats Are Still Available: Signup Now For April 7-8 Las Vegas Workshop

March 16th, 2017

Last call reminder for anyone still hoping to attend the Cooper-Colangelo Real Estate Photography Workshop in Las Vegas on April 7-8. Brandon and Tony have a diverse group of photographers joining them from all over North America. All skill levels are well represented and they’ve assured me that it’s going to be a jam-packed two days in the desert!

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The Majority of Realtors Believe that They Own Photos They Pay For

March 15th, 2017

It’s pretty clear that the majority of listing agents believe that they own the photos real estate photographers shoot for their listings. Here is some evidence: Continue Reading »

Drones Are Changing Real Estate Marketing

March 14th, 2017

Steven, a Realtor and real estate photographer in New Jersey recently told me:

The drone stories and questions have been a hot topic lately and every story or question on the site has drawn me like a fly to light. Before I had my drone I was dismayed at the lack of response I would receive when I brought up drones. Now that I own a drone there seems to be a steady but growing small demand for drone flights. I believe that at full maturity it has financial value. More than the drone revenue, it seems to be opening doors for agents who now take notice of my services and comment, “You provide done photos?”. It will be hard to calculate the totals but it does seem like the conversation and the drone are going to grow my regular photo business.

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New Homeowner Claims a Property Video Violates His Privacy

March 13th, 2017

Adam in Virginia says:

Recently a broker I work for, we can call him Fred, received a letter from an attorney. In the letter it stated that the current owner of a large estate that Fred had sold in November of 2016 had seen a marketing video put out by Fred’s firm. This video contained two exterior shots of his now owned property. He then threatened that if the video was not removed from the web, he was going to sue for privacy infringement.

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Photographing Yachts Is a Lot Like Real Estate Photography

March 12th, 2017

Last week, I heard from my old friend Allan Mackenzie who lives on the Australian Sunshine Coast. Allan has been a real estate photographer and filmmaker for a very long time.

Allan says:

Just wanted to share that people also live on luxury yachts. It’s interesting the principles applied to shooting stills and video for luxury yachts are much the same as working in the real estate sector.

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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.