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How to Shoot and Edit a Twilight Exterior Shot – by Oliver Pohlmann

February 16th, 2018

What to Do If You Are Asked to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement

February 15th, 2018

Allen in Florida says:

I’ve been working for Circlepix for about three years. They were a nice company to work for. I’m wondering how VHT buying Circlepix will change things.

Before I started with them, I was doing my own and just not getting enough business. I still have those clients and of course, I make much more money doing the privates. The non-compete clause is troublesome for me. I’m not giving up my privates under any circumstances. I just need/want more clients.

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Is There More Interest in Video Marketing in 2018?

February 14th, 2018

Last week, a number of things occurred that suggest to me that there is a huge increase in online video activity so I think Mia and Alberto Artez’s promo video they sent me is right on target–you should have video in your 2018 business plan: Continue Reading »

Expanding Your Real Estate Marketing Services to Virtual Staging, Video, and Floor Plans

February 13th, 2018

Ashley in South Carolina asks:

We’ve been asked to add video, virtual staging, and floor plans to our real estate photography services. What resources can you suggest in these areas?

These are very common ways to expand a real estate photography business. Here are some useful resources: Continue Reading »

How Do Real Estate Photographers Eliminate Shadows from Ceiling Fans?

February 12th, 2018

Steven in New Jersey asks:

How do I eliminate the upward light shadow caused by ceiling fan blades onto the ceiling?

Rich Baum explains in the video tutorial to the right how to remove the shadow in Photoshop.

But you can also quickly and easily eliminate ceiling fan shadows by the way you position multiple off-camera flashes. Scott Hargis’s e-book, The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors has a whole chapter on eliminating shadows from ceiling fans and other dangling things by flash placement.

How Can You Tell How Many Days a Property Has Been on the Market?

February 11th, 2018

Jack in Florida asks:

Is there a way to determine how many days a property has been on the market and sold after images of the property are marketed on the internet?

Most agents will upload photos at the same time they create a listing. In fact, most MLSs require photos these days. So time on the market is the same as days with images.

The best way to tell how long a property has been on the market is to look at the listing on the MLS. Zillow also shows how long a property has been on the market under the heading “Facts and Features.” Continue Reading »

Panasonic GH5 for Shooting Real Estate Video – by Grant Johnston

February 9th, 2018

Rich Baum Workshop Tour Announces 3 More Workshops

February 8th, 2018

The newly announced workshops are:

  • Auburn, CA – March 21-22
  • Seattle, WA – April 9-10
  • Seattle, WA – April 12-13

If you have watched Rich Baum’s YouTube videos, you can now spend two full days with Rich for a hands-on photography workshop learning all the techniques he teaches in his videos.

 Click here for more details and to signup Continue Reading »

Why Don’t the Architectural Digest and Dwell Websites Give Photo Credit to Photographers?

February 7th, 2018

Craig in Virginia asked:

I’ve noticed that seemingly legitimate websites like AD and Dwell are featuring MANY homes using photo citations such as “Photos Courtesy of Coldwell Banker” or “Courtesy from listing on Trulia.” One in particular from today (1/30/18) is this one.

These are full feature articles written by staff writers of prestigious magazines. Why can’t do the work to look up and see who the photographer was? Never mind that they are potentially using them without proper permission. Is there any way for us to force these journalists to give credit where it’s due?

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Congratulations to Jordan Powers – PFRE Videographer of the Month for January 2018

February 6th, 2018

Congratulations to Jordan Powers, in Mankato, Minnesota who has won the January 2018  PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest. Here is Jordan’s stunning video. The jurors were very impressed with Jordan’s video. Continue Reading »

The Cost of US Photo Copyright Registration Increases on Feb 20th – Do You Register Your Photos?

February 5th, 2018

Kerry in Iowa points out that:

It looks like beginning Feb 20th, 2018, we (US Photographers) will be limited to 750 photos per registration. (See: this page). Based on the number of photos I registered last year, the new rule is going to increase my registration fees this year by at least $110. I’m sure it will affect others as well.

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Shooting Spaces – A Real Estate Photography Podcast

February 4th, 2018

There’s a new real estate photography podcast hosted by Rich Baum and Brian Berkowitz called Shooting Spaces – A Real Estate Photography Podcast.

You can find this podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and all the other standard places you subscribe to podcasts or you can listen to the podcast at the Shooting Spaces website.

Note that when searching for this podcast, you can just search for “real estate photography” because it has that string in the name.

Update: Also, as I point out to Jerry below, you can listen to this podcast anywhere, anytime on your smartphone by downloading a podcast app and subscribing to the podcast on the app. You don’t have to listen to this podcast on their website.

Photoshop CC’s New Subject Selection Feature May Speed Up Sky Replacements

February 2nd, 2018

Which 360 Video Camera Should You Buy for Real Estate Tours?

February 1st, 2018

Manuel in New Jersey asked:

What is the best 360 camera for real estate?

This might seem like a simple question but it’s not. There are a huge number cameras that shoot 360s on the market and more coming on the market every day. First, here are my assumptions about the real estate part of this question: Continue Reading »

The Power of Informally Narrated Walk-Through Property Video

January 31st, 2018

I recently noticed a comment in the PFRE Flickr discussion group by Joe Zekas in Chicago that has some very valuable insights. Joe says:

I published our first real estate video 10 years ago and now have more than 3,000 online. Some lessons learned, with an assist from YouTube Analytics and viewer response:

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