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Creating and Printing Flyers for Real Estate Agents

August 19th, 2018

John in St Louis asks:

Can you recommend a flyer and brochure printing service that services the real estate industry?

There is nothing special about the needs of the real estate industry in the area of flyer/brochure printing. Many businesses use flyers and brochures. Here are some approaches for real estate flyers and brochures:

  1. Take your PDF to a local FedEx, UPS, Staples, or Office Depot store and have them do the printing. Most of these of these stores do printing nowadays. If the quantity is just a few hundred, they will do it the same day or while you wait.
  2. If you are a real estate photographer and are creating and printing these for a listing agent, and ask them if their office does free printing for them. Many real estate offices have a large printer and let agents use it to print flyers for free to encourage listing agents to do better marketing. If this is the case, just supply your client with a PDF; they can do the printing for free.
  3. If you are a real estate photographer providing a service to listing agents or a listing agent and printing flyers is a regular event, then get serious and buy a laser printer. This is much cheaper in the long run than having someone else print the flyers. You can get a laser printer for just over $300, and a set of color laser printer toner cartridges costs around $300.
  4. If you are doing something a little fancier than just double sided flyers on 20 lb paper. You can use https://www.ExpressCopy.com/. I used to print high gloss jumbo postcards for all our new listings and mail them to the surrounding neighborhood. These are fairly expensive.
  5. Vistaprint has always been great and they have a white label option so you can send prints directly to your clients without the Vistaprint branding on them.

Be careful when getting involved in supplying flyers to real estate agents. There are many steps in this service that can be an energy and time sync. Make sure you are charging enough to recover all your time and expenses. You can easily spend more time supplying 100 flyers than doing a real estate shoot!

The Shocking Truth about Lightroom’s HDR

August 17th, 2018

Be sure to see Scott Kelby’s follow up post here.

Where to Buy and Sell Used Camera Gear

August 16th, 2018

Kiera in California says:

I have been a reader of this blog for many years & appreciate all you have done for this community. Albeit, I am more of a reader than a poster.

I have a severe back injury and have a great set of gear that I am now selling. I will end up buying lighter weight equipment down the road after back surgery.

I was thinking that it could be a great set up for a brand new RE Photographer who happens to be a Canon person too.

Do we have a marketplace here?

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Bristol Drone Time-Lapses by Beeston Media, Bristol, UK

August 15th, 2018

This post is republished from BeestonMedia.com, thanks to Hamish Beeston.

Flying a drone to film aerials for your corporate video production in the middle of a city is no easy task; at least in the UK.

There are a huge number of rules and regulations which (NB I’m not a drone pilot) seem to me to boil down to needing to be more than 50m away from anyone not ‘in your control’. And this is 50m horizontally from a line straight down from your drone, however high up it is. So this pretty much rules out flying over roads, houses, shops etc unless you can get the permission of every single person inside… tough to do in a busy city like Bristol. Continue Reading »

Here’s Another Reason to Put Your Portfolio Website on PFRE Comments

August 15th, 2018

Nearra, the senior editor of TheSkunkPot.com asked:

Hi, I’m Nearra, a senior editor at TheSkunkPot.com. I want to know how to buy unique pics about kitchen decoration and design. I need the pics for my website.

A great way to find interior photos that you’d like to license for use on your website is to look at the links to interiors photographers portfolio websites on the PFRE website. There are two general ways: Continue Reading »

How Do You Get a NiceFoto NFlash Repaired?

August 13th, 2018

Zoltan in Miami asks:

I have a question/warning for PFRE readers. Where can I get my NiceFoto NFlash680A flash repaired?

I have been desperately trying to reach the manufacturer. I have been sending emails to them every day for 4 days but I get zero response.

The phone number on their website is wrong. I managed to call them as all I had to eliminate was one 0 from the phone number provided but they do not speak English well enough to be of any help.

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Being a Real Estate Photographer vs. Being a Listing Agent

August 12th, 2018

Eric asked:

Recently, my wife became a listing agent and would like the same professional images that I provide for all of my other agent clients. Larry, when you worked for your wife, did you offer your photography services to your wife free, at a discount, or at list price?

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How to Start a Photography Business – by Serge Ramelli

August 10th, 2018

How Do You Control Window Brightness When Shooting Video?

August 9th, 2018

I wanted to do a follow-up post that addressed Hamish Beeston’s (one of the PFRE video jurors) comments on Jared Saulnier’s winning video.

For those who didn’t see Hamish’s comment on the video, here it is: Continue Reading »

Mastering Real Estate Photography by Matthew Stallone

August 8th, 2018

Many PFRE readers know Matthew Stallone because he has been a PFRE reader and contributor for many years.

Matthew has recently created a video course for real estate photography:

PFRE readers can use the coupon code: matthew25 for a $25 savings.

Scott Hargis, Mike Kelley, & Wayne Capili Photography Workshops

August 8th, 2018

Scott, Mike, and Wayne (as Allan says below, “the holy trinity” of interior photography) have created a new workshop series. These are not “real estate photography” workshops. They won’t be talking about how to shoot wide, work fast, or be low priced. These workshops will be geared towards making the best possible photo, period – no constraints.

The workshops will be as follows:

  • Kansas City: Nov 30th through Dec 2nd. Two days of shooting; one-day classroom.
  • Palm Springs: Nov 16, one-day Seminar. Nov 17, one-day Seminar and Nov 18 one-day Seminar (added). These one-day seminars will be a very intense experience designed to kick-start the experienced interiors photographer to another level.
  • Click here for more details and to sign up Continue Reading »

What Should Real Estate Photographers Charge for Rental/Leasing Photos?

August 7th, 2018

Alan in the Seattle area asks:

While mostly shooting residential, I’ve been asked to shoot commercial real estate. The photos will be used to lease the properties. I have no idea what to charge for this type of project.  Do you have any advice?

Photos used for renting and leasing property are typically used over and over whereas sale photos are used once. Here are some things to think about: Continue Reading »

Who Owns the Copyright for Real Estate Images?

August 6th, 2018

Jack in Florida says:

I’m starting to get confused about who actually owns copyright privileges to the images that are posted on the MLS. Our local area Real Estate Association seems to think that they do once they are on MLS. They even put their Association logo on the images posted to MLS. Do real estate photographers lose their copyright privileges once they’re put on MLS and the internet?

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Reordering Images for Delivery

August 5th, 2018

Ashley in South Carolina asks:

I have a realtor who has asked us to upload our images delivered to them in a particular order (living areas, kitchen, & so on, with bedrooms last). I don’t want to change our on-site workflow from starting at the top of the house and working to the bottom so my question is: Does anyone have any method in Lightroom for designating images in a certain order, tagging them, or exporting them, so they will now be in a sequential order that the realtor wants?

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Here Is What Real Estate Video Should Look Like

August 3rd, 2018

KristineLemannBack in 2007, when Open2View.com was starting to expand into the US, I had lunch with the head of Open2View and he pointed out this video and told me about Brett Clements who shot the video and won the Australian award for best property video in 2008. Continue Reading »