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Some Cautions about Online Backup

May 21st, 2018

Justin in Oregon says:

I wanted to provide your readers a cautionary tale that may come in handy regarding online backup solutions. Up until recently, I had used Backblaze to backup my data and been happy with their service. I had never had to use a complete restore but felt confident that all of my photos were maintained in the event I needed them. However, a few months ago after some computer problems, I did a complete reinstall of my operating system. Because of the way Backblaze identifies the computer that holds the license, my old license was not transferred over. After contacting support, I was directed to start a new backup. Not only would that take many months, the data exceeded the monthly allotment by my ISP, requiring me to pay additional monthly fees. To compound the problem, I had to do another reinstall of my OS a few weeks later, and start the process over. After exchanging many messages with Backblaze support, I was told that online backup may not be for me given the size of my data (over 5 TB) and that they recommend their service to people who can successfully backup all their data in 30 days or less.

In summary, if you use Backblaze and have a lot of data, any time you get a new computer or reinstall the OS, you will likely need to back up everything starting from the beginning. This could take many months and cause you to pay hefty fees to your ISP for the data usage, amounting to many multiples of the annual cost of the Backblaze service. If others have successfully used online backup options, I would appreciate knowing how they’ve worked out.

I think Justin’s cautions are good things to consider when you are planning your photo backup. My reaction to Justin’s comments in general are as follows:

  1. I use cloud storage for a lot of things but I don’t use it to backup all the digital photos I’ve shot in the past 19 years since I started using digital. I have multiple copies like Hunter in the video above describes. It would just take to long to get them all there.
  2. My first reaction to Justin’s comments about “hefty fees from your ISP” was what fees? But to my surprise, I also have a data transfer cap on my internet I wasn’t even aware of. I have just never gone over the monthly cap! ISPs are moving toward charging you more and giving you less.

So what do readers think? Is storing all your photos in the cloud practical for anyone?

What Is a Flexible Delivery and Payment Photo Delivery Service?

May 20th, 2018

Aaron in Ohio says:

I am wondering if anyone knows of a good site for image delivery and payment for this particular circumstance.

I charge a flat fee for 25 images and the $10 per additional image. It helps with accountability and itchy trigger finger realtors.

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Now Available for One on One Coaching: Two Time POTM Winner Gary Kasl

May 18th, 2018

San Diego Photographer Gary Kasl is now available for One on One coaching.

Gary has won two photographer of the month contests:

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Sony Fanboy Kevin Raber Talks About Innovation

May 18th, 2018

What Should Real Estate Photographers Charge for Rental Photos?

May 17th, 2018

Mike in the Seattle area asks:

What should I charge for real estate photos that I’ve shot for selling the property and now the new owner wants to use my photos for their newly acquired rental property? Same amount as the listing? Twice the amount since they can reuse the photos?

My guess is that the majority of real estate photographers shooting rental property photos charge the same for shooting rentals as homes for sale and completely blow off the licensing differences. Here are some things to think about: Continue Reading »

Lens Hoods – Why Use One? by Phil Steel

May 16th, 2018

Diane in NJ asked a simple question:

Should I always be using a lens hood?

I have to admit that I rarely use my lens hoods but that’s a result of being lazy about keeping track of them and keeping them in my camera bag. After watching Phil Steel’s video, I realize I should be using them!

So, the best answer to Diane’s question is: Yes, always use your lens hood when shooting real estate.

What Size Photos Should Real Estate Photographers Deliver?

May 15th, 2018

Last week, John asked about the size of photos he should deliver to his clients:

Yesterday I had an agent tell me the 800 x 600 pixels are too small. Up until now, no one really complained about it. He also said the minimum should be 1600 x 1200 but he prefers 2048 x 1536. What is the standard everyone is using today?

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What Is the Best Real Estate Photography Lens for Canon Full Frame DSLRs?

May 14th, 2018

A while back, Erin in New York asked:

I just upgraded to a Canon 5D MK IV, and want to get into real estate photography in the NYC area. I have a background in videography, but real estate photography is still relatively new to me.

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Significant New Events in the Evolution of 360 Real Estate Tours

May 13th, 2018

REmarketingFelix in Florida recently sent me a link to a new service that Ricoh, the 360 camera maker has launched for Realtors:

Ricoh Tours

I’ve followed the evolution of 360 tours for many years because I used to do 360 tours like the one on the right for all my wife’s listings. Back in 2000, it was hard work to put these tours together!

Over the past few years, 360 tours are gaining in popularity mostly because of the popularity of Matterport tours. But not all agents are willing to invest in what it takes to deliver Matterport tours to their clients. Another factor is cameras that do all the hard work of creating 360 images are getting cheaper and cheaper. Continue Reading »

How to Be a Successful Photographer – by Jason Lanier

May 11th, 2018

How to Transfer Your Shoot Images Back to Your Home Office for Post-Processing

May 10th, 2018


Adam in Atlanta asks:

Have you ever discussed the transferring of image files from the field (at a shoot) back to a computer at the office so someone can post-process the images?

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What Software Do You Use to Create Floor Plans?

May 9th, 2018

LaserMeasuringManny in New York asks:

What Floor Plan creation software or app do you recommend? There are so many out there, it’s hard to choose.

This sounds like an easy question but it’s not. The first thing you need to do is analyze your local market so you clearly understand what your clients are willing to pay for and what kind of floor plans you are willing to create. On the high-end, there are products like Matterport, which is in high demand in upper-end markets. On the lower end, you can use an app like, where you scan rooms and make the floor plans yourself. But typically, clients want floor plans integrated with photos and video in a home tour. This tour integration is available in products like and

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How to Get Great Real Estate Photos Using a Cellphone

May 8th, 2018

Marilyn in Michigan, who is a Realtor’s assistant who shoots listing photos asks the following:

What do your readers think of high-end cell phones for real estate photography?

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Why Is One-Point Perspective so Popular in Swedish Real Estate Photography?

May 7th, 2018

Fredrik in Sweden asks:

This past year, I have seen quite a lot of real estate pictures being shot “straight on,” with nothing but straight (or rather, as straight as they could get them aligned) lines. Is this some sort of new phase? Or why are they repeatedly doing this in the majority of the shots? You can see examples of this at the local real estate listing website.

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What’s in a Luxury Real Estate Photography Gear Kit?

May 6th, 2018

This post is by Marc Weisberg. To see the complete post click here

Marc describes his business as follows:

In addition to servicing my clientele, I also run a series of workshops throughout the year in Southern California, Las Vegas, Arizona, New York City, and beyond. In the workshops, I teach photographers how to be better real estate photographers; how to work with off-camera lighting; how to composite and retouch, and how to make more money. The workshops are a rigorous 3 days of intense learning and a fun gathering of attendees from all over the country.

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