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Davinci Resolve 15 a Free Full-Featured Video Editor

September 20th, 2018

Greg in British Columbia says:

I wanted to recommend Davinci Resolve to you and your readers. It is a fantastic non-linear editing (video editing) system. When I see or hear of people trying to do video editing with iMovie I wonder if maybe they have never heard of Davinci Resolve. With the new version 15, it lacks nothing. The best part is it is free.

On Greg’s recommendation, I have downloaded the free version of Davinci Resolve 15 and have been trying it out. So far it looks promising to me!

Are there any Davinci Resolve 15 users out there?

Zillow Sued for $81 Million by Real Estate Photographer

September 19th, 2018

Lani Rosales over at TheAmericanGenius.com wrote an interesting article describing the lawsuit that one of our real estate photographer community members (George Gutenberg – Jan 2014 PFRE photographer of the month) has filed against Zillow. For full details, see Lani’s description of the lawsuit.

This is not the first such lawsuit. We reported on VHT’s similar suit last year.

As Lani points out, this is a convoluted subject and there are many interests involved. It shouldn’t require multi-million dollar lawsuits to all parties involved with real estate photos to obey copyright law. In the past, there hasn’t been a strong voice for real estate photographers but recently, there has been a movement to create an association of real estate photographers. Hopefully, this will ultimately solve this problem. In the meantime, kudos to George for standing up for his (and our) rights!

My Interpretation of the Real Estate Photography Lighting Poll

September 18th, 2018

Since the way real estate photographers approach lighting interior spaces is such a key aspect of real estate photography, I thought it would be useful to talk more about the recent lighting poll. Here are some points I think are significant:

  1. The 4 techniques in this poll have always been the most popular in past polls over the years.
  2. Bracketing with either HDR or Enfuse processing is popular because it is fast and post-processing can be easily outsourced. This is a natural starting place for beginners and in many markets, it is “good enough” for most clients.
  3. Adding a flash to your bracketing process can raise the quality of results significantly with little to no effort.
  4. Multiple manual off-camera flashes can give you great quality but learning this technique takes some practice and until you get good at it, it can take more time on site.
  5. The compositing of flash and ambient frames has become popular because it’s a way to significantly increase the quality of your work if you take the time to learn blending techniques in Photoshop.

I thought it was informative in yesterdays post, in Rich and Brian’s interview with Scott DuBose, it was pointed out that Scott described how he progressed through most of these 4 techniques over the years and currently uses compositing of flash and ambient because it gives him the best quality in the shortest amount of time. So as usual, there is no one right way; it’s a matter of finding the technique that works the best for your workload and market.

How Scott DuBose Combines Efficiency and Quality

September 17th, 2018

I just got around to listening to Rich and Brian’s interview with Scott DuBose.

I was particularly interested in this interview with Scott because he has been participating in the PFRE blog community for a very long while. Scott won Photographer of the Month for January 2012.

I think Scott is a great example of a PFRE success story because: Continue Reading »

Amazon Prime Subscribers Have Reliable, Unlimited Free Cloud Photo Storage

September 16th, 2018

Alex Armitage’s recent article over at Fstoppers gives a great explanation of the free unlimited cloud photo storage that Amazon Prime subscribers get with their Prime subscription.

There are several important aspects to this alternative for photo storage: Continue Reading »

Villa Tropicbird – Ultra Luxury Private Villa in Seychelles Islands

September 14th, 2018

I can’t resist commenting on this inspiring property video. The property is in Seychelles Islands north and east of Madagascar. Here’s what got my attention: Continue Reading »

Recent Nikon and Canon Mirrorless Announcements–Anything Important for Real Estate Photographers?

September 13th, 2018

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been watching the announcements and reviews of the Nikon Z and Canon EOS R mirrorless to see if there was anything in the announcements that may be important to real estate photographers.

I don’t think there was! I think a primary consideration for someone just getting in the real estate photography business is to look for gear that is good for both stills and video because of the increasing importance of video in real estate marketing. My summary of the announcement is as follows: Continue Reading »

POLL: What Is Your Main Lighting Technique for Real Estate Photography?

September 12th, 2018

A couple of days ago, I ran across Matthew Stallone’s great little tutorial on HDR vs. Multiflash real estate photography. It made me think of how much real estate lighting techniques have changed over the past few years and how it may help someone starting out in this field to get a big picture overview of what the main real estate lighting techniques are and which ones are being used the most. We’ve done polls like this in the past but not since flash compositing (as Matthew explains in his video) has been so popular.

Here is a summary of the major real estate photography lighting techniques: Continue Reading »

Two Workshops by Ethan Tweedie: Oct 12 and 13 2018

September 11th, 2018

Ethan Tweedie, a long time PFRE contributor, juror, and coach will be teaching at the I Heart Photography – Conference and Expo, Grapevine, Texas, October 12th and 13th.

Ethan will be teaching two workshops:

  1. On Location Architectural Shooting Tricks and Techniques for Magazine Quality Images, Friday, October 12th, 9:30am – 1:30pm; Excursion Fee: $67
  2. Architectural Photography Post Production, from Bland to Beautiful, Saturday, October 13th

Click here for more details and to sign up.

Help! A Top Client Won’t Agree to My Terms of Service!

September 10th, 2018

Polina in Florida says:

I have a pissed off client who doesn’t want to agree to any of the terms on my Limited License Release for Real Estate shoot. To make matters worse, he is the owner of a small agency that supplies 50% of my shoots and refers a lot of new agents to me. He said that I get free publicity from him as it is and that should be enough.

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Sony’s Ghosting Problem with the A6000, A6300, A6500, and A7

September 9th, 2018

I need to revisit the post I did on August 28th on the question that Kelvin Hammond raised about flare that he was getting from ceiling lights.

Kelvin has done more research on this problem and has found that: Continue Reading »

A Hollywood Approach to Real Estate Video by Tri-Blend Media

September 7th, 2018

How to Shoot Real Estate Video by Parker Walbeck

September 6th, 2018

Recently, I ran across this amazing little video tutorial that is a very concise and surprisingly complete tutorial on how to shoot real estate video. In it, Parker Walbeck goes through the following subjects:

  1. Landing gigs
  2. What to charge
  3. Pre-planning
  4. Camera gear
  5. Camera settings
  6. Composition
  7. Setting focus
  8. Camera movements
  9. Lighting
  10. Shooting order

This video is an ad for Parker’s real estate PRO mini course but it is very useful just by itself!

An Introduction to iGUIDE

September 5th, 2018

As professional real estate photographers, we’re often looking for the next product, service, or technology that could help set us apart from the competition and grow our business. Our mandate at PFRE is to help real estate photographers be successful and one of the ways we do that is by keeping you informed and up to date on products and technologies that are available to our industry.

I recently got the chance to catch up with Kevin Klages, President and CEO of Planitar. Planitar is the maker of the iGUIDE camera system that uses laser and visual data to document a property. Below are the topics we discussed with timestamps included: Continue Reading »

What if a Client Schedules You to Shoot During Open House?

September 4th, 2018

Dori in Michigan asks:

I just recently did a shoot that was scheduled at the same time as an open house. I was not  informed that this was going to happen. I did the best I could with what I was given, however my client is not happy with the product because there were items on the counters and the listing was not straightened up. Has anyone else had to photograph a property while an open house was happening? If so, how did you handle it? This is the first time this has happened for me.

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