Real Estate Photography Short Subjects

October 16th, 2008

Orphan works bill wins a quiet victory in congress:  Unfortunately, the orphan works bill is making progress. See Photo Attorney and for more details. According to the ipaorphanworks blog, Google and Microsoft are behind the scenes promoting the orphan works bill.

Photo naming can provide Realtors some “Google Juice”: Eric Bryant gives some suggestions over on about how use photo naming as a way to get more Google Juice.

HDR most controversial processing technique in digital: Mike Johnston, over at The Online Photographer, explains why HDR is controversial. Mike says, “The problem with it seems to be that some (most?) people who practice it overdo it, creating images with an instantly identifiable “look,” one that is often bizarrely surreal. This tends to polarize opinions: some love it, others hate it.”

Canon G10 missing HD video and time lapse: A Canon G10 review at The Online Photographer confirms what the specs page says about the G10, ” I was disappointed to find that the G10 no longer shoots “HD” video. The G9 could shoot video at 1024 x 768 pixels at 15 fps. The G10 shoots a maximum 640 x 480 pixels at 30fps. The G10 does not have the G9’s time lapse options either. In other words, it has fewer video options than the G9″.

Panasonic LX3 is getting good reviews: The new LX3 which is similar to the Canon G9 and G10 is getting some good reviews. Here are more details. To me this looks like a better choice than the G10.

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10 Responses to “Real Estate Photography Short Subjects”

  • While I agree that HDR is over used by most, I think it is a great tool for those who use it right in real estate photography.

  • The good news is that the Orphan bill died in the house. However, we will need to keep an eye out next year.

  • Re: Panasonic LX3
    I’ve looked at the manual and darn. Without a custom timer that can be set up to 30 second delay, this camera isn’t suitable for atop my pole (i.e., pole aerial photography). It takes almost that long to get my pole up to 30+ feet above street level. I like many features of the Canon G9 (i.e., Raw & movie stuff) but also want a wider angle lens. Too bad the G10 gives me a wider lens without the movie stuff. I’d love to try the time laps mode with HDR.

  • Larry- interesting on the G10 lacking HQ video or time lapse! I have a G9 I use often and had eyed the G10 when it came out with the wider lens. Now I am glad I stayed put.
    My G9 with the Raynox HD-7000 wide angle adapter attached via a LensMate adapter gives me 24.5mm at the wide end, wider than the G10 natively. I like to use it for elevated shots as you have suggested, and setting the intervalometer for a number of raw exposures on one elevation of the G9 is very handy for this.

    That’s a bit of a relief from the upgrading madness as I am still recovering from a D700 purchase and wrestling with a lust for the Nikon 24-70 F/2.8 and the 14-24! For now the Sigma EX 12-24 is working quite well for me past 11mm on FX and I have the Sigma 10-20 for the DX body or to shoot in DX crop mode.

  • I am actually quite curious to know if any real estate photographers are using HDR exclusively for their images. I experimented with it more this weekend and am processing the images now. I will post a few tot he Flickr group for this site once I have them online.

  • Chester- To answer your question about how many real estate photographers use HDR according to a poll I did a while ago 11% of PFRE readers use HDR:

    See poll #5

  • Phil- Yes, I think the G9 with the Raynox converter is still one of the best choices if you want time lapse and HD video. I need to pick up a Raynox converter for mine.

  • Thanks Larry – I wonder if it is time to revisit that, or maybe do a related poll to see what realtors would prefer?

  • Chester- Unfortunately, I can’t poll Realtors effectively. Only about 30% of PFRE readers are Realtors and they are the most photo savvy Realtors. So a poll on PFRE would not answer the question you are asking.

    My anecdotal observations of Realtors suggests that they don’t know or care if you use HDR or what process you use to get to your results. They care about what the result looks like. If your your HDR results don’t look unusual they are going to like it.

    I think the work of Dan Achatz (, David Palermo ( and Sylvia Guardia ( are excellent examples of how HDR can be done very effectively. Their work is I believe quite popular with Realtors and you have too look carefully and be photographically savvy to tell it’s done with HDR.

  • Good reference points, I’ll look them up. Thanks!

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