An Essential Step In Learning Real Estate Photography

July 30th, 2013

PFREflickrGroupSome PFRE readers may not realize what an essential step participating in a group like the PFRE flickr group is to learning real estate photography. You may think you are doing great but until you compare what you are doing to others in the business and get some peer review of your work you can’t be sure. Just today I saw a newbie getting an explanation of how important it is to have your verticals vertical. The vertical lecture seems to be a right of passage – at some point everyone needs it and eventually you need to give it to someone else!

There are several steps to go through to benefit from this great educational forum:

  1. Just look at the photos posted there each day. By just looking you can learn what good real estate photography looks like because many of the best real estate photographers in the world that actively participate, post photos and participate in the discussions in this forum.
  2. Post your own photos and get feedback from others. Don’t be overly sensitive. Expect people to be straight forward and tell you what you are doing wrong.
  3. Comment on photos of others or ask questions of the people that post photos.
  4. Participate in the discussions. The photo pool and the discussions are essentially independent. Anyone can participate in either or both.

Over the years (the forum has been operational since May of 2007) there have been many people that told me that participation in this forum played a significant part of their building a successful real estate photography business. I attribute this to the willingness of so many of the PFRE flickr forum members to help everyone.

All the links to PFRE blog related forums are listed down on the right-hand side-bar under the title “PFRE Flickr Links“. There are several forums, but the most popular and the largest is the world wide PFRE forum.

With the recent release of flickr apps for SmartPhones and tablets participation in the flickr forum is much easier from mobile devices.

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7 Responses to “An Essential Step In Learning Real Estate Photography”

  • I would like to add that some basic rules in real estate photography should be applied like making the house and room clean inside and out and remove persons inside the image that affects the quality of a room or property.

  • Great Post! As a real estate agent (I know, hiss, hiss, hiss) I have learned a lot from PFRE. When I compare my pictures to the ones that win Photog of the Month I do see a difference — I’m not as good. When I compare my pictures to the ones I see on my MLS system I see an even bigger difference — thanks to PFRE I’m much better. I have submitted pictures to the monthly contest. Never got a vote (under the new system which I like) — but I have gotten several “favorites”. But there is one problem — not enough feedback. Actually, I only got real feedback from once from one of the judges. It was negative, and rightly so. And he told me how to fix this problem, and I have. So thanks to this feedback, my pictures are better. Thanks. I wish all the real experts like this judge would give me more feedback. So, I recommend that judges (or anyone) be asked to make comments (good or bad) about all the pictures submitted to the monthly contest. I can take it, I need it, I would appreciate it.

  • Great point, Larry! I agree that peer feedback/critique is one of the best free resources you can have. Not only does it help you improve your own images, but it helps you understand how another person’s image could have been improved.

    I’ve seen plenty of shots that I thought, “That’s a great shot,” only to read the comments and revise my position to, “Oh yeah, I see how moving the camera to the left a couple feet would have made the composition even stronger”.

    If you’re a newbie and are afraid to post your picture, don’t worry about it. Even negative critique shows that someone out there cares enough to want to help you out, and that should be encouraging.

  • How/where do you upload images to be critiqued?

  • Thanks Ken, [I think]. I just spent an hour looking at the recents pictures, I’m amazed at how many good photographers are out there shooting real estate.

  • Is there a way to post images to the Flickr PFRE world wide forum without having them in my public Flickr photostream? I may have clients stumble on that and don’t want them witnessing the dialog that may take place over images I’ve done for them {I know, I know}.

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