Scott Hargis Now Has A Real Estate Photography Class On

March 7th, 2016

ScottOnLyndaThe following is a post by Scott Hargis explaining his new and expanding real estate photography lighting class on

A few months ago the Content and Production people at contacted me about producing videos for Real Estate photography. I’m pleased to announce today that we’ve sketched out a roadmap for a series of videos that will cover not only technique but also touch on business and “back end” processes that are so important for making this stuff pay off — literally.

In October, I traveled down to Santa Barbara California and we filmed our first course, which was kind of a test run. We chose a very simple room and I used it to demonstrate what I called the “Basic Bedroom” lighting technique. If you’ve read my book or watched my comprehensive video series, you know this one – it’s the ultimate quick-n-dirty lighting technique for small rooms, and it’s nearly idiot-proof. I can shoot a bedroom using this technique pretty much with my eyes closed. The photo won’t be quite “magazine” quality, but it’ll be plenty “good enough” for a fast real estate environment. Future courses will be intended to show techniques for going beyond the “good enough” level and into “excellent”.

You can see the “trailer” for this video here, and if you’re a subscriber, the entire 42-minute course has been live for a few weeks.

Like I said, this was supposed to be the simplest of simple shots. Well….mother nature apparently wanted to take me down a notch, because what started out as an easy “beginner” shot turned into kind of a wild ride as the sun played tricks and the shoot dragged on longer than expected. In the end I got a photo although neither the process or the finished shot look much like what I had originally envisioned!

Such is the nature of location photography, though, and overall we felt confident enough to plan for more videos. We’re shooting again in April, and we’ve got several more courses in pre-planning so these will likely continue to trickle out through 2017. The next course, (working title: “Fundamentals”) will go into more detail on a more complex shot, and I’ll even demo what I would do differently if I had, for example, 5 minutes to make the photo, or 10 minutes, or 15 minutes (an extravagantly long time in the wild-and-wooly world of real estate photography — in my architectural work we normally expect to spend upwards of an hour on even a “simple” photograph, and two or three hours is not exceptional).

So, is this a replacement for the Lighting For Real Estate Photography video series, or for The Essentials of Lighting Interiors eBook?

No. To be sure, there’s overlap, but there’s no way we’re going to be able to cover the breadth of situations and techniques that are in LFRE and Lighting Essentials. Instead, in the videos, I’ll be going into greater detail on the shots we do show, and trying to address the WHY of what’s going on in addition to the WHAT and HOW. But if you want to see absolutely everything I know, albeit fairly quickly….get the full video series, and/or read the book. These videos on will be a very good companion to either of those products.

Watch this space for more info – and follow me on Facebook if you want to see what’s happening in my world day-to-day!

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8 Responses to “Scott Hargis Now Has A Real Estate Photography Class On”

  • Congratulations, Scott. Your prior works have been great and I am sure the new materials will be as well. I look forward to watching them. And is a great choice for hosting time. For those who may not be familiar with, go take a look. For $25 a month, you get unlimited access to an incredible wealth of material. I have been a subscriber for several years.

  • I watched the course today! It was great! Thanks so much for sharing today 🙂 Look forward to see more content.

    Just a little tip for your readers. Public libraries often provide a subscription for free for their library card holders. That is how I am able to get access to Saved me a bundle!

  • @Brandi – Cool, I didn’t realize that public libraries did that.

  • Like Bruce above, I too have been a $25 a month subscriber to Helps me a treat with techniques I have forgotten, new apps and update changes. So I was most interested in seeing Scott’s video and I think it is marvelous for anyone starting out since it is rich with tips on not just how to start off shooting rooms for real estate but the basic equipment you need to have in order to do so. For the beginner it would have been useful for him to ID his camera as a full frame 35mm digital and lenses to match. Many will be using the smaller sensor and probably the different range of lenses that apply.

    And anyone going to watch the video needs to know that the orientation of his approach is to keep post processing to a minimum which is great advice for those needing to minimize time spent on the computer preparing the images for clients. And the problems he ran into as the filming extended way past any realistic amount of time he normally would have spent on shooting a rather minor bedroom are very typical of the types of problems most of us face when dealing with natural light which changes on us just as we are about to expose our shot and the sun pops out or has just moved away from where we wanted it and set up the shot to capture it. Excellent real life demonstration.

    That being said, I think he would be the first to say that his approach, while tried and true, is not the only approach to shooting RE and Architecture. I personally approach the shoots from a different methodology, which is for me to do, not for me to recommend. His is a great way for anyone to start in RE photography and master before blending in their own ideas and techniques. If you can gain mastery over his tips, it makes a great foundation for adventuring further with your own experimentation once that is achieved especially if you are not already an experienced and trained photographer. Just because you are good at other fields of photography, does not mean you are going to be good at RE photography straight out of the chute, as I found out rather quickly.

    The only thing that made me cringe was his placing his camera and equipment bags on the kitchen counters. From the point of view of respecting the owner’s hygiene, I would suggest leaving them on the floor while using counters for the equipment itself especially if the home is still owner occupied.

    But I too look forward to many more of these since no matter how experienced we are, you can always find nuggets of useful information from people who have been doing this for a while.

  • @Larry, does not advertise this…. and has no listing on their website as to which public libraries offer this service, but if you call your local library and ask them they will be able to tell you if this is a service they offer. I also called to see if a library near my father offered it. By chance I asked if they offer any programs for disabled veteran’s, which my father is, and turns out they do. There is a process to qualify for it but it gives qualified veteran’s 1 year access for free. Something for your readers to check out. I, for one, is so glad I stumbled across this…. love

  • I feel very fortunate that started just a couple blocks away from where I live. Then they sold books and had live classes on provided computers (the first iMacs). But now in addition to Scotts great videos and more to come, you can get tutorials on almost all the software we photographers use going back to V1 of most of them. But more than that, they have tutorials on just about every piece of commonly used software you would ever use in your business as well as marketing, sales and how to use social media to promote and market your business. The only problem is prying loose time from a busy photo business to wade through a full course and then try to remember it. But with the $25 a month program that makes the full library available always, anywhere, you can keep coming back for more and repeats flagging the parts of any tutorial with book marks to revisit later. If you are thinking of making use of the video feature of your DSLRs, they also have tutorial that help you figure out what setting to use and how to do it along with tutorials on different editing software to use. A gold mine for the price of 8 latte’s a month. And no, I have no invested interests in other than the benefits I have enjoyed from their tutorials. I believe they offer a free trial period.

  • It looks like either took this down or they are having technical problems. I was watching this and I can see it in my history but the link is dead. No explanations from Anyone have the same problem?

  • Your classes on have given me invaluable information! Great pace to your videos and the material is spot on. You are my go-to for all RE photo info! Thank you!

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