Last week I got a request from Fire Control-man First Class, Robert Kendzierski aboard the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser conducting air defense and anti-piracy operations off the coast of Pakistan and Somalia in the Arabian Sea, with the US 5th fleet. Since Robert is a photographer, when he's not deployed, chasing Somalie pirates or defending US aircraft in Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghan War), he said he would really like to get his hands on a copy of Lighting Interiors but shares a slow, satellite Internet connection with 300 other shipmates. The last 8 meg download he did took 20 hours.
The standard Lighting Interiors distribution file is 20 meg so I created a special minimum size version and then chunked it up into three different 2 meg and built Robert a special download page that had links to the three files. A few hours later Robert was heavy into Interior Lighting with small flash. eBooks work out better than hardcopy for Robert. The last time someone send him a package it took 65 days to find him. Not surprising when you are moving fast taking care of a lot of business. Note that the USS Leyte Gulf was one of the US vessels involved in the incident with Somali pirates after they captured the US flagged yacht named Quest.
Robert describes his photography business as follows:
When I am not deployed I shoot frequently for three local advertising websites and shoot on location or at my location. I intend to continue shooting portraits, studio work, commercial, and weddings but since I have moved around due to the military I have always noticed very poor quality photos while searching for houses online. I am a firm believer that pictures sell, and while searching for homes I would get turned off at the websites that had poor quality point and shoot photos that really didn't show the property as it really is. I intend to also add real estate to my services as living in a military town there is a high property turn over as personnel are always leaving and coming. With the majority of the incoming families coming from another part of the United States or even overseas, quality photography will not only help the families with finding a home, it should help the property owner sell quicker. We generally get 10 days of housing hunting leave before we transfer and some families look for YEARS for a home to buy, We are allowed 10 days so the internet is our saving grace in trying to find that perfect home to transfer too for the next 3-5 years or retire in when our career is up.
Best of luck Robert with your move into real estate photography. In the mean time, thank you for your service and stay safe!