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Posts By Brandon Cooper

Brandon Cooper

Congratulations to Andre Mckenzie--PFRE Videographer of the Month June 2019!

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01/07/2019
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Congratulations to Andre Mckenzie from Silverhouse HD in Toronto, ON who has won the June 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Andre's great video. Here are the contestants in order of points awarded by the jurors: Andre Mckenzie #1 Ollie Paterson #2 Matt Van Emmerik #3 You can check out all the […]
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Congratulations Tim Cotter--June 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month!

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24/06/2019
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Congratulations to Tim Cotter from Bend, OR--June 2019 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was Formal Dining and we had 44 entries from around the world. As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and to the jury who continue to volunteer their valuable time and thoughtful insights. Tim […]

What Is the Best Way to Pull Windows While Shooting Video?

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13/06/2019
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Pete in Seattle, writes: I have a Sony A6300 using the 10-18mm lens along with a Flycam stabilizer. I process the video from the camera with Adobe Premiere Pro. I have seen that shooting video at two stops under is recommended however, I still can't get the windows to look like they do in my […]

I Need More Powerful Lights

12/06/2019
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Jenn in California writes: I've been using a Nikon D750 with the Flashpoint R2 Pro and a few Flashpoint Zoom Li-on Speedlights. I absolutely love how the system works. It's super reliable and the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are a game changer when compared to how I used to need four AA batteries in each of […]

3D/Floor Plans/Measurements

08/06/2019
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John in Vancouver writes: I'm getting lot of requests for measurements, floor plans, and 3D walk-throughs. I know there have been quite a few new technologies released lately; I'd love to know what most people are using these days and why? I've actually been getting more requests for floor plans and measurements lately as well. […]

Announcement: The Art and Science of Great Composition Video Tutorial by Tony Colangelo

05/06/2019
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?? I am so excited to officially announce a brand new video tutorial from Tony Colangelo, a long-time contributor to PFRE and one of the most respected people in our community. Over the years, many people have benefited from Tony's advice on the PFRE Flickr group and especially, from his in-depth comments made as a […]

Congratulations to Zoltan Present--PFRE Videographer of the Month May 2019!

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31/05/2019
Congratulations to Zoltan Present from Luxhunters in Miami, FL who has won the May 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Zoltan's great video. Here are the contestants in order of points awarded by the jurors: Zoltan Present (Luxhunters) #1 Kelsey Norris #2 Ollie Paterson #3 You can check out all the entries […]

Congratulations Anastasia Alkema--May 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month!

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24/05/2019
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Congratulations to Anastasia Alkema from Atlanta, GA--May 2019 Photographer of the Month! For the first time ever, the theme this month was detail shot and we had 37 entries from around the world. As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and to the jury who continue to volunteer their valuable […]

Removing Wrinkles in Photoshop Using Frequency Separation

22/05/2019
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? Don in Florida writes: What's the best tool in Photoshop for smoothing our wrinkles in bedding and curtains? Most of the work I do is strictly real estate photography so I don't spend a huge amount of time fixing details this fine. That being said, I've used the frequency separation technique on a number […]

Real Estate Photos Are Distorting Reality, Frustrating Home Buyers

17/05/2019
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My post today is based on an article that was brought to my attention by David Williamson in Perth, Australia. The article's tagline was particularly interesting to me: "Wide-angle lenses, Photoshop, and virtual staging: Real estate photo enhancement is reaching new heights as desperate sellers look to sell imperfect homes."     Rosemary Counter - Macleans […]

JPEG vs. RAW--the Debate Rages On

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15/05/2019
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Robert from Alabama writes: I'm relatively new to photography in general but the real estate side of things is really starting to pick up. I find myself shooting 4-6 homes per day and it's starting to take a toll on my storage devices.  Do I really need to shoot RAW or will JPEG suffice? If […]

Congratulations to Ollie Paterson--April 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month!

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30/04/2019
Congratulations to Ollie Paterson from San Diego, CA, who has won the March/April 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Ollie's winning video. Here's what Ollie had to say about his winning video: Thanks so much to PFRE, the judges, and everyone involved in the competition. It is a huge honor to be […]

Announcement from the Association of Real Estate Photographers

25/04/2019
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We are excited to announce the official launch of the Association of Real Estate Photographers, AREP (arephotographers.org). We already have 20+ companies representing over 2,500 full-time, part-time, and contract photographers. Please join your colleagues by signing up at AREPhotographers.org. It is very important that we all come together to make our voices heard and become […]

Congratulations Garey Gomez! - April 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/04/2019
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Congratulations to Garey Gomez from Decatur, GA, April 2019 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was master bedroom and we had 30 entries from around the world. As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and to the jury who continue to volunteer their valuable time and thoughtful insights. […]

Pierre Galant from Pasadena, CA--March 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month!

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24/03/2019
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Congratulations to Pierre Galant from Pasadena, CA--March 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "kitchen" and we saw 60 entries from around the world. This is Pierre's second POTM win already this year! Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules […]

Congratulations to Andre Mckenzie - February 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month

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09/03/2019
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Congratulations to Andre Mckenzie from Toronto who has won the February 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Andre's winning video. Here's what Andre had to say about his winning video: I am humbled and very thankful for winning the Videographer of the Month. Thank you to the community and all the judges. […]

Congratulations Matt Davis--February 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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25/02/2019
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If it sounds like I'm repeating myself, it's because I am!  Matt Davis is once again the PFRE Photographer of the Month for February. The living room/family room contest always brings out a good crowd and this year was no exception. We had a PFRE record-breaking total of 60 entries this month from 10 different […]

Official Release: Mastering Real Estate Photography with Garey Gomez

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19/02/2019
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??Last month, we announced a brand new tutorial series, Mastering Real Estate Photography with Garey Gomez. In collaboration with PFRE, Garey Gomez developed this comprehensive tutorial for real estate photographers of all levels, teaching the art and business of real estate photography. The tutorial is now officially available for download. Garey released the tutorial on […]

Congratulations to Jared Saulnier - January 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month

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03/02/2019
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Congratulations to Jared Saulnier from Portsmouth, NH who has won the January 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Jared's winning video. Here's what Jared had to say about his winning video: Thank you for choosing my video for the January VOTM! This project was for what became the second highest sale in […]

Congratulations Pierre Galant from Pasadena, CA--January 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month!

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24/01/2019
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Congratulations to Pierre Galant, from Pasadena, CA--January 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "twilight exterior" and we saw 48 entries from around the world. This is Pierre's first POTM win. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute […]

Congratulations to Zoltan Present - 2018 PFRE Videographer of the Year

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19/01/2019
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Congratulations to Zoltan Present from LuxHunters Real Estate Video and Photography Services in Miami, Florida. Zoltan won the October Videographer of the Month contest with this great video and has now been named PFRE Videographer of the Year for 2018. Here's what Zoltan had to say about the win: Wow! What a surprise! I am […]

Selective Perspective Correction - with Garey Gomez

24/12/2018
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As real estate photographers, shooting interiors often presents challenges with getting the camera positioned far enough away from the subject to get the desired field of view for what we want to capture. Interior spaces are obviously defined by their walls and since walls don’t move, we have to resort to shooting with wide-angle lenses. […]

Congratulations to Michael Lefebvre - PFRE Photographer of the Year for 2018!

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17/12/2018
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Congratulations to Michael Lefebvre from Barrington, Rhode Island. PFRE Photographer of the Year for 2018. Michael was the runner up for photographer of the year in 2017 and carried that momentum into 2018 with two photographer of the month wins in March and July. Below are the top three photographers for 2018 based on the […]

Congratulations to David Iglesias - PFRE Videographer of the Month November 2018

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07/12/2018
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Congratulations to David Iglesias from SFVT in Southern Florida who has won the November 2018 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is David's great video. Here is what David had to say about his winning video:

2018 PFRE Photographer of the Year

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03/12/2018
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Every month, since 2008, real estate and interior photographers from around the world have competed in the PFRE Photographer of the Month contest. Some photographers enter the contest to see how they stack up against their peers; others are looking for feedback and learning opportunities but in the back of many shooters' minds is the […]

Congratulations Gary Kasl! November 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/11/2018
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Congratulations to Gary Kasl from Carlsbad, CA; November 2018 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "open" photographers could submit any real estate photo they choose. This is Gary's third POTM win, he also won March 2017 and November 2017. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time […]

Introducing HD PhotoHub

03/11/2018
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? Answers to Three Questions that Just Might Help You Build Your Real Estate Photography Business from HDPhotoHub on Vimeo. Background Herb has been pioneering marketing technology for real estate photography since 1997. While Chief Technology Officer and then CEO for TourFactory, he drove innovation there for 18 years. The only thing he loves more […]

Congratulations to Zoltan Present - PFRE Videographer of the Month

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01/11/2018
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Congratulations to Zoltan Present from Luxhunters in Miami, FL who has won the Aug/Sept/Oct 2018 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Zoltan's great video.

Run and Gun Real Estate Photography Workflow Tutorial by Gary Kasl

28/10/2018
Southern California real estate/interiors photographer Gary Kasl, has created a video tutorial outlining his approach to shooting real estate quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality. Here's what Gary has to say about the material:

Commercial Architecture Photography - with Tony Roslund and Barry Mackenzie

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27/10/2018
?? Tony Roslund and Barry Mackenzie have teamed up with PRO EDU to create what is sure to be the most informative and revealing architecture photography tutorial to date. Here's what PRO EDU says about the tutorial: Commercial Architecture Photography and Retouching is coming! We're excited to be collaborating again with veteran RGG EDU instructor, Tony […]

Congratulations Tacey Jungmann! October 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/10/2018
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Congratulations to Tacey Jungmann from Oak Harbor, WA; October 2018 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was elevated exterior, pole, aerial, UAV. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary. Tacey Jungmann - #21 Trace Tague […]

Outsourcing Part 2

22/10/2018
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? This topic always seems to be controversial. There are strong opinions on both sides of the fence but despite our individual point of view, I think most of us can agree that there is a place for outsourcing in our industry. A few months ago, I wrote this article about my experience with outsourcing. I could […]

Congratulations Dan Solomon! September 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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23/09/2018
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Congratulations to Dan Solomon from Redondo Beach, CA, September 2018 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was patio/deck/garden space. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary.

Congratulations Garey Gomez! - August 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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25/08/2018
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Congratulations to Garey Gomez from Decatur, GA, August 2018 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was daylight exterior and Garey's image is a great example of how powerful a thoughtful composition with subtle editing can be. A true testament that you don't need to be shooting multi-million dollar homes every day to create […]

Congratulations to Jared Saulnier - PFRE Videographer of the Month for June/July 2018

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02/08/2018
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Congratulations to Jared Saulnier, of Portsmouth, NH who has won the June/July 2018  PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Jared's great video.

Congratulations Michael Lefebvre! - July 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/07/2018
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The July 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest has come to an end. The theme this month was master bathroom/ensuite. Thank you to everyone who participated and the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary.

Congratulations! - June 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/06/2018
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The June 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest has come to an end. The theme this month was foyer/entrance. Thank you to everyone who participated and the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary. Congratulations to Garey Gomez from Decatur, Georgia; PFRE Photographer of the […]

Compositing: Is It the Future of Great Real Estate Photography?

11/06/2018
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?Ray in North Carolina says: I recently viewed a YouTube video where the photographer stated unequivocally that compositing is the now and future for producing great RE photography. I am an avid off-camera lighting shooter and he is right that the process can be cumbersome; not always producing the best possible photo. What are your […]

Congratulations! - May 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/05/2018
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The May 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest has come to an end. The theme this month was interior with a breathtaking view. Thank you to everyone who participated and the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary. Congratulations to Tim Krueger from Costa Mesa, […]

Congratulations! - April 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

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24/04/2018
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The April 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest has come to and end. The theme this month was master bedroom and we had a total of 26 entries from 7 countries. Thank you to everyone who participated, and the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful […]
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