Archive for the 'Basics' Category

Overcoming Fear and Confusion for the New Real Estate Photographer

December 30th, 2018

Guest post by Tony Colangelo, Victoria, BC originally published in March 2014:  As I approach the end of my second full year as a real estate photographer, I can recall many times when I was confronted with a particularly daunting challenge at a photoshoot. I can also easily remember the confusion and feelings of being […]

The Norwegian Version of What Real Estate Agents Need to Know about Photography

July 6th, 2018

Thanks to Trine Bretteville at for translating, What Real Estate Agents Need to Know about Photography into Norwegian. With the addition of Norwegian, this free resource of real estate agents is now available in eight languages: English, Russian, German, Italian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Spanish, and Norwegian. Click here to download this e-book in any of these […]

Some Cautions about Online Backup

May 21st, 2018

??Justin in Oregon says: I wanted to provide your readers a cautionary tale that may come in handy regarding online backup solutions. Up until recently, I had used Backblaze to backup my data and been happy with their service. I had never had to use a complete restore but felt confident that all of my […]

Why Don’t the Architectural Digest and Dwell Websites Give Photo Credit to Photographers?

February 7th, 2018

Craig in Virginia asked: I’ve noticed that seemingly legitimate websites like AD and Dwell are featuring MANY homes using photo citations such as “Photos Courtesy of Coldwell Banker” or “Courtesy from listing on Trulia.” One in particular from today (1/30/18) is this one. These are full feature articles written by staff writers of prestigious magazines. […]

Is There a Benefit in Getting TIFFs Back from Post-Processing Vendors?

January 18th, 2018

Dave in California asked: After you edit your RAW images do you save as TIFF or JPG? Is there any advantage to using TIFF and not JPG? I use professional editing services and they deliver JPGs. But I’m thinking of changing that to TIFF. My first answer to Dave was: Yes, if a post-processing vendor sends […]

A Short History of Real Estate Photography

September 19th, 2017

Jody who has been in real estate for a long time says: I know you’ve done a lot of articles on the new/correct ways to photograph real estate but I haven’t seen any articles about how the process is really changing. Just 15 years ago, you weren’t even able to see a house for sale […]

What Is A Good Photography Portfolio Hosting Service?

August 18th, 2016

Geoffrey says: I purchased and read The Business of Real Estate Photography and Photography for Real Estate books. I would like to make a website with a slideshow of my portfolio on my home page. Do you know any web hosting companies that automatically provide both HTML5 and Flash format for slideshows (for Apple, Windows, […]

Shooting Twilight Exteriors For Real Estate

September 29th, 2015

Andy asked the following question: I did some shots for free a few weeks ago and I wanted to do “twilight” shots so I went to the house at night. The street lights turned on and the whole picture pretty much turned yellow because I was doing a slow exposure (the color of the street […]

Is A 22 mm Wide-Angle Lens Wide Enough For Real Estate Photography?

May 27th, 2015

Gene says: I am a Realtor with an Olympus E-500 digital camera and interested in taking interior photos. There are two lens you recommend. The 7-14mm f4 and the 11-22mm f2.8. Big price difference between the two. Is there a big different in the photos and is it noticeable? I am not a pro but […]

How To Get Started As A Real Estate Photographer?

May 10th, 2015

Several people a week ask the following kind of question: My name is Danny and I have an interest in becoming a real estate photographer, although I have no experience in this industry. I am very eager to learn everything there is to know about how to take real estate pictures, to starting a business etc. […]

Should Real Estate Photographers Bother With Picture Styles/Picture Controls?

April 7th, 2015

Dario asks the question: Do you have posts about how to set best picture style on Canon 5D mark II, for interiors or is everything in post production? First of all the Canon feature that Dario calls Picture Styles is called Picture Controls on Nikon cameras. Both features work generally similar. They give  you some control of sharpness, contrast, […]

Minimum Cost For Real Estate Photography Essential Items Startup Kit

March 29th, 2015

I’m in the process of a major update to my Photography For Real Estate e-book. Since it is a book about getting started in real estate photography it suggests gear for someone getting started in real estate photography. A new feature I have in the book is a minimum cost list of getting started gear. […]

Online Learning Is The Most Cost Effective Alternative For Real Estate Photography

January 12th, 2015

This last week I’ve got a bunch of questions like Tawnya’s: Hello! I just found your website and I was wondering if you might be able to recommend a classroom setting where they teach real estate photography in the Southern California… I am primarily an outdoor, family photo session photographer and want to get into […]

Real Estate Photographers – Always Shoot RAW!

January 5th, 2015

Over the holidays, Willie asked: “Why shoot in RAW instead of jpeg?. This reminded me of the days years ago when we used to have heated discussions here on PFRE about whether or not you should shoot RAW. The video to the right by Jared Polin is a funny argument from that era. Nowadays there’s […]

Getting Started In Real Estate Photography

December 17th, 2014

I get lots of questions like the following from people just getting started in the real estate photography business: I’ve been reading your website like a dog. I’m out of work at the moment and was thinking about maybe starting something like this. I love photography and was a real estate agent in the past […]