Archive for the 'Lighting' Category

How to Deal with Bright Windows and Dark Shiny Floors?

February 20th, 2019

Ken in Georgia asks: I have been asked by another real estate photographer to retake photos of a condo. The condo has huge windows and dark, shiny floors. I have shot condos like this before and had good luck by setting the WB for the sun, exposing for the windows, and using an HDR 5 shot sequence […]

How to Improve Lighting of Poorly Lit Real Estate Exteriors?

January 28th, 2019

Phil in South Carolina asks: I have a constant issue with north-facing homes. This must be a big challenge for every real estate photographer. It takes a perfectly partly cloudy day to get the natural diffusion to look good naturally. Sure, there are ways to artistically blend multiple exposures in post-processing, but I want to […]

Are There Real Estate Photographers Out There Still Using Nikon SB-80dx Flashes?

January 24th, 2019

Peter in Maine recently asked me if Nikon SB-80dx flashes are still being used by real estate shooters because he had some he wanted to sell. Peter’s question refers back to a time 7 or more years ago when both Scott Hargis and David Hobby (of promoted them. Here is a post from 2011 […]

What Is a Good Flash Setup for Getting Started in Real Estate Photography?

January 21st, 2019

Kevin asks: I new to real estate photography and so confused about Speedlights. I need to figure out where to start with Speedlights. I see from some of the posts that Scott Hargis is referred to often when talking about lighting for real estate photography and I have watched his videos on one of the […]

Do You Shoot with Interior Lights on or Off?

December 13th, 2018

Jack in Florida asks: When I photograph the exterior of a house, I generally like to have the interior lights on especially if there’s impressive chandelier or other lighting features inside. After doing this for over 10 years, I got a complaint from a new agent that she did not like the lights being on […]

What Are the Best Light Diffusers for Shooting Large Rooms?

November 20th, 2018

?Lee in San Francisco asks: What are the best light diffusers for shooting large rooms? I have an immediate question about which umbrella to buy for my speed lights. I am trying to shoot very large rooms. What do you recommend?

My Interpretation of the Real Estate Photography Lighting Poll

September 18th, 2018

Since the way real estate photographers approach lighting interior spaces is such a key aspect of real estate photography, I thought it would be useful to talk more about the recent lighting poll. Here are some points I think are significant:

POLL: What Is Your Main Lighting Technique for Real Estate Photography?

September 12th, 2018

A couple of days ago, I ran across Matthew Stallone’s great little tutorial on HDR vs. Multiflash real estate photography. It made me think of how much real estate lighting techniques have changed over the past few years and how it may help someone starting out in this field to get a big picture overview […]

How to Fix Color Casts by Nathan Cool

August 31st, 2018

Shooting an Empty Room with a Bright Window and Shiny Floors

July 31st, 2018

Steven in Jersey says: A few months back, I had a photo shoot in an empty house with wood floors. In post-processing, I noticed what a poor shot it was. Recently, this happened again. The dark/light extremes and exposure are really kicking me in the pants. In post, I can bring the exposure up but […]

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

June 10th, 2018

?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 […]

When Do Real Estate Photographers Gel Flashes to Control White Balance?

May 30th, 2018

Last week, there were two questions about gelling flashes. Tom on the Big Island asked: For those who use interior flash, do you always or more often than not, gel the flash? I have been trying to get a better understanding of how to use gels. I have seen videos that gel the flash to […]

Which Flash and Triggers Do Real Estate Photographers Use on a Sony A7III?

May 22nd, 2018

Dale asked the following question: I am looking at the Sony A7III coupled with the Sony FE 16-35mm F/2.8 for shooting real estate photographs. Can anyone tell me what common flashes are used with this camera for photographing real estate? I have personally successfully used the YN-560-TX trigger and YN-560-IV with the Sony A6300. The […]

How to Add a Big Strobe to Your Real Estate Photography Flash Lineup

April 26th, 2018

?Bill in California asks: I’m interested in finding out more about which strobes/moonlights RE photographers use. I didn’t find much reference to those in the PFRE equipment poll or in the general blog posts. I shoot listings for only 1 client (my wife) with up to four YN560-III Speedlights remotely controlled by a YN560-TX. I […]

Is Anyone Using a YN560-TX on a Fuji X-E1?

April 1st, 2018

?Logan asked the following: I use a Fuji X-E1 with a Rokinon 12mm lens and a YN560 flash. I also purchased the YN560-TX controller but I can’t seem to get it to work with my camera. I’ve just been using the tiny on-camera flash to trigger my Speedlight in slave mode but it has a […]