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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 […]

Bracketing with Flash for Exposure Fusion and HDR – Revisited

March 20th, 2018

Jeff says: I will start off by saying that I shoot in HDR (hoping to get into HDR/flash hybrid shooting eventually) the majority of the time. My question is, why do I still get glare from the windows around the edges? Even if its a cloudy day, I still get that kind of glowing blue-white […]

One Light Real Estate Photos – by Nathan Cool

March 16th, 2018

Lighting for Real Estate Photography Video Series by Scott Hargis

March 12th, 2018

Recently, I was talking to Malia Campbell who shot the video for Scott Hargis’s now famous real estate photography lighting video series. She reminded me that we are going on 6 years since she and Scott released this fantastic video series. For those of you who are just starting out in real estate photography and […]

Make the Move from HDR to Off-Camera Flash… Without Breaking the Bank

March 8th, 2018

Carmen in Spain asks: I want to move from HDR to off-camera flash. With a tight budget and so many options out there, how can I make sure I buy the right gear on the first try? I’m not going to bore you with my lifelong history of gear buying failures but the most epic […]

Interior Lighting with Multiple Strobes by Scott Hargis

December 3rd, 2017

Note: this was originally posted on PFRE July 23, 2007. First of all, I need to point out that this is Scott Hargis’s post. Like many of you, I’ve been admiring the way Scott uses a hand full of strobes to light a room to look like an Architectural Digest shoot and still keep the […]

How Do You Control Glare and Reflections on Interior Windows?

November 13th, 2017

Darren in Northern California says: Is there a particular technique or tactic to reducing glare and reflections on interior windows during twilight photo shoots? I capture a few exposures (ambient and flash fill) and then brush them together in editing. Often times, the views beyond the window are obstructed by interior reflections. Window reflections can […]

What Is the Best Camera Flash Setup for Working Quickly?

October 31st, 2017

Last week I got two similar questions about which flashes to use for real estate photography. Shane said: I’m switching to the Scott Hargis style lighting for my real estate clients. I’ve shot interiors in the past using studio strobes and umbrellas etc. and will continue to do that when appropriate, but I want to know […]

Do Any Real Estate Photographers Use LED Lights Rather than Flash?

October 5th, 2017

Earlier this week a reader asked: Does anyone use LED lights so that you can see how everything looks before shooting (aka not relying on flash lighting)? I don’t have any direct experience using LED lighting but I would speculate that in general, continuous LED lighting wouldn’t be that much of an advantage for real estate […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Deal with Challenging Lighting Situations?

September 28th, 2017

Brady in the Seattle area asked: Any suggestions for photographing, or more accurately, lighting galley kitchens evenly? I have a similar challenge with long hallways. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with a remote flash with a Stoffen diffuser mounted on a small stand. Taking two shots and moving it enough between shots that I can photoshop […]

Control Small Flashes with Your SmartPhone

August 18th, 2017

I knew this was coming sooner or later. Smart phones have amazing cameras and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to do everything and more with your SmartPhone that you can do with your DSLR. This little guy will be available on August 25 for $70. I’m still waiting for a wide angle […]