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Combining a Flash Layer(s) With a Ambient Layer For a Real Estate Interior Photo

27/08/2015
You may have noticed that more and more real estate photographers who post in the PFRE photo forum describe the technique they used as blending a flash layer with an ambient layer (like anjie b). Also, you will frequently see this technique used in winning photos in the PFRE monthly photo contest (like Anders Carlson). […]
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How Do I Photograph A Wine Cellar In The Basement With Very Little Light?

27/03/2015
Robert asked the following question: I have a photo shoot coming up and the house has a quint wine cellar - 10x18 in size, wine racks and bottles, etc. There is etched glass on the entrance door and etched glass for the large front glass planes. The wine cellar is located in the basement of […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Handle Window Blinds?

25/02/2015
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Today Kelly asked me: How do most real estate photographers handle window blinds? Do they raise them all the way up to let in more light and show the view? Open them at an angle? Open them completely but not raise them? I think It's impossible to make any blanket statement about what to do with […]

What To Use As A Remote Shutter Release If You Use A YN-560-TX

13/11/2014
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David asks the question: I use the Yongnuo YN560 III flashes and the YN560-TX controller. I want to use a wireless shutter trigger on my camera that is compatible with this set up. I have the Yongnuo RF-603N II wireless triggers but when I put the controller with it the flashes will not work. Anyone […]

Yongnuo YN-560-III: The Only Flash You'll Ever Need For Real Estate

31/03/2014
The YN-560-III is a great all around manually triggered flash that you can use to get started or if you are using Scott Hargis's Lighting Interiors manual flash technique. For details see Lighting Interiors e-book or Scott's Lighting Video series. The YN-560-III that was introduced in January of 2013 is a slight refinement of the YN-560-II […]

Do Use A Diffuser For Real Estate Photography? Which One?

17/04/2013
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In the last year or so I've had several readers tell me how much they liked the Graslon Prodigy Dome Diffuser for real estate photography. I must admit that I'm not a big user of diffusers that attach to your flashes. Probably because I learned everything I know about small flashes from Scott Hargis so […]

Anyone Using The PocketWizard FlexTT5/MiniTT1 Flash Triggers For Interiors?

05/09/2011
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John Quarles asked an interesting question: When I use flash, I normally use the SU-4 mode or the older Pocket Wizards with a Nikon D3. I do a lot of large homes and spend most of my time running around adjusting the power levels when I use flash. On night photography I may use 6 […]

How To Add Flash Lighting To A Twilight Exterior Shot

30/08/2011
Mike Kelley sent me this tutorial video that illustrates his compositing technique for adding extra drama to twilight shots. Mike describes his technique as follows: The technique is pretty simple but gives great results. I have my camera set up on a tripod with a remote, and Pocketwizards connecting the camera to the flash in […]

Fantastic Response To Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors by Scott Hargis

18/10/2010
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Levi and I Just got back from a eBook launch celebration in Seattle. A bunch of prominent Seattle real estate photographers (Matt Edington, Dan Achatz, Paul Gjording, Mark Reibman, John Galfano and Malia Campbell) joined Scott Hargis and I at Poppy in Seattle on Saturday night to celebrate the launch of Scott's eBook. We enjoyed […]

Bracketing With Flash For Exposure Fusion and HDR

27/08/2010
I'm amazed by the number of people I talk to that are mixing flash with the bracketing shots they are shooting for Exposure Fusion (Blending in Photomatix) and HDR. Plus I've gotten a number of questions asking how to to shoot brackets with flash. I've talked to people recently that seemed offended when I pointed […]

Beginners Guide to Lighting Choices For Real Estate Photographers

02/05/2008
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I want talk about lighting choices for real estate photography. Lighting is probably the biggest challenge for those starting out in real estate photography. There isn't any one right way to light interiors. I've seen beautiful images made with each of these techniques. What I see and hear after talking to hundreds of real estate […]

Interior Lighting With Multiple Strobes: By Scott Hargis

24/07/2007
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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 time to shoot a hole home within a few hours. […]
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