Archive for the 'Lighting' Category

How Do You Light a Long Deep Interior Space?

June 29th, 2017

Roy in Los Angeles says: This has been plaguing me for a long time now and I guess I have just been editing my way around this sometimes blending multiple brackets: How does one shoot a long, deep interior space (condo or apt) that has an outside view at the far end (large window, terrace, […]

Alternatives for Putting Your Flash on a Door Top

June 27th, 2017

Bob who purchased Lighting Interiors said: One bit of advice in the book that bothered me was the suggestion to balance flashes from the tops of doors. I’ve attached my alternative in case you are in a mood for a DIY solution. (See image to the right) Bob, you are the latest of a long […]

How Do You Use a Flash to Light Interiors?

June 18th, 2017

Jan in Florida asked: Can you tell me what the most popular settings for shooting interiors are? Shooting interiors I usually shoot at f5.6 and white balance in Auto and set my SB-700 to TTL.

Do You Shoot with Interior Lights on or Off?

May 25th, 2017

Brent in the Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia area asks: Lately I’ve been shooting with the interior lights off but have noticed the rooms look a bit less inviting. I’m trying the “lightless” method because so many fixtures are missing light bulbs, or they were all different hues, or the color casts were crazy and required extra […]

Where Can You Find Slik SDV-20 Tripods to Use as Lightstands?

April 18th, 2017

My old friend George in LA asks: In his Lighting Interiors book, Scott Hargis advocates using Slik SDV-20 tripods for holding the flash guns, but they do not make them anymore. What is a replacement that you guys recommend?

How Do Real Estate Photographers Deal With Dark Colored and High Gloss Walls?

April 7th, 2017

Rich in South Carolina asked: Shot a higher end house the other day and encountered a tough scenario: black walls, dark wood, lots of windows. Any tips or tricks for shooting black walls? Flashes were doing very little at full power. Also in the same house, high gloss red paint! I left the flashes in the […]

What to do With The Flash Zoom Setting When Using Bounce Flash?

March 20th, 2017

Last week two readers asked what to do the zoom setting when using the lighting techniques described in The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors by Scott Hargis. Thierry in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) asked: Is there a specific way to set flash zoom level when bouncing ? I know I have to try myself different setups but I would like […]

Is Compositing Ambient and Flash Shots in Photoshop for You?

March 17th, 2017

Sharon recently asked the following: I would love to know via a poll how many real estate photographers do a Lightroom to Photoshop composite process vs. lighting the way Scott Hargis does where you spend much less time post processing.  I see so many tutorials on YouTube for compositing, and it seems like it’s a very […]

How Do You Avoid Having Shadows When Shooting Rooms with a Ceiling Fan?

March 6th, 2017

Rob in Southern CA asks: What’s the best way to avoid shadows on ceilings fans, chandeliers, etc? When using strobes I know I can blend in an ambient exposure but I’m looking for a technique or trick without those extra steps. Yes, shadows from things that hang from ceilings are a pain! The trick to […]

Are Black and White Images Appropriate for Real Estate Marketing?

February 24th, 2017

Ron in Texas asks: I wanted to run this idea by you and your readers. I live in a small Texas border town and do RE photography (still and drone) as a retirement supplement, and there are a limited number of high-end homes to shoot here. I stay reasonably busy, but could always use a […]

Which Interiors Photographic Approach is For You? LR/Enfuse Or Small Manual Flash?

January 11th, 2017

Fred in FL asks: So the big question: I know that you’re high on both Scott Hargis’s and Simon Maxwell’s work. But they have totally different approaches to interior real estate photography. Scott is all about the lighting, whereas Simon is all about using LR/Enfuse to do the heavy lifting and then a little light. […]

Why Point-and-Shoot Cameras and Smartphones Don’t Work Well For Interior Photos

January 8th, 2017

John in San Francisco who documents interiors as an expert witness and construction defect inspector asks the following: I’m Looking for a camera setup to take sharp interior house photos for construction defect and expert witness use. I basically shoot the notable points in detail and then generally, quickly shoot the entirety of the property. […]

What If It’s Too Windy To Put Lights Outside Like Scott Hargis Does in His Videos?

January 4th, 2017

Ron in Northern CA asks: I’ve been watching Scott Hargis videos on shooting real estate and I am in the process of getting flashes to light my shots instead of continuing to use LR HDR. He often shows placing a flash outside with an umbrella to give good light. But he says nothing about what […]

What’s More Powerful Than A SB-900 And More Portable Than An Alienbee?

December 11th, 2016

Zoltan in Miami asks: I am using and SB-800 and an SB-900 to get my job done and when they are not powerful enough I use the Alienbee 1600. I photograph many luxury condos with direct ocean view so for me the the interior light needs to balance the intense exterior light (Miami). Do you […]

Flash For Beginners – Why You Eventually Really Do Need To Use Flash

December 7th, 2016

Various polls that I’ve done indicate that roughly half of real estate photographers use small flashes in their shoots. I feel particularly qualified to talk about how people try to avoid using flash because even though I purchased my first flash (an SB-26) for real estate photography work in about 1995, I managed to avoid […]