Archive for the 'News' Category

Federal Court Rules Copying Photos Found on the Internet Is Fair Use

July 5th, 2018

?An article over at reports on an outrageous Virginia Federal Court decision that finding a photo on the Internet and using it without permission on a commercial website can be considered fair use. In the United States, whether or not the use of copyrighted material without permission can be considered fair use (17 U.S. […]

Sotheby’s International Realty First Real Estate Brand to Launch Augmented Reality App

April 9th, 2018

Reed in Missouri recently pointed out that Sotheby’s International is introducing a mobile AR (Augmented Reality) app called “Curate” that will: “Allow consumers to visualize a house as their own before purchase, thereby curating the homebuying experience. Working closely with Google in the run-up to ARCore’s release, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the first […]

Urbanimmersive Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Tourbuzz

April 9th, 2018

Thanks to Dave in Perth, AU for pointing out this news that many readers will be interested in: LAVAL, Quebec, April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Urbanimmersive Inc. (“Urbanimmersive” or the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:UI.V) (OTC PINK:UBMRF), the real estate content marketing platform, and Tourbuzz, LLC (“Tourbuzz”), the leading real estate photographer software solution provider in […]

Real Estate Photographer Taking Legal Action After Being Shot by Homeowner

March 28th, 2018

Thanks to Paul for pointing out this article over at Paul says: This is something that should be talked about – a habit I have is always speaking up loudly upon entering letting anyone inside know I’m there, even if it appears no one is there at all. I would add that I would […]

Shooting Spaces – A Real Estate Photography Podcast

February 4th, 2018

There’s a new real estate photography podcast hosted by Rich Baum and Brian Berkowitz called Shooting Spaces – A Real Estate Photography Podcast. You can find this podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and all the other standard places you subscribe to podcasts or you can listen to the podcast at the Shooting Spaces website. Note […]

Checkout the UK/Europe Property Photography Facebook Group

January 26th, 2018

Peter Drought in the UK says: We are in the process of trying to start up a Facebook discussion group specifically for the UK / Europe property photography market. I was just wondering if you would be prepared to share the link as we are trying to spread the message to anyone who might potentially […]

Does the Recently Announced Kodak Coin Do Anything to Help Protect Photographers Rights?

January 23rd, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Brian Balduf (CEO of VHT) mentioned to me that he was hopeful that the newly announced Kodak Coin (blockchain initiative) would help in protecting photographers’ rights. At the time, I’d not heard of it so I did some research on the subject. Here’s what I found:

What Are Your Experiences with Mac OS High Sierra?

November 14th, 2017

Eric in Florida asks: I received an e-mail about the MAC OS upgrade to High Sierra, and wanted to know if you or anyone anyone among the PFRE readers has tried it. When I upgraded to Sierra, I experienced much longer processing time in Lightroom. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this before […]

Adobe Announces Cloud Version of Lightroom CC

October 18th, 2017

Digital Media Licensing Association Launches Special Real Estate Photographers Membership

October 1st, 2017

Last week, Brian Balduf, the CEO and co-founder of VHT Studios, contacted me about the fact that the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) is launching a registration drive encouraging real estate photographers to join their association. Brian’s company, VHT, is one of the biggest real estate photography companies in the US and they recently won a […]

Photos from Eclipse Totality Here in Salem, Oregon

August 21st, 2017

I just finished processing the images from this morning’s total eclipse here in Salem, OR. An amazing spectacle and a real photographic challenge! The photo to the right is a composite of four different images (click it for a larger version). Left and right images are about 10 min before and after totality. The bottom […]

Warning! Beware of Cashier’s Check Scams

August 2nd, 2017

Cameron in California told me last week about a possible cashier’s check scam: Hopefully no one will fall for this, but I got an email solicitation the other day from someone who claimed they found me through Houzz and they wanted me to photograph a rental property for them. is Using an Image Stolen From Scott Hargis’s Book to Market Their Services!

May 4th, 2017

Matthew Stallone pointed out to me a few days ago that a marketing email being sent to many real estate photographers by Images Re-Touch is using an image stolen from Scott Hargis’s Lighting Interiors book (Figure 14.8 on page 169). They cropped the image to get rid of the “Figure 14.8” on the lower left […]

The PFRE Blog Is Now Mobile Friendly!

April 26th, 2017

Check out the new look of the PFRE blog on your mobile device! It’s way easier to read now on your smartphone. Also, Google now gives us a “mobile friendly” endorsement. You will see little or no difference on tablets but it now works nicely on smartphones. Almost 30% of PFRE blog traffic is now […]

Nikon Announces Extraordinary Losses – What Does This Mean?

February 16th, 2017

On Feb 13, Nikon issued a “Notice of Recognition of Extraordinary Loss”; canceled 3 new cameras they announced over a year ago, and announced an expected staff reduction. Tony Northrup’s video does an in-depth analysis of what this means for photographers and for Nikon as a camera company. He also gives his opinion of what […]