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What Is Causing the Bright Specks on My Images?

December 11th, 2018

Polina in Florida sent me the photo to the right (I’ve cropped it and circled the specks – click on it to see a bigger version). Polina says: I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out the issue with my camera. Recently, I started seeing little specks in random places in my photos. Don’t […]

How Good Is the Benro 3-Way Geared Head Compared to Manfrotto Tripod Heads?

November 18th, 2018

?Andrew in Indiana asks: I have worn out 3 Manfrotto tripod-heads and was thinking of getting the Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head next but the reviews are mixed on the longevity of the product and a consistent report of a little head movement when its all locked-down. Instead, I am curious if any PFRE readers […]

How Do You Get a Good Deal When Buying a Higher End iMac?

November 7th, 2018

?Summer in California says: I need to upgrade my computer. Does waiting for a Christmas or a “Black Friday” deal really make a difference when buying a higher end iMac? I use to a buy refurbished machines from Apple but I never see those deals for what I’m looking for now (other than the iMac […]

How to Setup Auto White Balance on the Sony A7III

November 6th, 2018

Steven in New Jersey says: I am a run (sprint) and gun kind of guy. Recently, I switched from a crop sensor, Nikon D5300 to a Sony A7III, and while I knew there would be a big learning curve, I find there are some things in the Sony that are just a bit odd, or […]

Why Is My iPhone XR Taking Better Photos than a $5,000 Canon?

November 2nd, 2018

? I couldn’t resist passing this on because I have both of these cameras (5DMkIV and iPhone Xs) and noticed this phenomenon when I started using my iPhone Xs. The Xs produces better video at a higher frame rate than the 5DMkIV too. Pretty amazing.

Sony’s Ghosting Problem with the A6000, A6300, A6500, and A7

September 9th, 2018

I need to revisit the post I did on August 28th on the question that Kelvin Hammond raised about flare that he was getting from ceiling lights. Kelvin has done more research on this problem and has found that:

An Introduction to iGUIDE

September 5th, 2018

??As professional real estate photographers, we’re often looking for the next product, service, or technology that could help set us apart from the competition and grow our business. Our mandate at PFRE is to help real estate photographers be successful and one of the ways we do that is by keeping you informed and up […]

CamRanger 2 and CamRanger Mini Coming in 2019

September 3rd, 2018

Apparently, CamRanger has some great new features coming in 2019: CamRanger 2 – Faster and farther range, Sony and Fuji support, and new app design and features. CamRanger Mini – Advanced wireless camera control in a much smaller size, priced at $199.99. The CamRanger website talks about these two things like they are two different […]

Wide-Angle Lenses for Real Estate Photography: How Wide Is Wide?

August 30th, 2018

I wrote the original post on this subject in 2007 and not surprisingly, that post has been the most popular subject on the PFRE blog. This is because a wide-angle lens is something everyone getting into real estate must get before anything else because you can’t get by shooting interiors with off-the-shelf kit lenses that […]

How Various Wide-Angle Lenses Deal with Recessed Ceiling Lights

August 28th, 2018

Update 9/4/2018: Kelvin has pointed out that there is evidence that the problem he points out below is actually a Sony ghosting problem with the A6000, A6300, A6500 and A7’s. See this article for more details. Kelvin from Bigsky Country sent me the example to the right and says: In light of Nikon’s announcement last […]

Nikon Announcement: A New Beginning for Nikon or the Beginning of the End?

August 26th, 2018

?Last week, Nikon announced its entry into the world of mirrorless cameras. It’s been fun hearing what YouTubers who went to Nikon’s hands-on event in New York on August 23 think about Nikon’s Z6 and Z7, and the handful of Z mount lenses that will be available soon. Overall opinions are mixed. Jared Polin is generally […]

Need Help Getting Correct White Balance on Sony A7III

August 21st, 2018

Tim in Texas says: I purchased a Sony A7III and I’m having difficulty using it on real estate photo shoots. The real problem is when I turn on the camera mounted flash (Flashpoint Zoom R2 TTL), the white balance changes to very warm, even when it’s set to auto. When I’m not using the flash, […]

Where to Buy and Sell Used Camera Gear

August 16th, 2018

Kiera in California says: I have been a reader of this blog for many years & appreciate all you have done for this community. Albeit, I am more of a reader than a poster. I have a severe back injury and have a great set of gear that I am now selling. I will end […]

How Do You Get a NiceFoto NFlash Repaired?

August 13th, 2018

Zoltan in Miami asks: I have a question/warning for PFRE readers. Where can I get my NiceFoto NFlash680A flash repaired? I have been desperately trying to reach the manufacturer. I have been sending emails to them every day for 4 days but I get zero response. The phone number on their website is wrong. I […]

Which Wide-Angle Lens to Use on a New Sony A7III?

July 29th, 2018

Steven in New Jersey says: I’ve been standing at the edge since before the new A7III came out and I’m now I’m almost ready to buy one. I’m checking Amazon every day for inventory but I have one question. It’s a big money jump. Assuming the A7III body, I am considering the Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar […]