Archive for the 'Photo Equipment' Category

Mirrorless vs. DSLR – Which Is Your Preference and Why?

February 14th, 2019

? Last week in the post about the Amazing Changes Going on in the Digital Photography World, I made a comment that “we are all moving to mirrorless gear.” This was an observation that to me was pretty easy to make, starting in late 2015 with Wayne Capili’s post about his epiphany with the Sony […]

Amazing Changes Going on in the Digital Photography World

February 6th, 2019

There were a couple of interesting articles that caught my attention in the past couple of weeks: Canon Sees the Digital Camera Market Plunging by 50% in Next Two Years. How AI is changing photography. Both of these trends are because of what’s happening in the world of SmartPhones. Of course, as #1 says, those […]

What Is a Good Laptop for Real Estate Photographers?

January 29th, 2019

Larry in Florida says: I would love to see a discussion of the latest and greatest laptops real estate photographers are working with. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I think what a good laptop for a real estate photographer boils down to is a laptop that will run Lightroom well. If you outsource […]

How to Improve Lighting of Poorly Lit Real Estate Exteriors?

January 28th, 2019

Phil in South Carolina asks: I have a constant issue with north-facing homes. This must be a big challenge for every real estate photographer. It takes a perfectly partly cloudy day to get the natural diffusion to look good naturally. Sure, there are ways to artistically blend multiple exposures in post-processing, but I want to […]

Are There Real Estate Photographers Out There Still Using Nikon SB-80dx Flashes?

January 24th, 2019

Peter in Maine recently asked me if Nikon SB-80dx flashes are still being used by real estate shooters because he had some he wanted to sell. Peter’s question refers back to a time 7 or more years ago when both Scott Hargis and David Hobby (of promoted them. Here is a post from 2011 […]

What Is a Good Flash Setup for Getting Started in Real Estate Photography?

January 21st, 2019

Kevin asks: I new to real estate photography and so confused about Speedlights. I need to figure out where to start with Speedlights. I see from some of the posts that Scott Hargis is referred to often when talking about lighting for real estate photography and I have watched his videos on one of the […]

What Is a Good Camera Body for Getting Started in Real Estate Photography?

January 6th, 2019

Kevin in Arizona asks: I’m just getting into real estate photography and love your website. I’m deciding on a low cost entry level camera. Canon has the SL2 refurb on sale for $400, which is the least expensive camera they have in stock that is sufficient and has good Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) features. My […]

What Are These Mysterious Lights in the Sky over Seattle?

December 24th, 2018

Note: This post has become a PFRE Christmas tradition. It has some good basic photography advice. Aaron Leitz and I both learned from this exercise! I put my Christmas header photo up on the blog recently. This header image has an interesting historical story that goes with it. PFRE blog readers have been trying to […]

Is an f/2.8 Lens Essential for Real Estate Photography?

December 17th, 2018

Michael, who is just starting out in real estate photography says: I am trying to decide what equipment to purchase and am wondering how important minimum aperture is for a lens. I understand that f/2.8 is preferable in low light conditions but in low light conditions I will be using strobes. As you know, there […]

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: