Archive for the 'Photo Equipment' Category

Example of the Pixel Shift Algorithm on the New Sony A7RIII

April 15th, 2018

Candace in the Chicago area says: Just thought you might be interested in seeing the result of using the new Sony A7R III with Sony’s proprietary Pixel Shift algorithm. Here is a comparison I did between shooting with and without Pixel Shift. When you “pixel peep” the originals, there is a huge difference! There are more […]

When Does the Quality of a Wide Angle Lens Become Overkill?

April 11th, 2018

Peter in Alberta asked: Is anyone shooting with the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens? I may have overreacted when I told Peter that I thought that the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens is overkill for shooting real estate. Here’s why I think the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens may be […]

Is Anyone Using a YN560-TX on a Fuji X-E1?

April 1st, 2018

?Logan asked the following: I use a Fuji X-E1 with a Rokinon 12mm lens and a YN560 flash. I also purchased the YN560-TX controller but I can’t seem to get it to work with my camera. I’ve just been using the tiny on-camera flash to trigger my Speedlight in slave mode but it has a […]

How Should Real Estate Photographers Calibrate Their Monitor?

March 22nd, 2018

Last week I got two questions (Justin and Patrick) on the subject of how should I calibrate my monitor for real estate photography? Here is Justin’s: I haven’t seen a lot of talk about monitor calibration on your site and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations when it comes to post-processing. At this time, […]

Recommended Tripod and Tripod Heads for Real Estate Photography

March 19th, 2018

Brad in Idaho asks: I am looking for an awesome tripod at a great price. I bought a Dolica tripod and it didn’t even last a year (150+ shoots). Manfrotto is highly recommended, but I’ve read some reviews and the legs seem to have issues (at least the lower end models). Weight doesn’t matter that […]

How Does the Sony A7III Compare to Other Cameras?

March 15th, 2018

Bruce in the UK says: I am based in the UK and have been photographing properties for 5 years now; the last 3 full-time. 18 months ago, I retired my Canon 6D and went down to the Sony A6000 with the Samyang (Rokinon) f2.0 lens. I love how lightweight and portable the Sony system is. […]

What Are the Best Rechargeable AA Batteries?

February 22nd, 2018

Don in Florida asks: I’ve been eating $6 every other day on AA batteries for my Yongnuo YN560 IVs. Could you recommend some amazing rechargeable AAs? Also, is this a case of “you get what you pay for” with the rechargeable battery market? We’ve had a discussion on rechargeable AA batteries before and to my […]

How to Buy a Camera in 2018

February 19th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, there was a good article over at by Steve Dent that reviewed the current state of camera technology. Steve reviews the state of DSLRs vs. mirrorless vs. compact cameras, sensor technology, video features, and his top picks if you are thinking about buying a camera right now (early 2018). […]

How to Shoot Very Small Spaces with a Wide-Angle Lens

January 16th, 2018

??David in New York City says: I have to shoot some model apartments in NYC and they are extremely small. Wherever I put the camera, while still trying to get the whole room in the shot, whatever is close to the camera looks HUGE and the other things look tiny. Also, straight lines are curved or […]

Behind the Scenes at a Living Room Shoot with Rich Baum

January 12th, 2018

What Do You Think of the Seagate Personal Cloud?

January 2nd, 2018

Dave in California says: Every year I buy an external hard drive. This year I saw that Seagate has one that you can use as a cloud storage system by using an App. Do you know if this works and if other real estate photographers are using it? Looks like you can access your images anywhere […]

Choosing a Wide-Angle Lens for Shooting Real Estate Photography

January 1st, 2018

Sandy in Vermont asked: I am considering purchasing a lens for real estate and architectural photography. I am wondering if someone might be able to make a recommendation? I am considering a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. I was looking at a Sigma 14mm, but find it could be a disadvantage using a fixed focus lens; it […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Use Neutral Density and Polarizing Filters?

December 28th, 2017

Mark in Louisiana asks: Do real estate photographers use neutral density (ND) and polarizing filters? Yes, here’s how real estate photographers/videographers use these filters: Neutral density filters: Mostly used when shooting video to get the video frame rate where you want it. See this video tutorial for details. Polarizing filters: Used on exterior shots where […]

What Are These Mysterious Lights in the Sky over Seattle?

December 22nd, 2017

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 […]

What’s the Right Gear for Shooting Real Estate Video?

December 20th, 2017

Fer in Texas asks: I’ve been trying to find a post to know what would be a good lens for Real Estate video. I was wondering if you have some information for a person who wants to get the right equipment for video without breaking the bank. I currently use a Canon 80D and 10-18 […]