Archive for the 'Photo Technique' Category

When to Use Detail Shots in Real Estate Photography

June 12th, 2017

Kelly in Georgia says: Can we have a discussion about “detail” photos on real estate shoots? I’ve tried taking some before, and they either end up looking more like design shots or they just look silly and I never end up sending them to my client. If people are taking detail shots, what kind of […]

Delivering a Dramatic Twilight Exterior Shot Doesn’t Necessarily Require a Special Trip to the Property

May 21st, 2017

Rob in Boston sent me an interesting example. He says: Don’t underestimate the value of sky replacement. And for $4, an out of country processor I use from time to time created the “day to dusk” image(to the right). From dreary drab to money shot! I charge clients $50 for a day to dusk conversion like […]

Is There a Trend in Real Estate Photography Toward an Architectural Look?

May 3rd, 2017

Dave in California asks: I have noticed a new trend in real estate photography. Some of the real estate photographers are now producing architectural images for real estate photography prices. They are not using a wide angle lens. Instead, they are taking images of furniture and features. They are not showing details or brightness. It […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Deal With Windows?

February 28th, 2017

Ginnie asked the following: I am starting to explore real estate photography and have been playing with HDR in Lightroom. When looking at this month’s photo winners, I notice that the views outside the windows are crystal clear. How is that done? Does the photographer use multiple flashes? Any input would be appreciated.

The Importance of Drone Front Exterior Still Photos For Real Estate Marketing

February 8th, 2017

Recently when I ran across J. Hunter Phillips’ Drone shot in the PFRE Flickr group next to his more traditional front exterior shot of the same home, somehow, the possibilities of drone still shots for real estate marketing really hit me. We tend to pay more attention to drone video than still shots but drone still photos […]

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. […]

Wayne Capili’s Presentation On Getting Started In Real Estate Photography

December 30th, 2016

Last week on Christmas eve Wayne Capili posted this little Spark presentation on Facebook about getting started in real estate photography. While I’ve done posts about Wayne’s real estate gear before I think this little presentation is important because:

Don’t Charge For Real Estate Photography Until Your Verticals are Vertical

December 6th, 2016

Recently my wife Levi (a Realtor for 26 years) erupted in laughter at her computer and showed me these photos on an email flyer she got for a listing in Tacoma, WA. What my wife was laughing about is the row of little photos along the bottom that all have wacky verticals. When you line […]

How To Do Basic Twilight Exterior Real Estate Shots

December 4th, 2016

Rhett recently asked: I was wondering if you have anything on doing exterior nighttime photography. settings etc. I use a Nikon d7000 and a tripod but need some good settings to capture great photos. What times do you usually like to capture photos? Doing twilight exterior shots is super important in real estate because a twilight […]

How Real Estate Photographers Can Deal With The Time Pressure of A Shoot

October 27th, 2016

Brian asks: I’m just now ready to start marketing myself, after learning techniques from Scott Hargis and so many others on PFRE and the Flickr group. That said, I’m wondering what the best approach is when starting out, to keep my shoot time within an acceptable limit. Are there any posts where photographers are addressing this […]

Thomas Grubba Reviews Real Estate Photos on Scott Kelby’s The Grid Podcast

October 24th, 2016

I got an email this last week from Thomas Grubba telling me about his appearance on KelbyTV with Scott Kelby reviewing real estate photography. The podcast is 87 minutes long but is well worth your time. Thomas critiques a bunch of real estate shots and Scott Kelby tries to make fixes to the photos while […]

What is The Preferred Way of lighting Rooms Without Windows?

October 9th, 2016

Vida in Kranj, Slovenia asks: What is your preferred way of lighting rooms without windows? Having elaborate lighting to mimic windows is often impossible due to small spaces and also misleading. Rooms with one strong light overhead are lighted terribly with ugly shadows and colors. Using bounced flash is often flat and just not soft […]

What Is Good Interior Photography Suppose To Look Like?

October 5th, 2016

Larry in Pennsylvania asked: Nearly all the nice photos I see on the Flickr site are constructed by “brushing in ambient (blending layers). Rick Baum has a number of YouTube videos which show the “process” of him brushing in the ambient to his flash layer in order to get rid of unwanted shadows or to […]

What Are Tips And Tricks For Shooting Pools?

September 29th, 2016

Tim in Palm Springs wants to know: I am looking for tips and tricks to shooting swimming pools (both at dusk with lights on and during the day for pools with no lights).  I searched the PFRE site but couldn’t seem to find anything.

How Can You Improve The Clarity Of The View Through The Windows Of Homes You Shoot?

September 19th, 2016

Susan in Green Bay asked: I am a RE photographer and still struggling with a few things. I am schooled in photography at the community college and really need to make this my career I struggle because I want to be the very best at what I do, and I know that I am not […]