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What Are the Recommended Photo Delivery Methods for Real Estate Photographers?

November 28th, 2018

Bill in Virginia recently asked the question: I have been experiencing some issues in sending clients their photos and videos. What are some recommended photo delivery services to use? First of all, I would not send video files to Realtors. Most Realtors won’t have a clue what to do with a large video file. Host […]

What Size Photos Should Real Estate Photographers Deliver?

November 27th, 2018

Tom asked about the size of photos he should deliver to his clients: I have been uploading photo files to my agents at the guidelines recommended in the September 9th, 2009 article you posted titled “What You Need To Know About Uploading To MLS.” Yesterday, I had an agent tell me the 800 x 600 […]

Does Anyone Use an Independent Light Meter to Shoot Interiors?

November 4th, 2018

?David in Alabama asked the following: I’ve recently been reading about the Sekonic C-700 color and light meter. It seems like an amazing tool with great potential for PFRE users but how would you best use a device like this to sort the perennial problems of WB and color accuracy in rooms with multiple light […]

What’s the Business Workflow for Real Estate Photographers?

October 28th, 2018

Jacob in California says: I was wondering if we could have a discussion about real estate photographers’ workflow outside of the actual shoot. That is, what are people doing to prepare for the shoot and after they are done with the shoot? The following is a list of what I think are some of the […]

What Sun Tracking App or Website Do You Use?

October 22nd, 2018

John in Alabama recently asked: Does anyone know a good sun tracking site now that works since Google has changed is map APIs and the address search feature does not work for The Photographer’s Ephemeris and SunCalc? It looks like Google has now decided to charge big money to use their embedded mapping scripts and […]

My Interpretation of the Real Estate Photography Lighting Poll

September 18th, 2018

Since the way real estate photographers approach lighting interior spaces is such a key aspect of real estate photography, I thought it would be useful to talk more about the recent lighting poll. Here are some points I think are significant:

Amazon Prime Subscribers Have Reliable, Unlimited Free Cloud Photo Storage

September 16th, 2018

Alex Armitage’s recent article over at Fstoppers gives a great explanation of the free unlimited cloud photo storage that Amazon Prime subscribers get with their Prime subscription. There are several important aspects to this alternative for photo storage:

Reordering Images for Delivery

August 5th, 2018

?Ashley in South Carolina asks: I have a realtor who has asked us to upload our images delivered to them in a particular order (living areas, kitchen, & so on, with bedrooms last). I don’t want to change our on-site workflow from starting at the top of the house and working to the bottom so […]

Image Sharpening for Real Estate Photography

July 25th, 2018

Last week, I had a conversation with Rozelle in South Africa about why her photos were not as sharp as some of her local competitors. She was ready to get a new camera and lens but after some discussion about her workflow, it turned out she was bracketing but not being diligent about ensuring the […]

First Steps for Getting Started in Real Estate Photography

July 8th, 2018

Jessica in California says: I am a real estate agent and just started to shoot interior images for my listings. I am practicing ISO, exposure, and aperture. Any advise you can give me would be appreciated. The first step when you are getting started is to understand the various approaches to interior photography and decide which […]

Should Real Estate Photographers Calibrate Their Monitor?

June 25th, 2018

Bill in Oregon says: I use Xrite and just redid my Acer laptop, that’s the one that has it’s own desk in my car where 60 percent gets done between shoots, ‘wish that &^%$ would stop tapping their brake light, it’s distracting’.

Making a Building Construction Time-Lapse Video

June 11th, 2018

Larry in Virginia asks: One of my commercial clients manages multi-unit apartment buildings all around the DC area. Recently, I was asked if I could do a 30 second time-lapse for their marketing of a new building. I think technically, I can do it, but I have no idea what to charge for this.

When Do Real Estate Photographers Gel Flashes to Control White Balance?

May 30th, 2018

Last week, there were two questions about gelling flashes. Tom on the Big Island asked: For those who use interior flash, do you always or more often than not, gel the flash? I have been trying to get a better understanding of how to use gels. I have seen videos that gel the flash to […]

What Quality Should You Export Your JPEGs in Lightroom?

May 29th, 2018

?Steven in NJ says: Recently, I’ve changed my camera setting back to “fine” for better photos but now I am delivering photos that are over 10Mb and the MLS does not allow uploads over 10Mb. Any suggestions on how to deliver the best quality photos and still stay under the 10Mb limit? Most people control […]

Some Cautions about Online Backup

May 21st, 2018

??Justin in Oregon says: I wanted to provide your readers a cautionary tale that may come in handy regarding online backup solutions. Up until recently, I had used Backblaze to backup my data and been happy with their service. I had never had to use a complete restore but felt confident that all of my […]