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Congratulations Brian Doherty - PFRE Photographer Of The Month For July

Published: 23/07/2015
By: larry

Brian DohertyJuly2015Congratulations to Brian Doherty of Boston MA who the jury has voted PFRE photographer of the month for July.

Brian is a first-time winner. He's been a regular contestant for many months.

Here are all the winners:

  1. #22, Brian Doherty, Boston, MA
  2. #14, Barry MacKenzie, London, ON
  3. #12, Tony Colangelo, Victoria, BC
  4. #11, Alasdair McIntosh, York, UK
  5. #19, Andy Yutsai Wang, Los Angeles, CA

As usual there is some great analysis and discussion on composition and lighting in comments of each entry. If you are working at raising the level of your work these comments and discussion are a must read!

I've updated the photos in the contest Flickr group to show all the entrants names.

Here are Brian's comments on his photo:

Thank you so much, Larry, and to all the judges. I am so honored to have won this months contest. I stumbled upon this site about 5 years ago when I was trying to figure out what kind of camera to buy so I could shoot my mother's listings for her. I thought all I needed was an expensive camera and my photos would look amazing (haha, boy was I wrong). I have learned so much from your site and this community through the years that is has literally changed my life.

This bathroom was taken on a very cold, stormy winter day, and the light was just beautiful at the time of the shoot. This was a single exposure with all the natural light streaming in from the window above the tub. Post was pretty simple with a little dodging and burning here and there for some added dimension. I also added the fun zebra print to the big blank wall space to balance out the shot. Shot with Nikon D750 1/4 at F7.1 ISO 250

9 comments on “Congratulations Brian Doherty - PFRE Photographer Of The Month For July”

  1. Great shot - congrats - perfect in every sense

    this is to my mind, more architectural photography than real estate. the difference is slim but there - to this I mean the fact the lights are not on in the shot - none of my 15 or so clients would like a shot without the lights being on - real estate photography is essentially about selling a product, a large one at that- rare would be the store or showroom where the proprietor left the lights off and had only natural light cascade over the $500 000 product.

    I certainly see the beauty in this style of shot, and yes, it does present the property in a certain light, a natural one. Real Estate photography in my mind ,and my clients, is lights on and natural light combined.

    This is a fantastic shot though more photography for Architecture, not photography for real estate - and so not a winner in a competition about real estate photography

    just my opinion

  2. Beautiful images Brian.
    I love the interior shots with no lamps or very little incandescent lighting.
    The first thing I do when I arrive at a site, is have the agent turn on all the lights. then, I have to fight to balance the between the flash, available daylight and the lamps, and come up with a happy medium. Sometimes, when I'm shooting a bedroom that has different bulbs in the lamps, I look for similar bulbs in another room and steal it from that location, while burning the heck out of my or the agents hand. or, I shoot an entrance with a chandelier that has some bulbs missing, and have to fix it in Photoshop. your way with lights off is so much nicer.

    I will have to try to transition from every light in the home being on, to no lighting, but it might take a while to get the agents to go along.

    Congratulations, very nice work!

  3. @Saul I respectfully disagree, and the judges did as well. This was for real estate 100%. My clients hire me to get people in the door of their listings. They do not care if the lights are on or off, they just want it to look its best (sometimes it's with all natural light). If a potential homeowner sees the photos online and they call their agent to schedule a showing because they fell in love with the photos then my job is done. If it looks like it should be an architectural magazine that's even better.

    Also, no agent has ever told me that the house sold because their clients fell in love with the light fixtures.

  4. Thanks Brian - I actually respectfully disagree with my own point in a creative sense - your image was great. My point is only made on my experience. I have produced shots without the lights on using only natural light and the feedback is instant - put the lights on - looks like lights are blow or there is an electrical issue in the bathroom etc

    no people do not buy houses because of light fixtures, nor do they buy houses because the lights are off - our job is to create the images to get people there.

    point remains - your image would fit comfortably in an architectural shoot and not a real estate shoot - in my experience. Which is a compliment. Aren't a lot of real estate photographers semi frustrated architectural photographers ?

    Im off to shoot a house now and will see if i can throw a few naturally lighted shots in and report back on feedback

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