Congratulations to Zoltan Present from LuxHunters Real Estate Video and Photography Services in Miami, Florida. Zoltan won the October Videographer of the Month contest with this great video and has now been named PFRE Videographer of the Year for 2018.
Here's what Zoltan had to say about the win:
Wow! What a surprise! I am greatly honored! : )
Being recognized by PFRE for the hard work we do at Luxhunters is really wonderful.
It has been 3 years since I have started offering videography to our clients after being bullied into it by one of my dear customers. The first videos I did were drone videos with a slideshow of photos for the interiors. The second step was holding the drone in my hand and walking around the house for filming. It was an obvious choice as the drone had great stabilization and very decent dynamic range (Phantom 3Pro). Then came the A7S (used in PP modes which only gave me headaches for a year) with the CameTV Mini2 gimbal (not a good choice) for a while until we finally found a winning combination (on a recommendation of one PFRE member) of the Panasonic GH4 and Ronin-M combo.
Six months later, we introduced a slider to our workflow and the videos started to look really good. These days we use the GH5, Ronin-S, and Edelkrone motorized slider combo for best results. The GH5 has great colors and decent dynamic range and at this point, the only camera that allows us to film in 4K at 60fps. I like the 60fps as it gives us the possibility to slow down the footage for better smoothness.
Videography has become a key part of real estate marketing and we have been working hard to stay ahead of the ever growing competition. I know that a lot of photographers are still hesitant to make the jump to start offering videography to their clients but I must say... it is necessary in most cases. One of the benefits of offering video is that it is a format where you can actually put your logo at the end of the film which most MLSs do not allow on still photos. Most realtors don't know where to find us when they look at our world class photos on the MLS or in the client's mailers but they can easily look us up once they see our logo at the end of the film. This way, the realtors become our main sales agents; they are eagerly sending out our marketing materials (our most recent videos) to 10,000 realtors; and they even pay for the mailing! : )
I encourage everyone to start experimenting with this very rewarding segment; you will be grateful you did.
Have a wonderful and extremely successful 2019!!!