Brent in the Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia area asks:
Lately I've been shooting with the interior lights off but have noticed the rooms look a bit less inviting. I'm trying the "lightless" method because so many fixtures are missing light bulbs, or they were all different hues, or the color casts were crazy and required extra time to correct. I'm curious to see how many photographers do it with the lights off, and for those that keep them on, what is their reasoning?
Yes, a room looks more inviting with the lights on. I suspect that the reason many photographers turn the interior lights off is the issue of controlling the white balance. But I find that if you use even one small flash, the color balance of the flash dominates the room, minimizing the effect of mixed colors from the room lights.
Carry a few LED lights with you on a shoot to replace missing or burned out bulbs. Also, instruct Realtors to make sure there are no burned out or missing bulbs. An on the ball listing agent will have this issue solved.