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Free Real Estate Photography Tutorials

Published: 25/10/2018
By: larry

For many years, I've had a page on the PFRE blog that has links to the YouTube channels of many of the real estate photographers that have done or currently do free real estate videos. Since the number of people doing great real estate videos has increased so much in the past few years, I thought I should take the time to update this list because these tutorials are a valuable resource for all real estate photographers.

I've updated this page and I will continue to do so in the future but I think it's also important to point out that finding video tutorials on literally any subject is fast and easy. YouTube has a staggering amount of content and is the second largest search engine on the planet. Here's how to use it if you don't already know:

  1. Go to YouTube.com
  2. Use the search bar along the top of the page to type in your search string.
  3. Your search string can be general like "real estate photography" or very specific like "using luminosity masks in photoshop."

You'll be amazed at what you can find on YouTube. A few years ago, I was struggling with figuring out how to get the spare tire out from under my 2006 Toyota Tacoma. So I typed: "how to get the spare tire out from under my 2006 Toyota Tacoma" in the YouTube search string and bingo, many great demonstrations.

5 comments on “Free Real Estate Photography Tutorials”

  1. What might also be helpful is a list of links to specific techniques that are relevant to most RE photographers. Things such as sky replacements, window pulls, tv/art replacement, etc. They aren't always tagged very well. I know I stumble into things that are useful but are described for wedding photography or landscapes.

    I remember a very good segment in one of Mike Kelly's video from fStoppers that shows a way to straighten a picture on a wall seamlessly. I vaguely remember another tutorial on how to fix a slightly open cabinet door that I wish I could find again. It's those little things that can be lifesavers (or save a whole mess of time over figuring out how to do it on one's own).

  2. Where would we be without Google? A few weeks ago, I was shooting a vacant home out in the sticks. I had opened the garage door to bring in my gear but I couldn't get it to close. Every time I pushed the button, it would just make a humming sound and the light would blink on and off. I dreaded telling the agent that I was going to have to leave the home in that condition!

    Using my phone, I Googled "Liftmaster door won't close light blinks" and quickly found out that the sensors were out of alignment. After clearing off the cobwebs and re-positioning the sensors, I got the door to close. Whew! 🙂

  3. YouTube can be a huge distraction (I easily get roped into watching every damn camera review), but it truly is invaluable. I’ve learned almost everything I know about shooting real estate mostly from YouTube.

    Taking a step back, virtually everything I know about photography was learned from inexpensive or free online resources such as YouTube, Lynda.com, Scott Hargis tutorials and ebooks, Mike Kelly videos, podcasts (shout out to Shooting Spaces!), Larry Lohrman ebooks, and PFRE, of course! All post college, just because I was into it.

  4. 10 years ago, I was learning the craft, and stumbled onto some amazing images by a photographer named Colin Cadle. He had photographed a glass ceiling atrium, with perfect exposure in the sky, grass, trees, and inside of the building, right down to details in the shadows.

    I spent 2 years with film in commercial photo school, and I knew that what he was doing, with no hotspots, and perfect lighting in extreme contrast conditions, was virtually impossible. He said it was a combined image.

    I googled it, and saw the word HDR for the first time. In six months, I had my technique down pat, thanks to youtube videos on HDR.

  5. @Randy, Colin was promising to do a tutorial on his workflow. His images do look great. Before he could get around to it, he had some serious health issues and I don't think he's interested in making the tutorial now. It's too bad. When I see somebody that constantly makes really great images, I want to know how they did it. It might not fit with what I do, but it's another tool in the box should I need it.

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