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What if a Client Schedules You to Shoot During Open House?

September 4th, 2018

Dori in Michigan asks:

I just recently did a shoot that was scheduled at the same time as an open house. I was not  informed that this was going to happen. I did the best I could with what I was given, however my client is not happy with the product because there were items on the counters and the listing was not straightened up. Has anyone else had to photograph a property while an open house was happening? If so, how did you handle it? This is the first time this has happened for me.

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Michael Yearout’s Quadruple Bypass Recovery Fund

September 4th, 2018

Michael Yearout, in Breckenridge Colorado, a long-time participant in the PFRE community had a quadruple bypass surgery about a month ago and can use some help.

Michael says:

A little less than a month ago, I had to have emergency quadruple bypass surgery. The recovery time is long and painful. 6 to 8 weeks before I can go back to work. As I am self employed, I don’t have any paid sick leave, vacation, or any other thing to make up for the lost income I would be making. But of course, the bills just keep on coming in–mortgage payments, insurance, gas, food, etc.

Here is Michael’s GoFundMe page where you can help him out.

Hope you are back on your feet soon Michael!

CamRanger 2 and CamRanger Mini Coming in 2019

September 3rd, 2018

Apparently, CamRanger has some great new features coming in 2019:

  • CamRanger 2 – Faster and farther range, Sony and Fuji support, and new app design and features.
  • CamRanger Mini – Advanced wireless camera control in a much smaller size, priced at $199.99.

The CamRanger website talks about these two things like they are two different products. Hopefully, they will eventually be merged into one. We’ll see. Both sound like great steps forward!

 

Do You Subscribe to the $9.99 Adobe Photographer’s Bundle?

September 2nd, 2018

Russell in Oregon says:

I’m wondering how many people are paying the monthly fee for the most recent Photoshop or Lightroom after buying the stand alone versions. Personally, after paying for the standalone versions of CS6 and LR5, I decided there was no way I was going to start sending Adobe a monthly fee simply for the most recent tools. Am I REALLY missing out on anything?

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September 2018 Photographer of the Month Contest – NOW OPEN!

September 1st, 2018

The September 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest is now open.

Submit your entries here (NOTE: If you do not provide your full name at the time of submission, your entry will not be accepted.)

  • This month’s theme is: patio deck or garden space
  • Dave Spencer won last year’s contest with this great image.
  • The contest will be open until 24:00 UTC on September 15th.
  • Winner will be announced on September 23rd.

 

 

How to Fix Color Casts by Nathan Cool

August 31st, 2018

Wide-Angle Lenses for Real Estate Photography: How Wide Is Wide?

August 30th, 2018

I wrote the original post on this subject in 2007 and not surprisingly, that post has been the most popular subject on the PFRE blog. This is because a wide-angle lens is something everyone getting into real estate must get before anything else because you can’t get by shooting interiors with off-the-shelf kit lenses that come with cameras!

When talking about wide-angle lenses, it’s important to understand that the sensor size of the camera the lens is mounted on has an effect on the angle of view of the lens: Continue Reading »

Lumenzia: A Luminosity Masking Panel for Photoshop

August 29th, 2018

In the most recent episode of Shooting Spaces Podcast, Rich and Brian interviewed Greg Benz who is the developer of Lumenzia, which is an extension for Photoshop that allows you to:

  1. Select and mask anything visually
  2. Creates masks automatically
  3. Simplifies exposure blending
  4. Keeps files smaller by not using channels
  5. Creates vignettes with ease

I think Lumenzia has the potential to be very useful in real estate photography post-processing for those who use or would like to start using exposure blending. Lumenzia is $39.99 and for $79, Greg does an extensive video class in Lumenzia.

How Various Wide-Angle Lenses Deal with Recessed Ceiling Lights

August 28th, 2018

Update 9/4/2018: Kelvin has pointed out that there is evidence that the problem he points out below is actually a Sony ghosting problem with the A6000, A6300, A6500 and A7’s. See this article for more details.

Kelvin from Bigsky Country sent me the example to the right and says:

In light of Nikon’s announcement last week, I’m wondering if I should buy another Sony A7R series camera, or wait for the new Nikon Z6/Z7 mirrorless. I did an actual lens test on an issue that’s been bugging me for a while. Certain combinations of lens/cameras I use render flare and light bloom in different ways, and some are just horrible in certain situations.

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Listing Photos Should Be Removed from Real Estate Sites after Sale!

August 27th, 2018

Brian Balduf, CEO of VHT.com has recently pointed out that:

A small “ask for help” type article in a small local paper about listing photographs being used after the sale, got picked up by Realtor Magazine.

Stories like this definitely help in our argument that it’s not just an issue for photographers; it’s a consumer issue as well.

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Nikon Announcement: A New Beginning for Nikon or the Beginning of the End?

August 26th, 2018

Last week, Nikon announced its entry into the world of mirrorless cameras. It’s been fun hearing what YouTubers who went to Nikon’s hands-on event in New York on August 23 think about Nikon’s Z6 and Z7, and the handful of Z mount lenses that will be available soon. Overall opinions are mixed. Jared Polin is generally positive, Kai W is positive, DPreview is positive, but Tony and Chelsea Northrup are not excited about the Z6 and Z7. Continue Reading »

Congratulations Garey Gomez! – August 2018 PFRE Photographer of the Month

August 24th, 2018

Congratulations to Garey Gomez from Decatur, GA, August 2018 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was daylight exterior and Garey’s image is a great example of how powerful a thoughtful composition with subtle editing can be. A true testament that you don’t need to be shooting multi-million dollar homes every day to create impactful images. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary.

This is Garey’s second POTM win this year. He previously won the foyer/entrance contest back in June with this great image. Continue Reading »

How to Shoot Luxury Real Estate

August 24th, 2018

How Do You Build a Credible Portfolio of Real Estate Work When Getting Started?

August 23rd, 2018

ProtfolioNina in Florida asked the following:

How do you find high-end properties to show on your website? I know you need to show your best work to get started. Is going to interior designers a good idea to shoot their projects?

This is a classic problem for real estate photographers getting started. How to build a portfolio of work? Yes, you need a good looking portfolio and you preferably want some images of upper-end homes. There are two approaches that work pretty well: Continue Reading »

August VOTM Entry Deadline Extended

August 23rd, 2018

The entry deadline for the August 2018 Videographer of the Month contest has been extended to September 22nd.

  • You can upload your entries here.