The Cost of US Photo Copyright Registration Increases on Feb 20th – Do You Register Your Photos?

February 5th, 2018

Kerry in Iowa points out that:

It looks like beginning Feb 20th, 2018, we (US Photographers) will be limited to 750 photos per registration. (See: this page). Based on the number of photos I registered last year, the new rule is going to increase my registration fees this year by at least $110. I’m sure it will affect others as well.

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Shooting Spaces – A Real Estate Photography Podcast

February 4th, 2018

There’s a new real estate photography podcast hosted by Rich Baum and Brian Berkowitz called Shooting Spaces – A Real Estate Photography Podcast.

You can find this podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and all the other standard places you subscribe to podcasts or you can listen to the podcast at the Shooting Spaces website.

Note that when searching for this podcast, you can just search for “real estate photography” because it has that string in the name.

Update: Also, as I point out to Jerry below, you can listen to this podcast anywhere, anytime on your smartphone by downloading a podcast app and subscribing to the podcast on the app. You don’t have to listen to this podcast on their website.

Photoshop CC’s New Subject Selection Feature May Speed Up Sky Replacements

February 2nd, 2018

Which 360 Video Camera Should You Buy for Real Estate Tours?

February 1st, 2018

Manuel in New Jersey asked:

What is the best 360 camera for real estate?

This might seem like a simple question but it’s not. There are a huge number cameras that shoot 360s on the market and more coming on the market every day. First, here are my assumptions about the real estate part of this question: Continue Reading »

The Power of Informally Narrated Walk-Through Property Video

January 31st, 2018

I recently noticed a comment in the PFRE Flickr discussion group by Joe Zekas in Chicago that has some very valuable insights. Joe says:

I published our first real estate video 10 years ago and now have more than 3,000 online. Some lessons learned, with an assist from YouTube Analytics and viewer response:

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PFRE February Still Photo Contest – NOW OPEN

January 31st, 2018

The February 2018, PFRE still photo contest is now open for submissions at

  • This months theme is living room or family room
  • Last year Jenn Verrier from Arlington, VA, won with this amazing image.
  • The contest will be open until 24:00 UTC on February 15th.
  • Winner will be announced on February 23rd.

This is always an exciting theme, looking forward to another great month of entries.

Good luck everyone!

What Do Real Estate Photographers Do When the Weather Is Bad?

January 30th, 2018

DanSkyreplacementKimi in Minnesota asks:

I’m wondering how other photographers deal with weather related rescheduling. In Minnesota, weather is not always nice and sunny, nor is it always ideal for those perfect exterior shots that every agent wants. Recently, we have had several agents that cancel last minute because it’s “too cloudy”, and even had one agent send us an email that going forward they will not have any photos taken on cloudy days. Obviously, that creates havoc from a scheduling perspective, but this particular agent has been with us for 15 years and is a very heavy lister, so I feel some loyalty to accommodate her the best we can. How does everyone handle bad weather situations?

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DJI’s Mavic Air – An Amazing Announcement!

January 29th, 2018

Last week, DJI made an amazing announcement: The Mavic Air. It is getting very good reviews. Apparently, it is tiny (fits in a jacket pocket), light (under a pound), and practically uncrashable (capable of flying itself). The built-in camera shoots 12-megapixel stills, shoots 4K video, and 32-megapixel panoramas. It is set to start shipping on Jan 28th.

In this video, Casey Neistat puts it through its paces and compares it to the Mavic Pro, Mavic Sparc, and Phantom 4. Continue Reading »

Announcing Cooper-Colangelo Photography Workshop in Atlanta, GA; April 13-14

January 28th, 2018

I’m pleased to announce that a real estate photography workshop will be returning to the Southeast U.S. for the first time in four years. Long-time PFRE contributors Brandon Cooper and Tony Colangelo will be delivering their workshop in Atlanta, GA on April 13 & 14.

This interactive and highly engaging workshop will benefit:

  • Relatively new real estate photographers wanting to demystify the learning curve
  • HDR shooters who want to make the move to off-camera flash once and for all
  • High-volume photographers wanting to create better images while maintaining efficiency and profit margins
  • Experienced shooters wanting to augment their brand with images that will entice high-profile clientele

The workshop meets these goals by applying principles gleaned from the field of psychology. Tony, who is a former psychologist, says:

It’s been proven time and again that certain factors are almost always at play when someone loves an image –  even if that person doesn’t know why they love it so much! Brandon and I believe that if photographers can apply these factors when they compose, light, and edit an image, they’re more likely to consistently create photos that impact their clients, regardless of whether they’re a real estate agent, interior designer, builder, or architect. Our workshop gives participants a truly step-by-step approach that they’ll be able to pick-up quickly and apply confidently.

The workshop also highlights the psychology behind creating a successful brand. Given that a client’s first encounter with a photographer’s brand usually happens online, the workshop will review a number of best practices in website development. This includes the optimal number of images to have in a website gallery and the single, most important guideline to use when determining the order of your gallery images.

For more information (including testimonials from previous workshop participants) and registration, click here.

Act quickly–only 20 seats available!

Speeding Up Your Workflow by Using Luminosity Masks – by Kerry Bern

January 26th, 2018

Checkout the UK/Europe Property Photography Facebook Group

January 26th, 2018

Peter Drought in the UK says:

We are in the process of trying to start up a Facebook discussion group specifically for the UK / Europe property photography market. I was just wondering if you would be prepared to share the link as we are trying to spread the message to anyone who might potentially be interested. Property Photography is a sector of the market that has started to grow in the UK in the last few years, and up until now, there haven’t been that many resources and places to discuss it here.

Check out Peter’s Property Photography/Estate Agent Photography Facebook group here.

How Do You Make Sure a Property Is Ready to Photograph When You Arrive?

January 25th, 2018

ClarkListingGary in Chicago asked:

Is there a good way to handle homeowners that are not really ready and expect you to stage each room Telling the homeowner I’m on a schedule resulted in a request to come back, expecting the agent to pay. I wound up spending three times as much time and had to skip the video tour because the crap from one room was in the next.

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Does the Recently Announced Kodak Coin Do Anything to Help Protect Photographers Rights?

January 23rd, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Brian Balduf (CEO of VHT) mentioned to me that he was hopeful that the newly announced Kodak Coin (blockchain initiative) would help in protecting photographers’ rights. At the time, I’d not heard of it so I did some research on the subject. Here’s what I found: Continue Reading »

Congratulations Wayne Capili – January PFRE Photographer of the Month

January 23rd, 2018

As you can see, we had an awesome bunch of twilight exterior entries this month. Congratulations to Wayne Capili in Monterey, CA, whom the jury has voted PFRE Photographer of the Month for January, 2018.

Wayne’s last win was PFRE Photographer of the Year in 2008. An interesting fact that I had learned about Wayne about a year ago when I had dinner in San Francisco with Wayne and Scott Hargis is that Wayne spent time working with Ansel Adams. Continue Reading »

Is Demand for Real Estate Photography Increasing?

January 22nd, 2018

Shawn in North Carolina says:

The last time I shot real estate photos was back in the stone age of film. I’m doing my due diligence now as I want to start again (but in a part-time capacity, at least for now). I keep reading that during 2016-2017 the market was so hot, that homes sold within a day or a few days. Is there any evidence of how a hot market has affected the value of real estate photography?

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