Announcement: PFRE Photography Workshop – Chicago, IL – April 26-27, 2019

February 13th, 2019

I’m pleased to announce that the PFRE real estate photography workshop will be going to the U.S. Midwest for the first time ever! Long-time PFRE contributors Tony Colangelo and Garey Gomez will be delivering the workshop in Chicago, IL on April 26-27, 2019.

  • Only 20 seats available, so click here to secure your spot now!
  • View past attendee testimonials here

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Flickr May Delete Some of Your Photos on March 12, 2019

February 12th, 2019

If you are a long time Flickr user as I know some PFRE readers are, you should know what’s going to happen next month.

Last year, SmugMug bought Flickr to save it from Verizon. To make Flickr sustainable, SmugMug is limiting free accounts to 1000 photos. They originally planned to delete photos over the 1000 limit on February 5, 2019, but they extended the deadline to March 12, 2019 because they had some troubles with the photo downloader.

So if you are a free Flickr user with more than 1000 photos in your account and want to keep the photos, you’d better check out these instructions for downloading. Pro Flickr users are not affected.

Where to Host Your Video and Why

February 11th, 2019

Last week I had an interesting discussion with a reader about video hosting. The reader was complaining that on many posts I embed YouTube videos (like this post) when you do that when the video ends it displays a series of thumbnails that if clicked link to other videos on your YouTube home page. I’d never even noticed this YouTube feature that started in September of last year. Has anyone else noticed this feature or find it objectionable?

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Deciding What to Put Up with from Clients

February 10th, 2019

Alex asks the following:

If an agent is always asking for freebies and difficult to work with, emails asking for the transfer of images once again, do you charge a processing fee for sending the link again because the client is technologically challenged?

I don’t think there’s a simple pat answer. The answer depends on the state of your business and how bad you want to continue working with this agent. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Continue Reading »

White Balance for Shooting Video – by Grant Johnston

February 8th, 2019

A Way for Real Estate Photographers to Speed Up Their Lightroom Work

February 7th, 2019

Roy, the PFRE editor, pointed out an interesting article by Lee Morris over at reviewing a new hardware interface for Lightroom Classic CC called Lupedeck+.

At first, I was a bit skeptical about replacing the Lightroom sliders with a physical keyboard interface but Lee’s video review makes a good case that this will speed up your Lightroom work. Exactly what many high volume real estate shooters need. So unless you outsource all your post-processing this may be an option for you to consider.

It is $249USD with free worldwide shipping.

Amazing Changes Going on in the Digital Photography World

February 6th, 2019

There were a couple of interesting articles that caught my attention in the past couple of weeks:

  1. Canon Sees the Digital Camera Market Plunging by 50% in Next Two Years.
  2. How AI is changing photography.

Both of these trends are because of what’s happening in the world of SmartPhones. Of course, as #1 says, those of us who insist on removable lenses and big sensors will always want the mirrorless gear that we are all moving toward these days for professional work. But smartphone cameras are producing better and better quality images without much work and they are replacing everything but professional gear. Continue Reading »

What Options Are Available to Real Estate Photographers for Insurance?

February 5th, 2019

Jack in the Gainesville, Florida recently asked:

What type and amount of insurance is recommended for a real estate photographer? Also, is there a company that most use for this insurance?

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UPDATE: PFRE Conference Venue

February 4th, 2019

At the end of last year, we posted a few polls to gauge the level of interest readers have in attending a live PFRE conference. The feedback was excellent, and we believe the demand is there to create an event where industry members can gather to network, learn, and have a great time. Since that post, we have been hard at work lining up a great list of speakers and vendors. The main thing left to do is settle on a venue.

The poll we took in December had Chicago as the clear favorite so we explored our options and identified a few great venues. Knowing that most real estate photographers are busiest in the spring and early fall, we were leaning toward a mid to late November conference in Chicago. We were very close to finalizing our decision but the recent cold snap Chicago is experiencing has me questioning whether or not it is the best location for a mid to late November event. Continue Reading »

Questions about Tax Preparation

February 3rd, 2019

Keri in Witchita asks:

  1. What software or system do you use to keep track of paperwork, taxes, invoices, etc.?
  2. How do you classify your out-of-country editing processing when filing the deduction of that service when there is no W-9 to obtain?
  3. Can you write off mileage on your taxes if you are charging a fee for your mileage?

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Congratulations to Jared Saulnier – January 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month

February 2nd, 2019

Congratulations to Jared Saulnier from Portsmouth, NH who has won the January 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Jared’s winning video.

Here’s what Jared had to say about his winning video:

Thank you for choosing my video for the January VOTM! This project was for what became the second highest sale in the state of NH at $10.8 million and closing in January 2019. I mostly work in the Seacoast of the NH area but get to the Lake Winnipesaukee area when I can to shoot some incredible homes. The home, from what I’ve heard, was originally built by one of Microsoft’s founders and they say he spent almost $20 million to build it.

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The Lodge at Steamboat Springs – by Charlie Dresen

February 1st, 2019

February Photographer of the Month Contest NOW OPEN!

February 1st, 2019

Photo Contest:

The February 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Month contest is now open.

Submit your photo 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 living room/family room.
  • Matt Davis won last year’s contest with this great image.
  • The contest will be open until 24:00 UTC on February 15th.
  • Winner will be announced on February 23rd.





Should You Give Listing Photos to the Home Seller When Their Home Didn’t Sell?

January 31st, 2019

Alex asks:

My agent client asked me to give the listing photos to the homeowner (who decided not to sell the $4million home after all). The homeowner wants the images to blow up one of them into a large print to hang in the home (I assume this is a lie), do you give your clients free licensing to pass on the images to the homeowner?

My first question is how well does your agent client understand your photo licensing? The classic problem is many real estate photographers never take the time to write down their licensing terms or to make sure their clients and/or homeowners understand their licensing. Not having people understand your terms always leads to misunderstandings.

On the other hand, if everyone involved understands your terms, it doesn’t hurt to give the homeowner the single photo they want. I don’t think I’d give all the listing photos to the homeowner. Although it may make sense to license all the listing photos to the homeowner assuming they were going to use the photos to list their home in the future.

Contradictions Going on with Drone Regulation and Enforcement are Amazing!

January 30th, 2019

In the past few weeks, I was struck by the contradictions illustrated by news stories about drone regulation. These were the two stories:

  1. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing new rules that would allow drones to be flown at night and over people without waivers, as long as certain conditions are met. The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announced the proposed rules on Jan. 14, 2019.
  2. Two drones were sighted over Teterboro Airport (TEB), a general aviation relief airport owned and managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is a very busy part of the world, some 20 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA), and 28 miles from JFK.

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