PhotoFocus Article On Scott Hargis: Jaron Schneider over at PhotoFocus.com has a great article on Scott. Here at PFRE we all know Scott as the author of the Lighting Interiors e-book which over the last four years has grown into a real estate photography classic on interior lighting. However, as Jaron describes, Scott has progressed way beyond real estate to being a very successful architectural and interior design photographer and doesn't shoot much real estate much anymore.
I first met Scott in 2008 when I did a PFRE workshop in Seattle. Scott did an early version of his lighting classes as part of the workshop which eventually grew into his classic Lighting Interiors e-book. I have learned a huge amount about lighting from Scott in the almost 5 years I've been publishing his e-book. Jaron has done a great job I think of profiling Scott, his work and his intensely professional approach to interior photography.
Using Professional Photography for Listing Helps Sell Homes Faster: Another study, this time by VHT Studios, a large tour provider in the Chicago area and on the east coast shows that homes that use professional photographers sell 32% faster. Also, sites a 2013 joint report by Google and the NAR that real estate searches on Google when up 243% in the past four years. I think both of the RedFin studies (here and here) are still more compelling. Thanks to Dave in Perth for pointing out this article.
4 Insider Trick to Sell Your Home on a Tight Timeline: Michael in Lincoln, IL pointed out this article by Dave Ramsey on how to get your home sold quickly. These four items: Accentuating the Positive, Using Knockout Photos, pricing the property right and hiring a top listing agent are all right-on.
NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones: Theverge.com reports that, "NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground — much lower than conventional aircraft — at its Moffett Field base around four miles from Google's Mountain View headquarters. The system would check for other low-flying drone traffic, help the small unmanned vehicles avoid buildings, and scan for adverse weather conditions that might knock a drone out of the sky." Makes good sense, with everything everyone wants to do with small drones, if there isn't a pretty high tech traffic control system the world below 400 feet will be chaos very soon!