Kimi's Question: I want to know is there a best image size for dimensions AND dpi when resizing your photos for web and print to give to the client? I know all MLS's vary in uploaded file size, but what is the absolute best display for for web and print? When I have researched these further, I get answers all across the board...help! .
Answer: There's two parts to your question:
- MLS photos: There is no one answer for all MLSs. Always use sRGB color space for photos destined for the web/MLS. Your goal for MLS photos is to submit photos exactly the specifications your particular MLS recommends (pixel dimensions, and file size) because you don't want them to have to automatically resize or mess with the file in anyway.
- Print media: For real estate, my experience is there are two contexts, printing flyers via a color Laser Printer and printing postcards or high quality brochures via a commercial printer.
- Flyers on a Color Laser Printer: My HP Laser Printer does just fine if I send it RGB color space photos and giving it a higher dpi than 150 dpi doesn't improve the look... it just takes longer.
- Postcards/Brochures on a commercial printer: Most commercial printers expect CMYK color space although this isn't always the case. Always ask the printing company what dpi and color space to use. These kind of printers almost always require 300 dpi photos for best quality.
So, when sending photos to a client the best approach is to send them a set of MLS photos designed to upload to their particular MLS and for print, ask the client what kind of printing they are going to do.
Julie's Question: Do you offer private tutorials/education? Or can you recommend someone? I'm very busy but I'm ready to take my photos to the next level.
Answer: This is a very common question. Scott Hargis has lighting workshops in years past and Malia Campbell has given video workshops and I announce those on the blog whenever they are scheduled. Scott and Malia's workshops are very popular but you have to go to whatever city they are given in. A second best alternative is video tutorials. Scott has a great video series and I expect there will be more video tutorials in the near future. Also, participation the PFRE flickr forum and the monthly PFRE contest is a great source of education.
Ted's Question: 1) I'm currently using a 70D with a Tokina 12-24 f4.0 lens. I notice that the Tokina gives me a lot of glare and flare. 2) I started out shooting 3 exposures and have now went to 9. I'm considering using Dark Room with exposiohdr.com for outsourcing my stuff at night, when I'm very busy, or maybe even altogether for continuity. 3) Is there a better wide angle that won't be so bad with the flares? Also . . . Should I consider switching to a 5D Mark II? I know its older, but I can't afford a Mark iii and I also do a lot of video stuff on the side not related to real estate.
Answer: I have the following feedback:
- For a lens I'd recommend the Canon 10-22, it is the best there is for real estate. I haven't had experience with the Tokina but if the Canon 10-22 won't fix your problem, nothing will. This lens is the best wide angle Canon lens for cropped sensor bodies like the 70D.
- For video yes, the 5D MkII will probably be better for video because of it's better performance at high ISOs. However, a 5DMkII would require a significant expenditure in a good wide angle full frame lens. Like a 16-35 mm or 17-40mm both of which are more expensive than the 10-22mm.
- I always try to encourage real estate photographers to move beyond HDR. As your photographic experience evolves you will see the negatives of using HDR for real estate. One problem the amount of post processing required. If you want to shoot brackets, I think using LR/Enfuse along with a single flash is a way to get good quality and keep the post processing time at a minimum.
What recommendations do readers have on these questions? Feel free to jump in and give your favorite solution.