Last week Dave asked:
I've been away from real estate photography for a couple of years. I'm curious if there have been notable changes to how people are creating their real estate images. I'm still shooting 3-6 bracketed images and using the fusion (interior) setting in Photomatix (version 5) for jobs that I feel require a little more hand-holding. I may process some images using the LR Enfuse Plugin. Of my bracketed images I may include a frame or two with a flash to add a little "pop" to the whites or to offset over-exposed windows, etc. I'm still shooting an original Canon 7D from 2009 which despite multiple falls from tripod level, is working just fine.
Is this still a common "go-to" workflow for many people? Have new techniques, software, or gadgets arrived that would prove to be beneficial to RE Photographers images?
I wouldn't say there is a single "go-to" workflow. You can see this from our poll titled "What is your main method of lighting for real estate photography" (6th poll down on the poll page).
The light poll shows that:
What has become noticeably more popular in the past few years is hand blending ambient and flash frames in Photoshop. You can see the popularity of this technique in the postings in the PFRE Flickr group.
Because of this increase in popularity of hand blending in Photoshop Simon Maxwell has added several chapters in his Enfuse book on this technique and extended the name of the book to include that technique.
Over the past few years, there are more 360, floorplan and virtual staging products being sold but with all of these things, you have to be very careful to make sure these are in demand in your market.
Probably the biggest change in real estate photography in the past few years is the usage of UAVs.