|Dave from Perth, Western Australia recently sent me a link to his first real estate video, showcasing a block of land on a golf course estate. The agent's request was to shoot the block and the golf course and get some footage of nearby locations that shows off the area's laid-back lifestyle. The agent was very impressed and wants to use more video to promote future listings. Dave used a 5D Mark II with a variety of lenses (mostly the 16-35L II) on a Manfrotto 501HDV fluid head. The major thing Dave learned from this first video is that video requires much more time, effort and storage space than does still photography so you better charge accordingly.
Suzanne Feinberg in Phoenix has been coaching Dave on his marketing and business techniques to help him move from a low paying contract real estate photography gig to expanding his own business. Thanks Suzanne for helping out. Dave says your coaching is working!Since Dave is relatively new to video he requested that I do a poll to find out what most real estate photographers are using these days for video editing software.
I have to say that I really like the new version of Final Cut Pro X. But I come to FCP X as a iMovie user and have never used previous versions of FCP so it feels like iMovie on steroids. I love it. Please take our poll to the right and let us know what you are using.