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Real Estate Video – Equipment, Settings and Shot Ideas

One of the most-asked questions I get from y’all is how do I do real estate video? What equipment do you use, what settings do you use, how do you actually put everything together? We’ll divide this up into a couple of posts so this doesn’t turn into a huge book. For now, let’s take a look at the equipment I use when capturing video for real estate, what settings I set on my camera and different angles or shots that I take throughout the home. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:38:42+00:00 May 7th, 2017|How To|9 Comments

Real Estate Video Tours DJI Ronin-M Review

Looking to spice up your services offered to your Realtor clients? Want to jump on the video wagon because it’s perceived as a higher-value item, thus allowing you to charge more? Ever wanted to start doing real estate walk-through tours but don’t have a clue how you can keep your camera steady so buyers don’t get sick watching your video? 🙂 This post may be just what you are looking for! […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:46:00+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Gear|34 Comments

How to Backup Photos and Videos

I have received plenty of requests from clients to resend photos and/or videos to them well after the photo shoot is completed. Whether the listing is being rejuvenated and going back on the market, or the agent needs photos for some new marketing material, there are good reasons to backup photos and videos for future retrieval. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:46:20+00:00 June 17th, 2015|How To|6 Comments

Real Estate Photography Tips HDR with Photomatix and Lightroom

Previously I have shared how to edit/process natural-looking real estate interiors with the Enfuse plug-in for Lightroom. A lot of readers have asked for help with another method of processing real estate photos, using the software Photomatix. So I went and purchased Photomatix and came up with a workflow that I would like to share. Here we go! […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:46:46+00:00 April 10th, 2015|How To|66 Comments

Gift Ideas for the Real Estate Photographer

Need some last minute gift ideas for a real estate photographer in your life? Or perhaps you are a real estate photographer and you want some ideas on things to get yourself as a gift? Here are a few small items that I think all real estate photographers should think about having in their camera bags. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:48:44+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Gear|3 Comments

Create a Prep/ToDo List Website for Sellers

I am very adamant and clear that I do not stage properties. Clients know ahead of time that I am expected to focus on taking great photos when I arrive – not rearrange furniture or clean up after messy home sellers. Utilizing a professional home stager is one of the best things agents can do to increase the level of service they provide to sellers, however a lot of Realtors still don’t take advantage of the amazing results a stager brings to the table. To protect myself from having to do anything I don’t want to do and also to promote the hiring of professional stagers, I created a prep/todo list website that I pass along to clients when appointments are booked. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:52:17+00:00 September 25th, 2014|How To|14 Comments

How to Clean a Manfrotto Tripod

I’ve had my Manfrotto 190XPROB (Note: Manfrotto has discontinued this model and have replaced it with the Manfrotto 190XPRO3) tripod for over 4 years and haven’t had any issues with it, until the other week. The thumb screw that goes into the center column to hold the center pole in place stripped. I had to order a new thumb screw from Manfrotto (call them – their online contact form is worthless) and thought it would be a great time to clean my tripod while it was down for the count. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:53:18+00:00 September 6th, 2014|How To|11 Comments

Importance of Color Calibration for Your Monitor

It took me a couple of years of running my real estate photography business before I ran into a situation where I needed to color calibrate my monitor. All of the photos that I took were uploaded to MLS and viewed online, right? And everything can see the photos like I see them, we don’t have a printer getting in the way, so what’s the point of color calibration? […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:54:36+00:00 July 30th, 2014|How To|7 Comments

File Management, Organization and Exporting in Adobe Lightroom [Video]

I have previously discussed file management for real estate photography to show how I organize all of my files. But I’ve received questions about it and had requests from readers that I put together a video to show my folder structure. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:55:43+00:00 June 20th, 2014|How To|84 Comments

Produce a Real Estate Lifestyle Video

Have you seen the video with a naked guy walking around a property filmed in black and white? Or the home owner selling her ranch because of a sickness she was diagnosed with so she has to give up her dream property? These are examples of lifestyle real estate videos – videos that show buyers what it’s like to live at a property. They tend to draw on emotion more than showcasing the property itself. While you and I may never produce something so extravagant, we do have options on providing this type of service to our client base. […]

By | 2017-07-20T00:56:29+00:00 May 20th, 2014|How To|10 Comments