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.

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Turn Your Canon Into a Bracketing Machine – For FREE

I currently use a Canon 5D MK II for video and a Canon 5D MK III for stills. But before I upgraded to my second 5D MK body, I was shooting all of my stills with the Canon 60D. One of the downfalls was I could only shoot 3 brackets at a time with the built-in exposure bracketing. So I had to use a remote (the Promote Control) to make shooting quicker on-site, to get the 7 brackets that I needed.

But did you know you can actually get 7 brackets (or more) on bodies like the Canon 60D, for FREE?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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How I Survived a 25% Price Increase (So Far)

It was a long time coming. And I was terrified. As a small business owner, we have a hard time believing we are worth every penny (Amazon aff link to a good book to motivate you). We feel the need to help people, which results in low pricing and discounted services. The time will come when you need to raise your prices and you’ll need to come up with a plan to get your clients on board.

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