Whether you are just getting into real estate photography, or are a seasoned pro, lights and triggers can be a confusing subject to tackle. In the video, I explain why I feel speedlights are underpowered for most real estate work, and discuss the flash units I feel are best suited for onsite real estate work,
Jon recently requested an image critique with the following comment clipped from Youtube:
"Love the way you explain things Andrew. I used to do all my interiors using HDR with no lighting until I purchased your 1 light course, bought a powerful monolight and improved my images 100%. Friends and family tell me my images are amazing which is great for confidence but I think I would benefit more from a professional telling me where I could improve to get to the next level. So if you ever do any more of these videos please could you take a look at my portfolio on my website."
Jon is producing awesome images, especially his twilight exteriors. I attempt to make the case he may need to use a bit more artificial light in many cases...
In a previous video, I recommended the new Tamron 10-24mm lens as the "best" lens for real estate photography. It is always a bit touchy to label any particular product as "best" due to varying needs. Therefore, this discussion addresses ALL the glass I feel is worthy of consideration for crop sensor real estate shooters.
Most of our work is shot at terribly wide focal lengths, to the point where we can be out of touch with the advantages longer focal lengths bring to the table. In the video, I discuss why I feel you should try and work longer focal length images into your photos of outdoor "features" whenever possible.
Everything just sort of falls into place and makes sense to both you and your clients, when you convey to them you have a busy schedule. But, what about those times when you are having a slow week, you get a call, and you are not sure exactly what to say? In the video, I discuss some of the techniques I use almost every week to create win-win situations for everyone involved.
Can we get by without flash for real estate photography? In the video, I discuss why if you're going to try and shoot without flash, you will really have to do your best to control/dim the interior lights, and don't be afraid to let those windows blow!
What sort of gear do you need on a real estate photography shoot? I feel like I have gotten this down to minimum. By combining frames, I can work onsite in such a way so as to avoid having to carry bulky light stands and modifiers. The following video describes what limited items do in fact make their way into my gear bag.
In the video, I critique a set of 40 images created by Brazilian photographer Heitor Pergher.
This is a very contentious question, with good arguments on both sides. In the video, I explain why I feel a hybrid approach is the best of both worlds.
Having "take it or leave it" rates as a photographer is much more likely to result in you losing and/or having less satisfied clients. In the video, I discuss what I feel is the best way to give yourself some wiggle room to be able to negotiate your rates, without calling too much attention to your pricing adjustments...