Follow up video to the previous "Two Ways to Simulate a Tilt Shift Lens" video. Topics include: how to simulate a tilt shift lens with your current equipment, what you are losing by not having one, and finally why you don't need one.
Just finished a video blog on how to make your standard real estate photography equipment function like a multi-thousand dollar tilt shift lens would.
Just finished a real estate photography tutorial and threw it up on YouTube. It is pretty simple for most of you advanced folks but may be of use to some just getting into the swing of things with Photoshop.
If you're a potential client and are curious about the process I use to produce my images, or you'd like to see what I can do with lighting to bring a space to life, check out this new video...
Recently put up a video detailing why I think camera bodies with megapixel counts in the range of 12-15 are time savers for interiors photographers who are delivering relatively small files to clients.
Take a look HERE to see the final three images produced under the same conditions using 6, 12 and 24 megapixel Nikon camera bodies. Can you spot any differences in quality?
Answering Questions About "One Light Real Estate Photography": Question 1, How Do You Choose The Flash Frame Exposure?
How important is it that your photographer be a specialist? Is it ok if your photographer also does video, makes brochures, produces Matterport tours or a host of many other potential services? I am here to tell you the answer is "No, it is not ok"!
Since the World Series is being played, I thought it would be a good time to use baseball as an analogy to help us understand how important a role specialization plays in high quality results or performances. Professional baseball pitchers will normally start off their baseball careers at a young age as both amazing hitters and pitchers. Yet, when they make it to the big leagues, the amount of work it takes to remain sharp and be able to capably hit professional pitchers is enormous. But, the pitchers must spend every waking moment of practice working on their pitching routines and fundamentals. There is simply no time for pitchers to ever get any hitting practice. They must specialize to remain relevant. And if you look at the statistics, these once very capable hitters are relegated to being absolutely abysmal hitters as a result. You won't see the coaches allow them to work on their hitting because they know from experience that splitting their time will result in them losing their edge as pitchers. Check out Nate Silver's 2004 Article for a more detailed discussion on all of this.
Keeping all that in mind, let's again dive back into the realm of photography. If you've got a photographer, and he decides he is going to take on even a single other discipline such as video, what do you think the result is going to be? Like pitchers, good photographers are working hard everyday to keep their skill set sharp and to improve their imagery. If you add even a single other discipline, the result is going to be disastrous. Now, try to imagine if the photographer took on multiple other disciplines like weddings, floor plans, brochures, aerials etc.
Don't let generalists fool you, even the ones that only perform a couple of disciplines. You'd never go get an eye exam, and sitting in that same chair get a tooth pulled. It would be very very convenient for us to do something like that, but the fact is we need a different office for each discipline, we need different equipment and a different specialist to perform both procedures. In doing it this way, we feel safe that our professional is competent and up to date with all the cutting edge techniques and equipment. Don't ever feel that picking your photographer is any different.
Just recently completed my One Light Real Estate Photography compositing tutorial. The course focuses on ways to keep your image quality high, while at the same time not being burdened by long shoots or post-processing sessions.
I start off the course discussing very simple concepts used in compositing such as what a mask is and how they work. The course culminates with an explanation of the lighting and post-processing of the image below.
More information on the course can be found on the course information page HERE.
I started with this...
And ended with this...
Recently finished this project in Talega, San Clemente. A fun twilight shoot on one of the quietest streets you could ever hope for.
Doing a twilight in a quiet neighborhood without a lot of cars passing is always fun. Below is the final result from this recent shoot on Dusk Way.