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Best Lens for Real Estate Photography: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Review (B023)

In the review video below, I describe why I feel the new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is by far and away the best lens for real estate photographers. 

The new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (model B023). 

Front lens element is not as bulbous as others in its class, allowing it to compete well when working against bright light. Tamron also has a BBAR coating which helps with flare and ghosting. 

Vibration compensation (VC) takes this lens to another realm in the world of ultra wide angle DX crop glass. 

Example of the vibration compensation working on an actual job: ISO 200, f/8, 1/2 second exposure. Click to view in lightbox. 

Example of the Tamron 10-24mm VC at work. Click for lightbox. 

The new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (model B023) attached to a Nikon body. 

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You don't need a tilt shift lens!

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You don't need a tilt shift lens!

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. 

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A Salt Pond In Costa Mesa Photographed

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A Salt Pond In Costa Mesa Photographed

Photographed a home in the "Salt Pond" community of Costa Mesa recently.

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Another Newport Beach Gem Photographed

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Another Newport Beach Gem Photographed

Got some close up details in this new listing in Newport Beach. Contact Jon or Nicole Dishon for more info about the listing. 

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Do Megapixels Matter? Not Really.

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Do Megapixels Matter? Not Really.

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?

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CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER: THE ROLE OF SPECIALIZATION

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CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER: THE ROLE OF SPECIALIZATION

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. 

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One Light Real Estate Photography Course Launched!

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One Light Real Estate Photography Course Launched!

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

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Newport Beach Bonita Canyon Gem Photographed

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Newport Beach Bonita Canyon Gem Photographed

Just shot this beautifully designed home in Bonita Canyon in Newport Beach. Some of the highlights depicted below. And it looks like the property already has a pending offer. It figured to go fast. 

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Images Featured in "Kitchen of the Week" Write-up at Houzz.com

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Images Featured in "Kitchen of the Week" Write-up at Houzz.com

Just had my photographs featured in the "kitchen of the week" on Houzz. The kitchen was designed by the amazing Lauren O'Connor, owner of Sanctuary Design. It's always a pleasure to work with Lauren, and this project certainly was one of my recent favorites. 

 

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BTS at Latest Aliso Viejo Twilight

Just finished shooting this twilight in Aliso Viejo...

And, below are a few of my straight out of camera jpegs for those interested in how this was lit. 

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ON THE BEACH SHOOT ON BEACH ROAD IN CAPISTRANO BEACH

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ON THE BEACH SHOOT ON BEACH ROAD IN CAPISTRANO BEACH

Fun shoot for owners of a gorgeous property on the sand in Capistrano Beach. 

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ALISO VIEJO TWILIGHT

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. 

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