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Lighting for Real Estate Photography reviewed on fstoppers!

In case you missed it, we received a nice little rave for our Lighting for Real Estate Photography video series over on fstoppers.  The fstoppers site is, pretty much, the source for news, tips and the general goings on in the photographic community so Scott and I are thrilled for such a great review.  Hopefully, if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a subscription, this will help push you over the edge.

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November 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

Launch Day!

I told you I’d let you know here first and so here it is: Lighting for Real Estate Photography is open and ready for sales!

We’ve worked with an AMAZING team over at Giant Seattle to help us get the website up and running and they beat our deadline by THREE WEEKS!  If you’re ever in need of a good website developer/designer please give Chris a shout.  I really can’t say enough great things about working with him.

Please note that we ARE still running the Lighting for Real Estate Photography video giveaway and you can still enter until February 15th (5:00 pm PST).  We’re getting some great entries and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Okay, that’s all for now.  Have a great weekend everyone!!

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February 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

UPDATED: eBook giveaway: The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors by Scott Hargis

10/5/10 Update: With the generous support and contributions of Larry Lohrman and Scott Hargis I’m pleased to announce that we will now be giving away FIVE of Scott’s books.


Larry is generously contributing a copy of the Photography for Real Estate eBook *AND* a copy of The Business of Real Estate Photography eBook *AND* a one year Highlighted Real Estate Photography Directory entry.

So the lucky winners of my giveaway will receive all four:
– A copy of The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors, Techniques for lighting with small flash
– A copy of Photography for Real Estate
– A copy of The Business of Real Estate Photography
– A one year highlighted Real Estate Photography Directory entry

Giving back to the photographic community, especially one as supportive and tight knit as the Real Estate Photography community, is important to both Larry and Scott (and myself!). The idea of this giveaway began as a way to give a helping hand to new photographers who may not be able to afford start up resources and/or who may not know where to go for information. And, of course, to celebrate the launch of Scott’s book.

Thanks again to Larry Lohrman and Scott Hargis for their continued support of the industry and for donating the resources for this giveaway!


I fell into the world of real estate photography by chance (and maybe some luck?).  One day I noticed there was a “Lighting for Interiors” workshop being taught by some guy that I had never heard of and signed up on a total whim.  Now, two and a half years later, I’m completely obsessed with this somewhat obscure genre of photography.

There’s a lot to learn about photography for real estate.  Composition, lighting, running a getting business… for someone new to this field it can be overwhelming. I was incredibly lucky to have the ongoing advice, critique and mentoring of two of the industry’s biggest success stories: Scott Hargis and Dan Achatz. And yes, before you start cursing my name, I *do* realize how fortunate I am. And now I’d like to pass it along.

I’m giving away one of Scott Hargis’ eBooks: The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors, Techniques for lighting with small flash.

Here’s how you can win

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October 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Headshot recipe

Anyone who has modeled for me and/or followed my flickr photostream for any amount of time knows that I love using the clam shell lighting technique.  This is my “go to” set up for most headshots. I love the simplicity of this basic lighting setup! Two lights and a subject. That’s all you need.

Lit with a basic clam shell setup

I invited my friend and ever-ready model, Nakema, over a couple days ago to help me demonstrate this lighting technique.  This photo is an example of the basic clam shell setup.  One light, high, with an umbrella at 1/8 power (this is your key light) and one umbrella, low, also with an umbrella at 1/16th power (this is your main fill light).  These lights should be relatively close together, the bottom of the key light umbrella and top of the main fill umbrella should be almost touching, resembling an open clam shell.  The photographer stands behind the lights and shoots through the opening, between the umbrellas.

Nakema standing in for photographer

This lighting setup creates nice, even light on your subject.  By adjusting your power settings slightly you can create a more dramatic look or a soft glowing complexion.  I’ve found that this setup works for all face shapes and skin tones beautifully.

You can experiment yourself but I’ve found that I like having a slightly larger umbrella on my key light. It helps wrap the light in a soft but more complete way.

For a basic clam shell setup like this it’s important to think about your background.  For someone like Nakema, who has very dark hair, a dark background wouldn’t work as well as you’d lose a lot of the detail in her hair in the background.   What do you do if your subject has dark hair and only a dark background is available?

Take a look after the jump

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December 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm