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Photography Basics: What is ISO and Shutter Speed?

Along with aperture, there are 2 more important sides to the exposure triangle; ISO and Shutter Speed. It is imperative to understand all three and know how they work in order to advance your photography. This article, I will how to set your ISO and Shutter Speed and when to use them. Continue reading Photography Basics: What is ISO and Shutter Speed?

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Photography Basics: What is Aperture?

Out of all the elements of the exposure triangle, aperture, seems to trip beginning photographers up the most. Even for me, in the beginning I would hear other photographers talk about getting a 24-70mm f2.8 lens and I would wonder what the heck f2.8 meant. I also wanted to know Continue reading Photography Basics: What is Aperture?

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Is Your Kit Lens “Good Enough”?

I have been looking around on a few photography and videography blogs and it seems glass (lenses) are a hot topic. It sounds like most photographers or photography teachers are always pushing people towards upgrading their kit lens to something a bit more professional, but is this really that necessary for beginning photographers? Continue reading Is Your Kit Lens “Good Enough”?

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GoPro Hero 3 Test Video

Last weekend I set out to test my newly mounted GoPro Hero 3 on my motorcycle helmet. I have taken a couple other test videos in the past using a handlebar mount but never really had good success with placement. Since I have a tall windshield it is really tough to get clear shots. Sometimes I resorted to just holding it while driving which isn’t the safest way to go.

This video shows about a 25-minute ride around the town of Greensboro and Jamestown North Carolina. Look forward to more videos with the GoPro!

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3 Advantages of Getting a Full-Frame Camera

It seems one of the first things amateur photographers think about once they have been doing photography for a while is “Do I need to get a full frame camera?”. Heck, I did the same thing. My first real DSLR was a Canon T2i (550D) and after about 4 years with it, I thought I needed a full frame upgrade. Continue reading 3 Advantages of Getting a Full-Frame Camera

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The BEST and CHEAPEST Portrait Lens!

There are tons of lenses out there and each one of them has a specific purpose. I was wanting to know the best and cheapest lens to get the best portrait photos. In my testing, the best lens I have found if you are on a budget, is what is commonly called The Nifty Fifty. Continue reading The BEST and CHEAPEST Portrait Lens!

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iPhone: The Pros and Cons for Real Estate Photography

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It seems most agents these days are satisfied with having photos taken with an iPhone or any other smartphone to promote listings. I agree that it might be more convenient and cheaper to walk through the house and grab a few photos, but is it the best thing to show off the home? Here are a few things to think about before using your iPhone for photos:

1. Sometimes when shooting interiors, you have to use a flash. The flash on the iPhone provides no benefit for photographing rooms. It is too small and not powerful enough to fill the room with light because it is an on-camera flash and external/off-camera flash units are better at providing enough light (or something to that effect to explain why it’s best). You might be okay taking detail shots but anything other than that is hit or miss.

2. The focal length of the lens is not wide enough. To photograph most interiors and some exteriors you need a wide-angle lens. A work around for this would be to use the panorama tool built-in to the camera app but you would then have to crop down after taking all the photos, which is time consuming for a real estate agent.

3. The dynamic range of the iPhone is less than useless. An example of this would be photographing a room with large windows. When taking a photo with a smartphone or even some point-and-shoots, the inside will be well exposed but all you will see is white coming off of the windows. Using a professional DSLR will be able to capture more dynamic range and not only allow the potential buys see a well exposed interior but see more outside detail. Click here to read my article about HDR photography.

So with these issues, which are hard to get around, when would it be good to use an iPhone? You use it to get your initial listing photos on the MLS listing. This will get the house on the market quickly and that is what every seller wants. After getting the listing on the MLS, that is when it is vital that a real estate photographer is contacted to get the professional photos every listing needs.