Lighting For Real Estate Photography – Video Launch!

EDIT: This blog has MOVED. You’re on the old, dead blog. Everything (including this post) has been migrated onboard my website. Here’s the direct link:

http://scotthargisphoto.com/blog/

Update your bookmarks! See you there!

We now continue with our original programming….

Well —- we’re live!

Click the image above to go to the video website. They’re ready to play! A number of things conspired to move our launch date up from March 1st (which was seriously sandbagging anyway) to TODAY, including a pretty kick-ass web design group that came in way ahead of schedule.

So, without further ado – we’re launching. Registration is $175, gets you unlimited streaming access to all 21 videos (about 3 hours’ worth). Here’s the table of contents:

  • Start Here
  • Fundamentals
  • Use This
  • Let’s Take a Walk
  • Wake Up
  • Look Out!
  • Living Large
  • Dinner Party
  • Let’s Flush This Out
  • Eat at Joe’s
  • Here and Here and Here and Here
  • Wide Open Spaces
  • Into the Night
  • Fin

Then come seven “shorts” (plus an introduction) covering little tips and tricks that were too long to include in a “regular” episode, but too good to just leave out altogether. Stuff like mirror reflections, color casts from yellow walls, stainless steel, etc. etc.

I think it’s pretty comprehensive. People looking to be told what exact exposure settings to use, or what flash power settings, are going to be disappointed, because these videos concentrate much more on the process, the strategy, behind those decisions, rather than just reciting whatever was going on in any one particular shot. That sort of thing is useless, in my opinion, because no two situations are the same. Better to understand the why of what to do, rather than what someone else did, in some other room.

So the early episodes go into exhaustive detail about what’s going on. As we progress to the more challenging stuff, I drop some of the basic stuff and focus on what’s new and unique to the situation. Whenever possible, I present a simple one or two-light solution, and then build to a more elegant solution.

I hope you like them. Malia Campbell and I put in a TON of work on this. Many, many two and three-hour Skype calls, hours of writing out detailed episode treatments, lots of favors called in from clients (we got some outstanding locations), and some brutally long days of shooting and editing. Malia did a stellar job of capturing the rooms, and the process, and kept me from rambling incoherently and diluting the message (as I’m prone to do). We’d do a take, and I’d be like “That was great!”. Malia would shake her head, and say, “Do it again. Leave out the crap about _____ and ______ — that’s off-topic. Stay with what you’re doing here, now. Ready? Rolling!”

And we’d do it again. And again. Until we had something that was clear, concise, and really illustrated the point I wanted to make.

I hope you like them. Let me know what you think in the comments!

13 responses to “Lighting For Real Estate Photography – Video Launch!

  1. Hi Scott,

    first congratulations on your video! I bought your eBook a while ago and was wondering what new information the video has in store for someone who has read it? I wished there was a little more of preview video so I could tell myself.

  2. I’m personally super excited to see the videos!!!! You are a great inspiration and I look forward to watching this video series! I don’t know if i’ll have time to put together a contest video… So I may end up just buying it (good for you… just OK for me. :) We’ll see….

  3. Brad and I can’t wait to see the videos. Of course, a personal workshop is incredible, but when you do videos – there are do-overs and you can say it like it should be said. CONGRATS to you and Malia.

  4. Scott I must say I purchased the videos last night and have spent all day (cold and rainy), learning and soaking up the wonderful examples and solutions. Great work man, I have read the book and am preparing with the videos to attack the Maryland, DC, Virginia area. Thank you for inspiring us to take the plunge and go out with confidence to produce quality profitable work!

    P.S. If anyone is on the fence about buying the video series don’t be, you’ll get your monies worth and then some just on your first paying shoot.

  5. Congrats, I’m sure all your hard work will payoff. Good luck

  6. Hey Scott, just subscribed to your videos and watched the first few, great work can’t wait to see the rest. PS after the gear episode…fix your taillight!

    Cheers and thanks for all the hard work!

  7. Already watched them all and I’m going for another round.
    I’m ready for a “second season”.

    Thank you!

  8. Watching them now … awesome … thank you so much!

  9. Hi Scott,
    Just some questions: how would you describe this video in relation to the book? is this a continuation? (eg: additional techniques, maturity of techniques (considering the book is a few years old already) or is this a sort of video version of the book? just want to make sure before i buy :)

    re: “second season”, just an idea, maybe you can do a series on the business side of things? i’m writing from sydney, australia, and while it’s true there may be some details which can be different, but i would imagine the main principles are similar?

    PS: i read your blogpost about the workshops you did in australia, wondering when will you come and what will it take to have you come over to sydney?

    Thank you.

    • Jasin,
      I’d say there’s a lot of overlap, but your characterization of techniques maturing is spot on. The video format allowed me to go into much more subtle and nuanced lighting that was more or less impossible to do with print. (“not here, not here, not here…..HERE. See the difference?”)

      The book should come first, then the videos.

      And I’ve been thinking more and more about a Sydney workshop. Mostly have to get off my ass and make it happen.

      • Great. Thanks very much for the info Scott.

        I’ll keep an eye on your blog for updates on your Sydney workshop! ;)

  10. I’m only 1/2-way through the series, and I already feel like my head is full. YOU BROKE MY PHOTO BRAIN, SCOTT. Thanks for all the hard work!