Monthly Archives: October 2010

Aaron Leitz – Photographer, Blogger, Snowboarder

At last….my friend and fellow photographer Aaron Leitz has “gone public” with a blog!

I’ve known Aaron for several years, and we have a beer or two from time to time when I’m in Seattle. Aaron is an absurdly talented photographer, and in addition to making images that make me jealous, he’s a bigger geek he knows more about gear and computers than anyone has a right to.

It’s bookmarked, Aaron.

Film vs. Digital

Several months ago I acquired a Bronica ETRS Medium Format film body and a cheap lens (birthday gift from my girlfriend – she knows what I like!). Since then, I’ve pulled it out from time to time to play with it, mostly shooting expired B&W film and just goofing around.

A couple of months ago, however, I was shooting in Del Mar, CA for Folio Design, and found a pretty nice photo happening in the kitchen. I was shooting tethered, and I could see that the shots I was capturing on my 5D were pretty darned good.

“We’re taking a coffee break,” I announced, and while my clients went off in search of something to eat, I put the Bronny on the tripod, quickly re-calculated the exposure for the film I happened to have loaded, and made a fast polaroid. When I pulled the polaroid, I knew I had something good! I fired off three fast brackets, and then we had to get back to the “real” shoot, as the light was changing fast.

It wasn’t until very recently that I got around to getting high-res scans done on that roll of film (which was Kodak Porta 160NC) – and I have to say, I’m impressed. It’s more contrasty than the digital version, and way more grainy, but overall it looks pretty darned good!  Here are the two versions, digital and film:

Digital capture with Canon5D, 12.1 megapixels, Canon 17-40L lens

Film capture; Kodak Porta 160NC, Bronica 120, Seiko 50mm f/2.8 lens


The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors

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:

Update your bookmarks! See you there!

We now continue with our original programming….

It’s official – you can buy my book HERE.

I average about an email a day asking me for advice, coaching, or inquiring about a book, DVD, pamphlet, or other resource on lighting interiors. This book is the answer to all that. I didn’t hold back – this is the technique I employ every day on shoots. I tried to lay out as clearly as possible the theory and practical solutions that go into my photos. We’ll go into big, spacious living rooms, small bathrooms, and even into a pitch-dark, cramped little attic together, figuring out how to light them all from start to finish.

Sample page from Lighting Interiors – Click it to see it full-size.

If you shoot real estate — this is your book. It’s written with small flash (and the need to move quickly) in mind. Photographers who shoot interiors for other types of clients will find that the techniques described “scale up” perfectly well – I spent today shooting with a combination of speedlights and a more powerful pack-and-head system for a kitchen remodeling company, and the fundamentals I was relying on are the ones I put in the book.

Let me know what you think! Since it’s an “eBook”, there will be updates periodically, and you’ll get every one of them for free, automatically. Hit THIS LINK to get to the ‘order page’ — you’ll be able to download the PDF immediately.

Many thanks to the list of people who supported this project. I’ve listed many of them in the introduction, but I have to mention Larry Lohrman and Malia Campbell here. Larry for publishing, editing, and being incredibly patient with me as I tried to write while juggling a crazy travel and shoot schedule (and never complaining even when I made nit-pick after nit-pick over the many drafts we went through). And Mia for being endlessly forgiving while I slowly went crazy on this project. It kind of took over my life during the past two months especially.

Hit the comments – let me know if this is a hit, or a miss!

New Work from Scott Hargis Photo

I’ve just updated the website with new images — click the photo above to see the entire gallery.

I’m more stoked about this collection than any other I can remember. In fact, I was very tempted to just “promote” several of these straight to the main Interiors portfolio on my website….and I may yet do it.

Over the past few months, I’ve shot some killer projects in Vero Beach, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and of course the Bay Area. All in all, it’s been one of the most fulfilling summers of my career — and there’s even more good stuff coming up on my calendar.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you like them!


Steal My Book (and Larry’s, Too)

Actually, you won’t have to steal it, because I’m giving 5 of them away, free. Larry Lohrman has ponied up 5 copies of both of his titles as well (Photography for Real Estate, and The Business of Real Estate Photography)…..and Wait! That’s Not All!

These five lucky people will also get a one-year HIGHLIGHTED Listing on Larry’s PFRE Directory!

The book is only a few days from being released, but you’ve got even less time than that to get your entry in for this give-away. For details, hit THIS LINK. The deadline is Wednesday….get moving!

And, good luck!

1930s Luxury For Sale in Piedmont, CA

Designed by Albert Farr and built in 1931, this outstanding Tudor has been maintained beautifully! It’s on the market now, and I had the chance to shoot it over the course of several days in September.

iPhone Photo of the Day

Goofing around with my iPhone when I’m supposed to be shooting this kitchen.

Scott Hargis Photo