Monthly Archives: February 2012

iPhone Photo(s) of the Day

On location with Custom Kitchens. Joy Wilkins and PA Extraordinaire Alan Vance using clothespins to secure the orchid stems in exactly the right position.

And who showed up for the shoot with clothespins?! That would be Alan. Why I pay him the big bucks.

Laura Martin Bovard Interiors – Print Ad

Pleased to see my photo chosen for LMB’s Designer Showcase print piece.

iPhone Photo of the Day

I hella heart Oakland.

Enhanced with Snapseed.

Scott Hargis Photo
Sent from my iPad


iPhone Photo of the Day

…and the Winners are…..

You people are insane.

A few weeks ago, in anticipation of of the launch of our Lighting For Real Estate Photography video series, photographer Malia  Campbell and I decided to hold a contest to give away 5 free subscriptions to the series. We figured there must be 5 photographers out there who were worthy, and this would be a good way to find them, and have a good time.

The results are, well…..a hoot. Without further ado, here’s the winning roster, in no particular order: See the winners, and watch the videos, after the jump!

iPhone Photo of the Day

Sometimes this is what it takes…

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:

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!

iPhone Photo of the Day

On location with Houseworks and Andrew Morrall Architects – planning “before” photos of a residential remodel. Trying to predict the “after” angles so we can “pre-create” them today.

One For the Bloopers

Lighting For Real Estate Photography – Giveaway

Things are coming together very, very nicely — and Malia Campbell and I are optimistic about beating our deadline of March 1st for the release of the Lighting For Real Estate Photography video series!

So — we’re thinking about the long game, now. From the get-go, my goal was to create something that would really make a difference in the industry. I hope that people who buy the videos will use them to further their own technique and creativity. And to jump-start things, I’m looking for five photographers — to whom I’m giving a free pass to the series. Find out more after the jump!