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Lighting Interiors – 2nd Edition is Live!

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Almost a year in the making…it’s here! I’ve given “The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors” a vigorous overhaul, doubling the page count (277 pages…yikes!) and adding four new chapters as well as a bonus section at the end.

If you’re not familiar with it, this is an eBook (PDF download, click here to buy it) that covers lighting techniques for interiors photography, with a strong bent towards real estate photography. Small flash is used throughout, and the photos are shot and presented with either zero photoshopping, or extremely minimal re-touching (which gets discussed every time). My philosophy with photography, and especially for real estate photography, is to make a deliverable photo entirely on location, so that I can produce a JPG with absolutely minimal RAW adjustments¬† — or maybe none at all — the least time spent in post-production possible.

Details, photos, and a sample page, click here!

Lighting Interiors – Second Edition…On It’s Way!

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Coming to a PDF reader near you…

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I’ve been laboring all year (off and on) to bring an updated Lighting Interiors eBook to fruition, and I’m VERY happy to announce that at last I’ve finished writing! The entire book is undergoing a face-lift, updating the existing chapters, correcting mistakes, adding new chapters and new photos.

The text is in proofreading as we speak, and the new layout is well underway. With any luck, this will be “live” well in time for the holiday shopping season…

The book is sold as a subscription — meaning that if you’ve already purchased it, you’ll automatically get the update (if you can remember which fake email you used when you bought originally). You can get the original, first edition HERE — and again, you’ll automatically get the second edition the day it’s released, no charge.

While we’re on the topic, let’s not forget about the “Lighting For Real Estate Video Series” which makes a good companion to the book.

(Essential Guide to) Lighting Interiors on the Strobist Bookshelf

I’m honored this week to find that my book, The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors, is one of 9 books recommended by David Hobby, over on Strobist.com. (His “bookshelf” also features a couple of videos, and his own very worthwhile set of DVDs).

It’s humbling to be in that company. And I’m pretty sure McNally is out-selling me, but that’s OK.

You can listen to a 10-minute discussion of the book over on Mike Miriello’s blog, The Real Estate Photography Podcast. Please note that I recorded that interview about a day after I returned from Norway; so if I sound like a blithering idiot, it’s the jetlag. It’s the JETLAG!

Thanks to everyone who has sent their comments on the book – it’s very appreciated. Happy New Year — I think 2011 will see some awesome projects!

(Essential Guide to) Lighting Interiors on the Strobist Bookshelf

I’m honored this week to find that my book, The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors, is one of 9 books recommended by David Hobby, over on Strobist.com. (His “bookshelf” also features a couple of videos, and his own very worthwhile set of DVDs).

It’s humbling to be in that company. And I’m pretty sure McNally is out-selling me, but that’s OK.

You can listen to a 10-minute discussion of the book over on Mike Miriello’s blog, The Real Estate Photography Podcast. Please note that I recorded that interview about a day after I returned from Norway; so if I sound like a blithering idiot, it’s the jetlag. It’s the JETLAG!

Thanks to everyone who has sent their comments on the book – it’s very appreciated. Happy New Year — I think 2011 will see some awesome projects!

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:

http://scotthargisphoto.com/blog/

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!

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!

Announcing My Book — Lighting Interiors!

Exciting news today — I’m stoked to announce that I’ve got a book coming out — “The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors”!

We’re scheduled for release in Mid-October (OMG – that’s only 4 weeks away…maybe I’d better hurry up and finish that intro!) I’ve been working with Larry Lohrman at photographyforrealestate.net, and this will be published as an eBook on the PFRE Media imprint. You’ll be able to order on THIS SITE, and of course there’ll be a follow-up announcement here when that’s live.

On average, I receive an email a day asking me if there’s a book, a DVD, or even a brochure describing technique. Now, finally,the answer will be “yes”.

I’ve been working on this pup for about 10 months now. Being a full-time photographer and a writer is hard! My publisher wouldn’t give me an advance, so I couldn’t take 6 months in the South of France like I wanted. Instead, I wrote it around my increasingly insane shoot schedule. I wrote chapters on airplanes. I wrote chapters at 3:00am. I pulled over to the side of the highway and made notes in my iPhone about stuff I wanted to cover.

Lighting Interiors is written for photographers who are lighting residential spaces, and it’s focused on the use of small flash (e.g. speedlights), and on the need to work fast while still producing good quality. The techniques covered are the ones I use with my real estate shoots; and you’ll find that they “scale up” well and can be applied to more exacting projects as well.

All of the images in the book are from “real” shoots, but I’ve included either set-up shots, or lighting diagrams, or both for every one, along with a written description of what I did and why. The book follows an actual shoot, from bedrooms and bathrooms to living areas to the kitchen, but we also digress in order to examine “case studies” of a variety of styles of the room in question, or to discuss post-processing, or to examine reflections in depth.

I’ve still got some writing to do before this one’s in the can, so to speak, so I’m going to end this and get back to work. Watch for a release announcement in just about 4 weeks!