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Well, I've just completed my new pitch to the realtors in my area. In this pitch I've really tried to focus on what I feel I do best, which is still photography. Don't get me wrong, I love doing the virtual tours too, but the individual still image production is my passion.

Finding the perfect angle to capture the esscence of the room or the property, getting the lighting and colours to match with what I saw in real life....I love the challenge! I take every image into photoshop for colour corrections, density and brightness adjustments. I also believe that every vertical wall should be straight, so I correct perspective as well as barrel distortion. It takes a bit more time, but it's worth it!

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Rainmaker
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Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent

wow, that is a great looking bathroom and living area.  I love that outoman it is cool looking with that build-in table. 

Dave Woodson

www.indigofg.com

 

Feb 20, 2008 03:43 AM #1
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R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

I just bought a new camera outfit...a Pentax K10 with an adapter for the lenses to make them more wide angle and I'm still having a bear of a time taking pictures of smaller rooms.  I've looked into it and from what I understand I need to buy a very wide angle lens to be able to do this...looks like another $600 or $700...any opinions?

 

Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, inc. 

Feb 20, 2008 03:49 AM #2
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Chris Frantz
EDU Real Estate Group - Indianapolis, IN

Very good job with the photos, that bathroom really stands out. 

 

Feb 20, 2008 04:10 AM #3
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC

Yes that ottoman was cool! And the bathroom...to die for! The entire house was beautiful!

Interestly, the architect of that house saw the pictures and purchased a CD and wants me to shoot some of the other houses she's designed. You just never know what's going going to come of things.....

 As far as the camera and the wide angle lens goes, a 10mm or 12mm lens will do the trick. I have a Nikon I would like to start using and the lens for that is around $600.....I just have to keep shooting and saving my pennies!

Feb 20, 2008 09:37 AM #4
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R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

Thanks for the info! One of the cool things that I'm finding out about having a nice digital camera is that you don't limit yourself on the number of exposures...in my case it makes it more likely that this blind hog will find a nice acorn!

 

Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Feb 20, 2008 10:28 AM #5
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Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Linda,

Very, very nice photos!  Love the bathroom.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Feb 21, 2008 02:46 AM #6
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC

Digital is the way to go! Take as many shots as you need to, and only keep those that will work. The amount of pictures I have taken, far exceeds what I spent on the camera in the first place!

If I was still film in less than 6 months I would have gone through about 35 rolls of 24 exposure film at $5.98 each....=$209.30 (not including tax!) Then I would have spent another $10 each in developing fees....=$2093.00

 Oh, it's more than paid for itself! Have fun with it! And check out www.photographyforrealestate.net and the link to the flickr discussion of RE photography. I've picked up so much knowledge from them.

 

Linda

Feb 21, 2008 03:08 AM #7
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Jennifer Duchene
Lift Your Spirit Home Transformations - Palo Alto, CA
Stager & Redesigner
Linda, you are good. awesome pictures. 
Feb 21, 2008 04:52 PM #8
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Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
Fantastic photos. I agree that good photos are the key to a good sale. I'll have to check out that link!
Feb 22, 2008 03:51 AM #9
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Chris Grumley
Florida Eye Tours, LLC - Anna Maria, FL

We are virtual tour providers but I do understand your passion for still imagery. There is nothing better than to take, process, adjust and then stand beck with an ahh, or an aww or evan an ooooh as you mentally score your image from 1-10, (or maybe that's just me?)

Chris...

Feb 28, 2008 09:06 AM #10
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC
It's not only my "score" of the image, but it's the realtors or the business owners, etc...it's their reaction that I'm looking for. They are always so amazed at the composition, lighting, colour etc....it's their pleasure and surprise that drives my passion!
Feb 29, 2008 12:01 AM #11
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Brian Benjamin
Visual Graphix - Phoenixville, PA
I actually ran across a new agent that was taking pictures on her cell phone for her listings, and she thought they were fine.  Well, until I showed her some of mine.  It's not until people actually "see" images like these that they realize that creating an incredible photograph takes talent and experience.  Great work.
Feb 29, 2008 06:12 PM #12
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Linda Sabiston
First Impression Photography & Virtual Tours - Gibsons, BC

Thanks for your comment Brian. I can't believe someone would think cell phone pictures would be acceptable?!

 

Mar 01, 2008 02:06 AM #13
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John Hokkanen
SurfTheTurf.com - Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Real Estate

Nice pics.  I like the reflections of the lights in the bathroom glass.

Mar 01, 2008 02:45 AM #14
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