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Great Photography and Virtual Tour Resources

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Just a quick blog post to share some notable real estate photography resources I've come across recently.

Blogs, tips, and tricks:

  • Photography for Real Estate Blog - Great blog about RE photography and tools, and an awesome Flickr pool & group to get constructive criticism on your technique
  • HDR Blog & Galleries - Great examples of "natural" HDR results, and a blog and book to explain how to do it yourself.
  • Panotools Wiki and Mailing List - A well-maintained wiki on all things panorama related (hardware, software, etc) and a fantastic mailing list community. Lots of great people as well as representatives from many companies can help answer your questions quickly.

 Notable new software:

  • Autopano 1.4.2 - Now includes built-in HDR support and automatic panorama detection. Mac & PC.
  • PTGui Pro 7.8 - The latest release includes built-in Enfuse support in addition to HDR support. Talk about an automated virtualtour workflow! Mac & PC.
  • Photomatix 3.0 - The latest release also has added Enfuse support to existing HDR capabilities. Mac only.
  • Bracketeer - A great tool for doing Enfuse exposure fusion technique. Mac only.

Enfuse is really an amazing technique for maximizing image quality without the need for timely and expensive lighting. 

 

Jennifer Davis
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR

Awesome thanks!

Jennifer

Apr 02, 2008 03:32 AM
Bart Olszewski
Keller Williams Landmark II - Jackson Heights, NY
Good info on the links, thanks a lot.
Apr 03, 2008 03:13 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
I have never been able to make the PTGui work very well for me. 
Apr 03, 2008 09:21 AM
Dave Sulvetta
Dave Sulvetta, eXp Connection, Gloucester County Realtor - Gloucester Twp, NJ
Realtor

Alan...i was postingsomething and i mentioned Larry's group too... my post didnt work, so when i re-post i wont mention the PFRE group, you already did. Thanks

Also, ENFUSE has another option. For lightroom! no command line needed...

 

http://timothyarmes.com/

 

Dave Sulvetta REALTOR-Associate
Cell 856 889-8163
Century 21 Hearst
Camden County NJ Realtor, Camden County Real Estate, Gloucester County Realtor, Gloucester County Real Estate, Burlington County Real Estate

http://www.davesulvetta.com
http://www.camdencountyrealestatenews.com
emai: dave@davesulvetta.com

Apr 05, 2008 01:14 AM
Alan Pinstein
Decatur, GA

Dave: that's funny!


I didn't mention Lightroom because I've never used it, but your're right, there is at least one Enfuse plugin for Lightroom.

I wonder how many people are using Lightroom for RE pictures. It's pretty expensive, isn't it?

Alan

Apr 05, 2008 01:31 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Corona, CA

Hi Alan,

Thanks for sharing the resources. Here's another one that might be of benefit to people. It's a free online site for image editing...  http://www.picnik.com/

Apr 05, 2008 02:10 AM
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
I have been looking into changing up how I use photography in my marketing so I appreciate these resources as well. 
Apr 06, 2008 03:18 AM
Dottie Hicks
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Parkton, MD
ABR,CRS,GRI, Historic Homes Specialist

I love Picnik, very user friendly and lots of editing and creative tools, can send to My Space, Fliker and tons of other sites from it. It is amazing.

 

Dottie

Apr 06, 2008 10:03 AM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, RealtorĀ® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate
Thanks so much for the information.
Apr 06, 2008 11:20 PM
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno
Hi Alan, thanks for the post. I also have a question for you. I lost my Nikon Digital over the weekend and I need to purchase another camera. I just want the basics. Easy to share and download. Do you have any recommendations for me. Thanks, I appreciate it!   Terrie
Apr 07, 2008 05:14 AM
Alan Pinstein
Decatur, GA

Terrie:

I myself don't do a lot of camera buying, but you reminded me of one of my favorite resources that I left off the list, the Panotools Wiki and Mailing list. I have added the links to the article above.

In your case, really I'd need to know more what you intend to do with it. Do you want to shoot panoramas or just stills? Are you trying to produce *great* pictures or just have a good point-n-shoot camera?

From the way you word your email, I'd guess that you're looking for a simple point-n-shoot camera. As I said I don't know enough to recommend a specific camera, but I can tell you that you don't need the most megapixels anymore. Cameras have gotten so powerful that now the pictures are so big they can be a pain to work with. Really unless you intend to print things out very large (12+ inches) you only need 5-6 megapixels of resolution. I'd focus more on other features. I prefer cameras with a real viewfinder AND an LCD screen, easy-to-use menus, and that are easy to customize camera settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO settings, etc). Also the flash is important. A bad flash means not great pictures except outdoors.

Hope that helped a little bit!

Apr 07, 2008 05:36 AM
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno
Alan- Thank you so much for your quick response! I just want a point-and-shoot camera so your advice and info was helpful. I was under the impression the higher the mega-pixels the better. Good info! Thanks again.
Apr 07, 2008 06:26 AM
Lori Reece
L. Reece Photography - Denver, CO
Denver Virtual Tours & Photography
Thanks for the HDR resources...I think this technology is facinating!
Apr 08, 2008 02:42 AM
Dave Sulvetta
Dave Sulvetta, eXp Connection, Gloucester County Realtor - Gloucester Twp, NJ
Realtor

Lightroom is about 299 or 249... im not sure but it is definetly professional grade....

it is a great program and worth the $$$. im learning it all the time.  Larry from the
PFRE group always posts updates about lightroom, enfuse and photomatix. 

 

Apr 08, 2008 02:13 PM