Technology saved our Kodak Moment. It could sell your house!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I'm so happy I wasn't still using my 35mm camera.  This was one of those rare moments when my husband got to spend time with his brother.  They live 200 miles apart.  It was our family Kodak moment. The headless usher you see here, well he was the first one we asked to take the photo.  He held the camera and we held our smiles for about 2 entire minutes.  In the big scheme of things two minutes isn't that long, but when waiting for someone to take a picture it seems like it's well... Forever.

So along came another usher and we asked him to take the picture and asked the first usher who couldn't figure out how to push "THE BIG SILVER BUTTON" to be in the picture with us.  Well thank goodness for digital because we got to see in an instant we had no heads.  Thus a redo.  We asked some random stranger to take the next photo and again with no intent on hurting anyones' feeling my brother in law invited the usher who could find the "BIG SILVER BUTTON" but had less than perfect aim to join us in the photo.  I guess the one remaining problem is that my nephew Steven couldn't take his eyes of the random stranger's hot wife.  As you can see he is no longer looking at the camera. But alas 24 year old men... boys will be boys.

Now what you might ask does this have to do with real estate?

  • Instant photos for advertising
  • Making sure you have a good shot
  • Making sure the lighting is right
  • Cost of taking lots of shots of homes.

Today when I list a home I take between 30 and 40 photos.  Maybe I won't use all of them, maybe only half.  But it's so much easier than before.  I've been in this career long enough to have used Polaroid and 35 mm film.  I remember it was like a huge break through for my little town getting it's first 1 hour photo lab.  Then OH BOY OH BOY they could actually put my photos on a CD for me.  Then digital became more affordable and I got my first HP digital camera.  I think it took 1.3 MP photos, which was fine for what I used it for, but my current camera is much nicer and I've actually taken some really great lake home shots that I've framed and given to buyers who seem to just love them. 

The times they are a changing... what will be around the next corner to help me perform better.



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Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

I know an agent who gets a disposable camera, stands in front of her new listing and takes shot after shot of the same picture of the house. Then she takes the camera to the cheap overnight photo place. When she gets them back, she glue sticks them onto a black and white xerox copy of the MLS sheet, and viola- she has her in-house flyer for her listing. I suggested she get a digital camera and a color printer.

Oct 21, 2008 02:25 PM #1
Jenn Neumann Deer
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Surfside Beach, SC
Surfside Beach Real Estate

It is amazing how many people find it so difficult to aim a camera at a large target and capture it on film...

Thanks for sharing and you are right, digital cameras are great!

Oct 21, 2008 02:26 PM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Richard- I have a mental image of a very old crusty wrinkled person with paste at the xerox.  She really needs to "move forward".

Jenn- I'm so glad when I can work "smarter" and not "harder".

Oct 21, 2008 02:30 PM #3
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

Iv'e been there. I love knowing that a need to reshoot because the dog ran in, or I'm at a funny angle. Digital is a lifesaver!-Dinah

Oct 21, 2008 02:49 PM #4
David Wang
Prudential California Realty - Millbrae, CA
Prudential | 650.504.8190

Digital is the best.  and video is right around the corner its all great

Oct 21, 2008 02:50 PM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Dinah- Dogs.. you have to love em.  I also love not having to make an extra trip because I didn't know.

David- I actually shoot video clips now for email.  I don't post, although I could, but don't for the megs they take up.


Oct 21, 2008 03:16 PM #6
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

Enjoyed your story Tammy and THANK GOD for digital cameras!

Oct 21, 2008 03:18 PM #7
Ilyce Glink
Think Glink Media - Chicago, IL
Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host.

Tammy- Digital photos are a great tool. I'm also loving my new Flip Video camera. Have you checked these out? They're so easy to use, just as simple as an iPod. They're great for filming all kinds of small videos.

Oct 21, 2008 03:51 PM #8
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I am so glad about digital cameras.... I used to get so upset when i took pictures to find out they were not framed just right or the lighting was bad....

Digital has made taking pictures so much easier!!


Oct 22, 2008 03:49 AM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Cheryl- glad you enjoyed the story.  We all were laughing so hard when we printed the pictures, it's really a good memory.

Ilyce- I'll have to check it out.  My video camera is still kind of bulky.

Alexander- Yeah loved to get that pack of pictures and none of them would work.  Plus if the lighting isn't right... just click and add some now.


Oct 22, 2008 04:15 AM #10
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Oh girlfriend...I take a BUNCH of pics. I use the best and discard the rest. Many times, the camera catches something that my eye didn't see. Cute pic. GBU!

Oct 23, 2008 03:56 PM #11
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