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…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!

Composition For Interiors

I get asked to review a lot of photographers’ portfolios. Usually they’re asking me for advice on lighting, but I find that I usually have more to say about the compositions than anything else. And generally, it’s the composition of the photo that drives the other factors, especially the lighting.

With that in mind, I asked videographer (and photographer) Malia Campbell to help me record a quick video outlining some of my thoughts on composing for residential interiors. Malia takes you right inside my camera, so you can see exactly what I’m seeing as I compose shots!

Malia did a fantastic job on this – so be sure to click the HD button and see it large. We shot this in one long day, at a house in Oakland California. It’s my first attempt at a true instructional video, let me know what you think!

More on composition, and a photo breakdown, after the jump.

Classic California by Bleu Leman Design

Lucy the Puppy made the perfect complement to the primary shot! She should get a Model Mayhem account!

I spent another great day with Diane Leifer (Bleu Leman Design) recently, working on a living room and master suite in Berkeley, California. If  you follow this blog, you’ve seen Diane’s stuff before – we shot another living room a few months ago.

More photos after the jump…

I Speak Canadian!

And I’ll be proving it tomorrow night, 7:00pm, in the Grand Ballroom at the Ramada Downtown Calgary.

I’ll be on for about an hour and a half, with slides, videos, and of course my amazing pirate jokes more. Plenty of time for Q&A as well. If you can handle the cold, come on out!

Scheduling: I’m going head-to-head with the Calgary Flames, who are in contention for a Division title…..but the team they’re playing is the last-place St. Louis Blues, so really….you aren’t missing much by bagging the hockey and coming to see me.

Waltz Matilda With Me – UPDATED

*UPDATE*

SOLD OUT


Very excited today to announce a Melbourne, Victoria workshop: November 16th & 17th, 2010.

You can read more detail about it, and register, HERE.

But in a nutshell, this is going to be a good one — the house looks fantastic! Many thanks to Dennis Family Homes, for allowing us to work in one of their best models.

We’ll be working from about 9:00am to 5:00pm – so plan for a long, fun day;  you’ll have shot some outstanding material and hopefully taken away some good technique. We’ll be covering the usual agenda — equipment, fundamentals of flash, and then moving in stages from basic lighting skills to more advanced, tricky setups involving multiple lights and multiple rooms.

Scene from the Brisbane workshop, February 2010

Along the way we’ll hit on composition, workflow, strategies for dealing with reflections, shadows, and bad light, as well as anything else that comes up.

This is NOT a beginning photo workshop. Take a read through this page before you register. And hit me with an email if you’ve got any questions. The Brisbane workshop series I did earlier this year sold out in a matter of days, so if you think you’re interested, get yourself registered or at least get in touch with me soon.

For more info, search this blog under the term “workshop” and you’ll get quite a few articles and links. And of course there’s plenty of stuff on the workshop site itself.

Marketing to Real Estate Agents — The Top Tier

Hargis_080812_8823A while ago we discussed some techniques for building a client base out of nothing, when you’re just starting out as a Real Estate photographer (Stone Soup). Today, I’m going to assume that you’ve successfully gained a few regular clients, and have a few shoots under your belt. You’re starting to get the hang of things, your photography is getting better, and you’re beginning to eye some better gigs. How do you get the attention of the agents who have those $5,000,000 listings? The ones with the giant living rooms, eternity pools, 5-acre kitchens, and whatnot.

Find out how after the jump