I teach a lot of people how to improve their property photography but my business also edits several thousand photos every month for estate agents and individual customers all around the UK. On photography workshop days, the questions that I invariably get asked about involve Photoshop and these include, ‘How did you get rid of that car?’ and ‘How do you add blue skies? Some people are fascinated by what can be achieved, but like many other skills, success boils down to experience and the ability to see things differently. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m very pleased to announce that I have just set up a brand new directory of specialist property photographers at www.property-photography.co.uk.

This will, I hope, one day become the go-to resource for anyone who is looking to engage the best property photographers in their area, whether for residential or commercial property, new or old.

I have already invited a couple of photographers whose work I very much admire, to link their names to my site. However, there is an invitation to anyone else who is in this field and who provides quality work, to get in touch so that we can hopefully list them too. I will want the site to reflect the best available work in the UK but I would encourage you to get in touch even if you think that your work might not be up to scratch. I can certainly help you improve if that’s what you would like.

 

I was fortunate to be one of a few photographers attending at the Google Campus in London last night to see a pre-launch demonstration of MySweep – which I believe has the potential to revolutionise the way agents show their properties online. Google has its own similar offering but by comparison it’s really clunky. Take a look at the Google ad here and you’ll see what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, I know, one should never end a sentence with a preposition. But the alternative, ‘with which to do business’, sounds so cumbersome. Read the rest of this entry »

This time of year it’s not the cloudy days that are the property photographer’s enemy, it’s the bright sunny ones.

This is especially the case if there are big trees or other tall structures causing high-contrast shadows over gardens and elevations when the bright Sun drops behind them – at this time of year that would be most of the daytime.

The problem is that there is, on a bright day, a difference of around 22 f-stops worth of available light in the real world* but the average digital camera records detail in a range equal to around 7 f-stops (less able cameras) to 14 (more able SLR cameras). The human eye can see the equivalent of around 20 f-stops in a scene, because it constantly adjusts as it focusses on different elements of it. In plain English, this translates to the unfortunate fact that in high-contrast scenes, a photograph’s detail can easily be lost with blocky shadows at one end of the scale or blown highlights at the other.

So – what to do? Read the rest of this entry »

I couldn’t believe it! The one sunny day for ages – a job I’d not been looking forward to – photographing a roundabout on a main road with a 60′ mast on a windy day with traffic whizzing around – and when I get there, a field full of vehicles attending a car boot sale.

The client needed his photo for PR purposes, as his property developer client had sponsored the roundabout’s landscaping in order to promote their retirement village. There was no option other than to, ‘Just do it’.

Now, I liked photographing with film, but for any film guys out there who are still not sure about digital, please do explain how you’d have made the above photo for less than the price of a dinner for 4 at a good restaurant.