A great photograph is not an accident…

it is a picture that tells a story!

Pre-visualization

Pre-visualization can be the best tool for a photographer.  Most people have heard of pre-visualization but few really know what it is.  Basically, it is the art of “seeing” your photograph BEFORE you shoot it.

Sometimes, it is a vision in your head that you want to duplicate or it can be the art of stepping into a room, sizing the environment up within moments, and know exactly how you’re going to shoot the picture.

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So, Who’s Photo Is It?

As a professional photographer, you own ALL of the images that you create.  When a client pays you for the photo session, they are only paying for the “Usage Rights” to that photograph.  This means that it is yours (the photographer) and the client gets to use the photograph in anyway, shape, or form unless otherwise granted or restricted by a contract between them and the photographer.

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Photographer’s Property

Photographers that deal with the public, that is, being paid to shoot photographs for a client for compensation, you will, at some point, run into “ownership” issues.

The issues involved can be a real roller coaster because there are a myriad of different scenarios that can encircle any job.  For instance, if it’s a print job, the fee can depend on what type of circulation the image will get (number of printed issues), the size of the image on the page, the placement of the image on the page, etc.  There are different factors depending on different jobs.

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Real Estate Photography – Part 4

In this blog, I want to address the psychological aspects of Real Estate Photography.

In the past 3 blogs, I’ve talked about standing out from the rest of the photographers by PhotoShop techniques, considerations of articles left in the house (lighting, window dressings, etc.), architectural signatures(arched doorways, etc.)and angles but in this blog, I want to address certain psychological issues that need to be acknowledged.

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Real Estate Photography – Part 3

In my last 2 blogs on Real Estate Photography has dealt mostly with digital techniques and the importance of being familiar with these tools in helping the photographer separate themselves from the rest of the pack. In this blog, I would like to deal with more of the “creative” aspect. The concept of making the best decisions that would make the photograph more meaningful to the potential client.

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Real Estate Photography – Part 2

In the initial Real Estate blog, I talked about the fact that all digital images need some type of “tweaking” to make them “pop”. Original digital images, generally, are not perfect by any means. Of course, this is, as I said before, a very subjective issue.

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Real Estate Photography – Part 1

Most people that shoot with digital cameras, really aren’t what I would call “professionals”. By definition, a “professional” is one that shoots photography for money…most likely, for their livelihood. Most people that shoot digital images are amateurs that USE a digital camera. There is a difference. Although I have seen some really nice photographs shot by simple digital cameras, for the most part, I believe that, as a “professional” no original digital image is perfect.

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