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Still Photography or Videography

A great camera vs a great camera, what you can expect. What’s the difference between still photography and videography. Well in the basic form they are the same. So the question becomes a single image or a series of single images played in succession.

Now that the boring part is over we can decide which type of photography to use and why. In defense of video, if you are viewing all the video on this page at the same time, your internet buffer may not stay up with the data stream. The answer to “Why Video” is at the bottom of the page.

In our first example we can see the difference between a slideshow of still images and a motion video walk through. The slideshow has greater resolution, is clearer and shows greater detail. The video walk through is not as sharp and moves in what we hope is a more natural form through out the home. Both may be paused or gone back to an earlier scene.

Self Paced gallery
Quick Video Walk About

Here we see examples of a 360×180 virtual tour. When taken with still images and stitched together we still have greater resolution and clarity. In both examples we could have an audio track of just music or a voice over. The difference would be the audio is seperate from the still image panoramas and in the video the audio track is embed.

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360 Video Tour – Stationary Camera

Our last example is video only. Here we have the camera mounted on a robot that travels through the home, use the mouse, hand or move the mobile device for different views, This only gives acceptable results when used on a very flat surface to prevent camera ‘wobble’

360 Video Tour – Moving Camera

Why Video? In my opinion, quality still images and 360 Virtual Tours are sharper, have greater resolution and a higher clarity value. So why would you choose video?  Social Media. FaceBook and YouTube will allow you to use stills. FaceBook allows for a gallery and YouTube will combine uploaded images into a video, YouTube’s slideshow maker does not allow for any customization.

Both love video, and they promote these videos to a greater extent. They also allow for sharing to other Social Media sites, such as Pinterest, Twitter and Google+. FaceBook allows for sharing on ‘Group’ pages.

This allows you, the Realtor, to promote yourself and your listings. We have been posting and sharing for a long time.  In fact we have posted 703 videos between 2015 and January 2017. These videos were shared on other social media sites and promoted your listings and you as a Realtor.



E-Mail January 2017

PDX Real Estate Photography

503-550-7774

The snow and ice are gone and it’s time to get back to work.

2016 was a great year and 2017 will be even better. During last year I was asked if I do this or I do that, so during our slow season I have developed new and I think exciting services that can be offered to you and your clientele. I have come up with some presentation ideas and products that are so new to the market that I have only seen 1 or 2 examples of, period. And they where done on such high end properties that most would never consider producing for our bread and butter properties.

One such example is a 360 degree video camera mounted on a robot and driven through the home. This isn’t a gimmick, it’s a way to start getting more and more of the presentations on the INTERNET Social Media sites.

For those that know me, you know my background has been high technology and programming with a life time passion for photography. So for me this is entertainment, and for you it’s cutting edge services and affordable pricing.

Please take the time to visit my web site and explore the 2017 options currently available, do you have an idea or desire, then by all means discuss it with me. I am always looking for the next big offering.

2017’s new line up of Real Estate Services. http://pdxrealestatephotography.com/samples2017

Bill Jones
PDX Real Estate Photography
http://pdxrealestatephotography.com
Call (503)550-7774

Samples of what we offer and Prices.


Samples for 2017

I wish to thank Bill Douglas and Paul Wells of Legend Real Estate Services for allowing me access to one of their model homes at ‘Legend at Villebois’. It makes life so much easier when you can plan on comparison samples taken at the same location and with out having to rush through the job, or even come back if needed.

Welcome to PDX Real Estate Photography
$175.00 for 30 plus HDR images, an online slideshow plus a Branded YooTube video of your listing

Click on the pictures

Self Paced gallery
 

Part of the basic photo package for $175.00
This includes photos, photo gallery for the RMLS virtual tour link and the branded YouTube Slideshow

Branded YouTube Video/Slideshow
 

Included with the basic photo package..

360 – Tour

 

** 360 Virtual Tour, all rooms and areas worth including.

$175.00 if ordered alone or $100.00 as an added service.

3D and WEBVR ready New for 2017

Quick Video Walk About
 

If an added service this can run between $50.00 and $100.00 Voice over available.

This can be edited into a professional Zillow 2 minute silent video and uploaded to Zillow  New for 2017

360 Video Tour – Moving Camera
 

New for 2017

This can be quite tricky and time consuming, If an add on the fee $175.00 up. If standalone the fee is $275.00 up.

Voice over available.

360 Video Tour – Stationary Camera
 

New for 2017

** Stationary 360 video of each room (similar to number 2. but with video instead of HTML5 and may be substituted for number 2 in making multiple selections.

Voice over available.

Drone Fly About – Combined with Video Walk About
 

New for 2017

Select Video Walk About and Drone (aerial) and we can edit the two into one presentation.

Voice over available.

Aerial Video and Aerial Photography
 

Drone work starts at $175.00 if an additional service or $200.00 if stand alone.

** The advantage of 360-Virtual Tours is higher resolution and viewer has greater control of which rooms to explore.
** The advantage of 360-Video Virtual Tour – Stationery rooms is that it allows for a voice over and is in YouTube and Google search engines. Client can also upload to their own FaceBook page.

Book or Contact PDX Real Estate Photography
  • $175.00 for 30 plus HDR images, an online slideshow plus a Branded YooTube video of your listing. But if you need more! we have that as well.
  •   HDR Photography
      360 Panorama Virtual Tour
      360 Video Virtual Tour
      360 Video Virtual Tour - Moving Camera
      Video Walk Through (Walk About)
      Drone - Aerial Photography
      Drone - Aerial Video
      Other

Please call and we will figure out a fair price for your needs.

Call (503)550-7774


2017 What's new and here. (Not a wish list)

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New for 2017

What a year.  Now we go on to the good stuff. There is so much good stuff out there.  Just imagine what it can do for your business.

Doing what I do is a balancing act.  I want to offer the best, not just acceptable.

This past year I offered beautiful 360-virtual tours.  These where easy to navigate, one click from room to room, and completely user controlled or automatic.

514ypqknitl-_ac_us160_For 2017 the 360-Virtual Tours will also be WEBVR capable as well as gyroscopic controlled by your SmartPhone, iPhone or Tablet.

360-Virtual Tour
Just click on the image and look for the headset icon

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Just back to Photography

Of all the media at your disposal, the Stand Alone images should always be number 1.  Everything else that we offer should come after those stunning images. Check Our Photography and Virtual Tours . These aren’t samples.  They are what we are doing out in the field.

Gallery (this is our standard on-line gallery format)
Just click on the image

Motion Video

I have tried the large video productions, cranes, dolly’s and sliders but they just take too long. Too long to set up, too long to produce, too long too edit, too long to process and too long to view. That’s too many ‘too longs’.

This past fall I started experimenting with a handheld 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal.  I may shake, rattle and roll but the video doesn’t. These short Walk About’s are not designed to replace that large video production, but to augment the listing for you. And they don’t cost you very much.

Quick Video Walk About
Just click on the image

For a real experience we have added 360 Video (motion camera)
Not all properties lend themselves to 360 video, but the ones that do, wow.

360 Video Tour – Motion Camera

360 Video Tour – Stationary Camera

 Aerial shots, up, up and away. Those wonderful drones. They open up so many possibilities but they come with regulations. There are areas they are forbidden and down right dangerous. Is your drone operator FAA Part 107 certified? If not, you may be just as liable as they are.

Safety first.  That’s why I fly the DJI Phanton 4.  It is the safest stand alone drone out there, and it’s intelligent. Tell it what to do and let it do it’s work. When done it comes back and lands at your feet just like my Golden Retriever.

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Besides having a great drone, I can provide you with aerial still images that are HDR and comparable to the standard RMLS images that this company was built on.

Gallery (Aerial images in HDR) Just click on the image

What if you need the same stunning shots but from a location that flying a drone would be unwise if not illegal? Or maybe you wanted shots inside a warehouse, of a grand foyer? I have you covered there as well.

Gone are the ladders, the extra tall tripods. Enter the Kite, That’s right.  A Kite with propellers and a camera.

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Always under control because it’s on a leash. And the leash has 100 foot range (a 2 story home is under 30 feet) and the controller talks to the kite.

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Motion Video – Aerial

The little home on the corner may not warrant a fly over, but that ranch or estate may be just crying for a lift up to capture the view or pool.  It may be a couple of minutes of Estate overview or maybe just a few seconds of bling.

Drones or the View From Above
Just click on the image

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Stability in 40 mph winds
Just click on the image

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A la Carte Vs. Package pricing?

A la Carte Vs. Package pricing?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a package price on what you want and still have the ability to select the options that you wished to take advantage of? What if I could offer you a custom package that fits your specific needs at a price that is more affordable than the alternative a la carte pricing that is satisfied by different contractors.

What is worth more to you? All of your options being fulfilled under one roof at a package price or a la carte optionsby different contractors. Each individual contractor has to be scheduled, resulting in you or your clients taking more time off of work and out of busy schedules to be there for the multiple individuals. Finally, this also requires the services of a marketing representative that facilitates the scheduling of each of these contractors.

In-house ordering definitely has its pitfalls and I am committed to offering you an in-house alternative that makes sense financially, is convenient and that maintains continuity.

Of course in-house departments are encouraged to contact us and build packages that can be offered affordably and quickly.

I am able to do this because I am a local business owner and I stand behind my work because I take pride in what I do.

Samples of services and prices
Click here for 1 sample that has everything

1. HDR photography of the property, as many images as it takes.

  • Includes a slideshow of the pictures to link to the Virtual Tour RMLS link.
  • A branded video slideshow that is branded to you and posted to YouTube, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook as well as being Tweeted. That puts your name into the most popular social media sites on the internet for every listing we do for you.

2. 360 Virtual Tours of the structure and the property.

3 .Video Walk About, this is a real video of entering the homes and walking through it, showing the flow. Realtor Voice Over available. This can also be edited to 2 minutes for a Zillow video.

4. Aerial (drone) images or video.

5. Aerial Drone – Interior work

6. 360-VIDEO Virtual Tour moving camera (camera attached to robot platform)

7. 360-VIDEO Virtual Tour – Stationary 360 video of each room (similar to number 2. but with video instead of HTML5 and may be substituted for number 2 in making multiple selections.

The advantage  of number 7. 360-Video Virtual Tour – Stationery rooms is that it allows for a voice over and is in YouTube and Google search engines. The client can also upload to their own FaceBook page.

The advantage of number 2. 360-Virtual Tours is higher resolution and the viewer has greater control of which rooms to explore.

We will gladly provide discounts on multiple selections. You must decide what you want while we book the shoot so we can allow the extra time for each selection. Every shoot requires time for us to drive to the location and then home, we can discount additional services because we are already there and can deduct the travel.

An example would be $175.00 for the photo shoot or $175.00 for a 360-Virtual tour. Order both and it’s only $275.00 not $350.00, add a video walk through, an extra $50.00 etc.

Video work (drone and 360-Video tours) are quoted because there is just too many variables to have a set price

 

Please visit http://PDXRealEstatePhotography.com and see samples or all of our work.

Bill Jones
503-550-7774


Do we make a difference?

This home was on the market for  a couple of years and went pending shortly after I was hired to do this presentation

Gallery Main Level

Gallery Upper Level and Lower Entertainment

Gallery Exterior

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Gallery Shop

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360-Virtual Tour Main Level

360-Virtual Tour Upper Level

360-Virtual Tour Lower Entertainment

A walk about – Drive and Pond

A walk about – Main Level

A walk about – Upstairs

A walk about – Downstairs Entertainment

A walk about – Exterior

A walk about – Shop and RV Pad

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Aerial Photography


Welcome to PDX Real Estate Photography
FAA Remote Pilots License plus $1,000,000.00 Umbrella Policy
It’s a $1000.00 fine (per instance) if not legal and the Realtor is liable as well. Don’t speculate, know the law.
Back to Drone or not to Drone, well my answer is YES. I have tried poles, extensions and jumping up why clicking. The last, not a pretty sight.

A year ago I discovered a drone team from Switzerland that was seeking funding and had designed the drone of my dreams, one that wouldn’t fly away, would not eat trees, used the best video technology and could even be used indoors, hey, we can fly from room to room if the Hummels are put away :-).

Yes, that sounds like a joke, but how about a drone that could be used to illustrate warehouses, barns and maybe the foyer of one of those 6000 square foot homes on the hill. After a year of engineering refinements, electronics and production manufacturing it’s ready.

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But sometimes you need more and I have that covered as well.

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Need a video or pictures of the ‘grounds’ ? Want to tie together the video of the mile long driveway, walk through the estate and then the impressive landscape. Look no further.

Take a break, cook dinner with your drone

All of our work consists of the fusion principle where possible. Commonly known as HDR we prefer to think of our approach as the melding of multiple exposures to provide an image that’s as true to real life as possible and limited to the dynamic range of the base medium. These high definition images are attractive and draw the viewers attention in to the detail.

Gallery (Aerial images in HDR) Just click on the image

Drones or the View From Above
Just click on the image

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Stability in 40mph winds
Just click on the image

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The cost? Let me surprise you with how affordable it can be.

The best part, no multiple appointments, the aerial guy, then the 3D guy, the photographer guy, then ….

The Price Grid

Just one call and then one appointment. Call (503)550-7774


Video Walk About's

This has been a very good year for all of us, listings are up as well as the actual sales. You have been busy and so have I.

It’s easy to run with the flow, if it works, don’t change it. The problem is that when you don’t evolve, you become stagnant, and that becomes a slow death. I don’t want that to happen, I want to keep evolving and growing and to do so I have to keep thinking as well as acting out of the box.

So what does that mean to you? well first off I hired my stepson to help with the computer processing. He is a full time student and father and the extra cash keeps them going. But helping family only goes so far, he has to bring a skill set to the table. Aaron’s skill set is that he is meticulous and driven to do his best. I don’t pay him by the hour but by the job. This gives him the opportunity work faster and earn more, and the risk becomes sloppy work. I am pleased to report his attitude is the opposite, he wants to take his time, he wants to do it right. What does this mean to you, my clients, a better product.

What does this mean to me? the opportunity to offer you more. I now offer a video walk about of the property. I go through the home with a gimble stabilized video camera and try to convey the flow of the home. This video is kept short as to retain viewer interest. The Walk About does not replace good photography but is designed to augment it.

Next month I will also be offering drone photography.

By freeing up the time I spend processing the properties images I can now spend more time developing improved and expanded presentations for the homes that require something extra.

 


Gallery Main Level

Gallery Upper Level and Lower Entertainment

Gallery Exterior

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Gallery Shop

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360-Virtual Tour Main Level

360-Virtual Tour Upper Level

360-Virtual Tour Lower Entertainment

A very quick walk about – Drive and Pond

A very quick walk about – Main Level

A very quick walk about – Upstairs

A very quick walk about – Downstairs Entertainment

A very quick walk about – Exterior


E-Mail 02/24/16

PDX Real Estate Photography
503-550-7774

Selling season is here, the rain has let up and the sun is out.

Those new listing you have been working on are coming together. To present them in the best possible fashion you need professional photography and captivating virtual tours.

Your best use of time is to sell the seller on you and then sell the home. Let me help with the marketing and presentations for both seller and buyer.

If your an existing client you may have missed some of the new exciting things I do for you.

Photography, a mix of Fusion of 7 exposures with flash added to get the accurate colors and dynamic range possible. Every image is processed this way.

How many? as many as it takes.

I provide an on-line gallery for the RMLS virtual tour link even if you didn’t purchase the 360-Virtual Tour.

I convert the gallery into a BRANDED YouTube video for your distribution. I then post the links to our Twitter, Pinterest and Face Book page. This gives you additional exposure.

360-Virtual Tours, same 7 exposure Fusion is used and I do all the rooms that will help sell the home, not 1 or 2.

You have a portfolio on my web site, please visit and check it out. Just click on “Our Clientele”

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial
  • Property Management
  • Builders
  • Re-modelers

I post every home we shoot, the great, not so great and the rest. Just click on “Our Photography and Virtual Tours”

This and more is readily available on my web site, right in the top menu, not hidden.

Want more information, just call me,

Bill Jones
Pdx Real Estate Photography
503-550-7774


RMLS, why can't they get it right?

Okay I am ranting, but please someone tell me why the RMLS uses the 4.3 aspect ratio. It’s not the dark ages anymore, our monitors, and I mean ALL of them displays images larger then 640×480. The dark ages are over. I am a photographer, I use professional equipment based on the industry standard 35mm film size. I don’t and I hope my competition doesn’t shoot with cell phones or Instamatics.

It’s time for the mls’s to move into NOW. The 35mm format is a 3.2 ratio, what does this mean to you? It means wide angle images that are not distorted. In the past the RMLS stretched images to fit their 4.3 or 640×480 ratio, I am glad they stopped doing that, but still preferring 4.3 or 640×480 they are doing us all an injustice.

Below are a couple of examples of what I am talking about. The pictures on the right look larger but actually show less of the rooms.

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What happens if you upload an images like the ones on the left is a white space above and below the picture is added, Why, because it is now in a 4.3 ratio. The problem is when images are taken from the rmls for brochures this white top and bottom goes with them, yuck.

Remove the box code from the photo manager and stop telling you to format for 640×480 and stop asking for a specific ratio as this confuses some brokers. The RMLS photo manager should just handle this transparently. This isn’t rocket science, it’s just modern technology.

How do you want your listings to look? Tell the RMLS what you want. As for me, well I prefer 3.2 but I work for you.


E-Mail October 2015

Bill Jones
PDX Real Estate Photography and 360-Tours
503-550-7774

RMLS now lets you post up to 30 images!

What does that mean to you and me? well if your an existing customer it doesn’t mean anything at all. I have always provided as many pictures as needed. I have never had a pricing structure based on images taken, or for that matter square footage for your residential listings.

There have been many properties that I provided 45 to 60 images, on the average, 35+. That’s what it took to give you, the broker the tools needed to market the property. I never cared how many the RMLS used.

If you are going to be a new client it means no additional charges for more than 16 images, no more sliding scale pricing. Just one flat fee that takes care of your needs.


RMLS now lets the Realtor post up to 30 images

What does that mean to you and me? well if your an existing customer it doesn’t mean anything at all. I have always provided as many pictures as needed. There have been many properties that I provided 45 to 60 images. That’s what it took to give you, the broker the tools needed to market the property. I never cared what the RMLS used.

If you are going to be a new client it means no additional charges for more than 16 images, no more sliding scale pricing. Just one flat fee that takes care of your needs.


E-Mail August 2015

PDX Real Estate Photography
503-550-7774

 

Summertime and that bright sun creates its own issues when photographing a property. We get more lens flare and hot spots and there isn’t a simple solution to this.

1. When you have to shoot into the sun, that blue sky turns white and we get that rainbow of colored disks floating through the picture.

2. That bright sun on one side and the other side is in shadows, we can stand there and our eyes adjust but take a picture and you can expose for the bright area or the shadows, either solution looks terrible. This is the same as shooting inside a home, that bright light coming through the window will just be a white glow if you expose for the room itself.

How do we solve the SUN issues?

For number 1, it’s experience, you just have to shoot into the sun so many times that you know how to do it. No software to save the day, just experience.

For number 2, bright windows inside, I take multiple exposures of the same scene, some under exposed and some over, then I blend them together until I get a well lit room and well controlled windows or a yard that’s inviting, it’s a lot of work but someone has to do it.

Sellers are also buyers and buyers do most of their shopping Online, they know what they are looking for and take note of the presentation because when they switch to being the seller they want a Realtor that will provide that high level of presentation, and that’s why you call me.

Visit my web site, ALL of my work is viewable, the good, bad and ugly. A sow’s ear is still a sow’s ear but I try to make it look like a silk purse.

Want more information, just call me,

Bill Jones
Pdx Real Estate Photography
503-550-7774


E-Mail June 2015

PDX Real Estate Photography
503-550-7774

Selling season is here, the rain has let up and the sun is out.

Those new listing you have been working on are coming together. To present them in the best possible fashion you need professional photography and captivating virtual tours.

Your best use of time is to get the listing and sell the home so let me help with the marketing and presentations.

That said, I am getting busy as well, I try my hardest to schedule you into the time slots you want but sometimes I can’t do it. If you want me to be available, plan ahead and get me scheduled in advance, not the day before if possible.

If your an existing client you may have missed some of the new exciting things I do for you.

Photography, a mix of HDR fusion with flash added to get the accurate colors and dynamic range possible. Every image is processed this way.

How many? as many as it takes.

I provide and on-line gallery for the RMLS virtual tour link even if you didn’t purchase the 360-Virtual Tour.

I convert the gallery into a BRANDED YouTube video for your distribution. I then post the links to Twitter and our Face Book page. This gives you additional exposure.

360-Virtual Tours, same HDR Fusion is used and I do all the rooms that will help sell the home, not 1 or 2.

You have a portfolio on my web site, please visit and check it out. Just click on “Our Clients and their portfolios”

I post every home we shoot, the great, not so great and the rest. Just click on “Our Photography and Virtual Tours”

I shoot for Property Managers.

I do before and after sessions for builders and re-modelers.

This and more is readily available on my web site, right in the top menu, not hidden.

Want more information, just call me,

Bill Jones
Pdx Real Estate Photography
503-550-7774


The Daily Drop

I have added a new menu item, the Daily Drop. Unfortunately email with links has it’s issues, If I send you your pictures in an email (which I will continue to do) every now and again you don’t get them. Especially if you have a generic email like gmail, hotmail, and yahoo.

When I email out your pictures I will also add a post to the Daily Drop so if you don’t receive the email you can just come here and get them.

When the branded tour that is posted to YouTube is done it will be on my YouTube channel. It is usually done a day or so after the shoot. I also share it on my facebook page and on twitter to help you receive all the exposure I can.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyRTJ0gcTEUaMO31dKHqS5A

https://www.facebook.com/pdxrealestatephotography

https://twitter.com/bjones95352917


I am here to sell you, not a house.

Why did you hire me to provide great marketing tools for the home you list? Most would say to sell the house, well if that’s the case your missing out on what the real reasons should be.

Your goal should be to sell you, increase your listing load and market share. Not every house is going to sell, no matter how great the presentation is, so you had better have more homes on the market. That’s what my real job is, to sell you.

When you go on that listing presentation you have to sell yourself to the seller. You have to show them what you are willing to do to sell their home for them, you have to show the seller that you are making an investment in them and the best way to get their attention is provide professional photography, virtual tours and maybe even live video. They want to know you are committed.

Why am I telling you this, easy, I want your business. That’s why I post every house I shoot and give credit to you. It’s a lot of work doing this and I don’t do it for the entertainment, I do it to make you look good. If I do my job right, your listings will increase, more homes will sell and you will keep hiring me to build your portfolio.

Did you know that you can bookmark your portfolio and show it to your new seller? You can show them what you are going to do for them.

Wouldn’t you like to sit down and show your seller something like this on your iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone.

 Portfolio


E-Mail January 2015

PDX Real Estate Photography

503-550-7774

My job is to sell you!

Why did you hire me to provide great marketing tools for the home you list? Most would say to sell the house, well if that’s the case your missing out on what the real reasons should be.

Your goal should be to sell you, increase your listing load and market share. Not every house is going to sell, no matter how great the presentation is, so you had better have more homes on the market. That’s what my real job is, to sell you.

When you go on that listing presentation you have to sell yourself to the seller. You have to show them what you are willing to do to sell their home for them, you have to show the seller that you are making an investment in them and the best way to get their attention is provide professional photography, virtual tours and maybe even live video. They want to know you are committed.

Why am I telling you this, easy, I want your business. That’s why I post every house I shoot and give credit to you. It’s a lot of work doing this and I don’t do it for the entertainment, I do it to make you look good. If I do my job right, your listings will increase, more homes will sell and you will keep hiring me to build your portfolio.

Did you know that you can bookmark your portfolio and show it to your new seller? You can show them what you are going to do for them.

Wouldn’t you like to sit down and show your seller something like this on your iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone.

 Portfolio


YouTube Video Slide Shows

A slideshow on YouTube may be rendered into a video format, but it’s still a slideshow. It’s not a full motion video. But they are still very important because they are posted on YouTube, the second largest search engine. Ours are branded to the Realtor and the address is the title.

These are not meant to be used as the Virtual Tour link, we already provide a gallery for that purpose. Our gallery images are better then anything you will see on YouTube because they are still images, not an encoded 30 frame per second video.

Okay. I have just said the video slide show isn’t as sharp as the gallery, but we have taken great pains to ensure that our YouTube presentations are the sharpest you will ever see.

If we photograph a home for you, this is what you will see on YouTube.


I Invented it!!

This has become a common theme with companies claiming they invented a new process, that’s why it looks so good and you need to work with them exclusively.

ELC – Enhanced Lighting Compression , new? I don’t think so. If it quacks like HDR and walks like HDR, then it’s probably HDR. High Dynamic Range has been around for a while, it consists of multiple images taken at different exposures and then combined to bring out the shadows and lessen the highlights.

Processed in our ELC or HDR studio, studio? well I guess our few computers and monitors could be considered a studio, or it could just be my loft work station.

Images combined with our propitiatory software? Should read ‘tweaked in Photoshop or Lightroom with a couple of presets we adjusted. Photoshop or Lightroom can be exchanged with any number of new HDR programs.

Well this is just what I do, except I have fine tuned several presets for different lighting and kelvin ranges, and I process and further tweak each image. Then I open it in Photoshop for the final cropping, straightening, etc.

Bottom line, take these claims with a grain of salt. If you like their work then use them, I hope you like mine better though.


Compare me to the competition - an open letter.

PDX Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Photography as an art form is here. No longer are out of focus, poorly lit rooms and crooked walls acceptable. Your sellers expect you to present their property professionally.

If you don’t, they will seek a broker who will.

I encourage you to compare what a professional photographer offers as we are not all the same and what is offered isn’t the same either. While comparing our work, compare our basic and premium packages as well. The first thing you should notice is their samples and their ‘Premium add-ons include’ section.

Their samples are great. They are a few of the very best pictures they have taken. My samples are everything I have taken. I present everything because not every home you are selling is a mansion or loft apartment with unlimited views. They are just ordinary homes in regular neighborhoods, they are the bread and butter that supports all of us.

Their ‘Premium add-ons include‘ section lists the additional cost for HDR, more than 16 shots, additional panoramas, etc.

I don’t have a ‘Premium add-ons include‘ section because it’s all provided in the basics. I shoot as many pictures as it takes, and do panoramas of every room and even outside if it warrants. All my pictures and panoramas are HDR, all of them. In fact I have taken to the next step, my HDR is no longer a set of bracketed photos but two sets of bracketed photos, one set with flash and one set without. I believe this give the best lit homes and most natural colors. Without the added flash you just can’t control the orange light from incandescent lighting and wild mix when a room has incandescent, halogen, led and maybe florescent lighting. Since my samples are posted in descending order you will see the improvement from excellent pictures to outstanding picture.

And 99% percent of the time you get pictures the same day, not 24 hours. Never later than the next morning, even if I have to work all night to keep that promise.

Call me at 503-550-7774 so I can help you stand out from the crowd.

Bill Jones

Photographer

503-550-7774

bjones@pdxrealestatephotography.com

http://pdxrealestatephotography.com


HDR or Flash or maybe something better

HDR or High Dynamic Range is a process of taking multiple shots at different exposures and then using a process called fusion to give us a scene that more closely resembles what the eye sees.

This also enables us to see what is outside a window, unfortunately this is overdone and we end up with a photo that mare closely resemble a Normal Rockwell painting, pleasant but not true to form and the windows, although not as blown out still leave something to be desired.

Other photographers rely on flash which is excellent if you place several off camera flashes and balance them well and can avoided added shadows.

I have started to do a Hybrid of HDR and Flash that I feel comes the closest reflecting what a home interior should look like.

Straight HDR

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Flash

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My Hybrid

 

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Before and After

Contractors, re modelers, painters and renovators take out the old and generally ugly and install or build something nicer and contemporary to today’s taste.

Whether for web site use, promotional material or investment prospecting,  a good set of images that show what to expect are critical.

Having experience in Real Estate images I can look at a gutted building or old kitchen area and have a good idea of what was and what will be.  This is important because the before and after shots should be taken from the same spot to best show what has been accomplished.

Right after taking and processing the before images I assemble a slide show that takes you through the property in the same order I would do it if it was ready to go, when I take the after images I actually watch the slideshow of the before so I can position myself and provide truly accurate comparisons between the before and the after.

If this is a service I can provide you, please get in contact with me as early as possible so a plan can be organized determining just what you expect and what I can provide.

In an example of a complete remodel, do you want the before starting with the house as acquired, then a set after being gutted, then we can do a progress shoot or just a final shoot.   The example slides are just after being gutted and finally ready for market.

 

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Getting that listing

Does a Realtor know why they didn’t get a listing? not always because they don’t even know that they where passed over. Many times a prospective seller chose to interview a couple of Realtors by looking at their past listings and if your presentation wasn’t what they wanted, they didn’t even give you a chance.

If we have worked together in the past, then we have a portfolio already created under your name. If we haven’t worked together then show your prospective client a few of the home we have photographed and made tours for.

We aren’t suggesting you claim ownership, we are suggesting that by choosing you they are also choosing us. You are showing the quality of work you are investing in to help the listing be noticed and generate traffic. A seller appreciates the fact that the Realtor is making an investment of their own and that there is risk involved.


Staging a Home

Studies have shown that staged homes can sell up to three times faster then homes that are not staged ‘San Fancisco Chronicle’

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

We have a sample tour and slideshow showing a home vacant and staged. You will notice that the pictures and tour samples where taken from different areas as a vacant home and a staged home should be photographed accordingly.

Un Staged Tour

Staged Tour

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We do not offer professional staging but felt it was an important topic.

 


What we have to offer

I do Real Estate, and it’s not easy and it takes a lot of time, maybe not so much at the shoot location, but that’s not where the work is.

This is also a working description of what exposure fusion or HDR consists of

Let us have a real life run through. Here is a den with a window scene, I have taken 9 different exposures as you can see below. Your wedding photographer, Realtor next to you with his new digital camera, or neighbors son will not give you a better image then the best one presented. And the walls will not be straight.

This means that if I take 50 different pictures of a property, I now have to process 450 images. And we are not even talking about the 360-Virtual Tour.

I currently use a Canon 5d MK II, each image is 21 mega-pixels on a full frame sensor.That means the end picture I provide was merged/combined from 189 mega-pixels of data.

Here is the raw combined image, but we are far from done.
Here it has been adjusted to where I want it, a little contrasty but that will be dealt with later.
Now we are in Photoshop and making sure the walls are straight even though they looked good before.
Next step is to correct for the lens distortion, this straightens any bowing effects from the wide angle lens.
Our final crop.
Here we bring back our outdoors scene. Then a final contrast adjustment and save.
Finally our picture, ready for the RMLS and other ads. Done, not yet.   Like Robin Williams and Golf, I still have to do this 49 more times.
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Ask your photographer what you can expect from them, ask about their workflow.This was easy, can’t wait to tell you about creating the 360 Virtual Tour and building the Gallery and the Slideshow.

Bottom line, you get what you pay for, and on any Home, this is what the seller expects.


E-Mail January 2014

No Longer Offered

PropertyTour.US

http://propertytours.us

Has anyone ever said, ‘If it doesn’t sell, forget it, don’t pay me.’ ?

Well, that’s what I’m saying. Hire me to do your photo and tour work and if it doesn’t sell, forget it, don’t pay me.

Why should you gamble on me.

  • There’s a good chance I’m going make you some good money.
  • If you already have a photographer and utilize sites like Visual Tours, Tour Factory etc. I will save you money.
  • There’s a good chance I’m going to make you look good.
  • You have nothing to lose, sure you pay me when the house sells, but maybe it was my presentation that sold it.
  • If the property does not sell, you do not have to pay me.
  • Very reasonable pricing.

FAQ’s

WHAT YOU GET TO WORK WITH

One link the that will take you to my web site and show you what I have done for a couple Realtors at Propertytours.us

WHAT I DO

  • I take a lot of pictures so you and the seller can decide what will show best.
  • I can take elevated shots if the property lends itself to that.
  • Every picture is a composite of 9 or more shots taken at different exposures then blended to achieve the best (NATURAL) tonal range and shadow control (YES, every picture).
  • Every picture has been straightened, aligned and cropped to best effect.
  • I do true 360 rotational panoramas for our virtual tours. Our tour opens full screen on every device. Compiled in both Flash and HTML 5 our tours can be viewed on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Android and yes, even the iPad).
  • I host our own showcase that promotes the property and the Broker.
  • I Host the Virtual Tour on my servers. (A tour generally consists of 150 plus megabytes of data).

I also photograph Vacation Rentals and desinations. Vacation homes compete against other rentals in the same area. Give a better presentation, get more customers.

http://www.propertytours.us/vacation-destinations/

I would be happy to visit an office meeting and better explain how I can help increase sales and maybe help develop an office continuity that would better reflect the Brokerage.

Bill Jones

http://propertytours.us an Oregon Company

(503) 550-7774


E-Mail January 2014

http://propertytours.us

Has anyone ever said, ‘If it doesn’t sell, forget it, don’t pay me.’ ?

Well, that’s what I’m saying. Hire me to do your photo and tour work and if it doesn’t sell, forget it, don’t pay me.

Why should you gamble on me.

  • There’s a good chance I’m going make you some good money.
  • If you already have a photographer and utilize sites like Visual Tours, Tour Factory etc. I will save you money.
  • There’s a good chance I’m going to make you look good.
  • You have nothing to lose, sure you pay me when the house sells, but maybe it was my presentation that sold it.
  • If the property does not sell, you do not have to pay me.
  • Very reasonable pricing.

FAQ’s

WHAT I DO

  • I take a lot of pictures so you and the seller can decide what will show best.
  • I can take elevated shots if the property lends itself to that.
  • Every picture is a composite of 9 or more shots taken at different exposures then blended to achieve the best (NATURAL) tonal range and shadow control (YES, every picture).
  • Every picture has been straightened, aligned and cropped to best effect.
  • I do true 360 rotational panoramas for our virtual tours. Our tour opens full screen on every device. Compiled in both Flash and HTML 5 our tours can be viewed on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Android and yes, even the iPad).
  • I host our own showcase that promotes the property and the Broker.
  • I Host the Virtual Tour on my servers. (A tour generally consists of 150 plus megabytes of data).

I also photograph Vacation Rentals and desinations. Vacation homes compete against other rentals in the same area. Give a better presentation, get more customers.

http://www.propertytours.us/vacation-destinations/

I would be happy to visit an office meeting and better explain how I can help increase sales and maybe help develop an office continuity that would better reflect the Brokerage.

Bill Jones

(503) 550-7774