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Winter 2015 eNewsletter - Why Lighting Matters and Drones Update

February 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Tips & Tricks Winter 2015

"Why Light Matters" and "Drones"


Why Lighting Matters: Lumens, Color, CRI and Longevity

Do you ever wonder why, when walking through a home, the lighting in a home looks off? Maybe if feels like there should be more lights or the lights are too bright, maybe the walls look too yellow?

Domaine Home uncovers some of the mystery so you can find the best lighting for each room. They talk about fixtures and what all those numbers and terms you see on the packaging really mean. Read the full article here...


Why Lighting Matters: Time of Day

We all want that picture perfect lead photo for MLS. One of the questions I ask an agent when we schedule our photo shoot is what time of day is best for the house. We would prefer the sun hitting the front, if that's what we're premiering, so we need to know when that is. When your discussing the photo shoot with the sellers, it's a good time to gather that information, along with letting them know what they can expect that day and how they can help prepare. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that not every house photographs well with bright sunshine. Sometimes an overcast day is preferable. If there are very large trees next to the house casting strong shadows, sometimes it's best to avoid the harsh sunshine. We see especially strong sunlight in early-mid spring and mid-late fall. 

Time of year is another factor. During the winter months, our days are shorter so we need to be mindful of when we have the best lighting. I keep a close eye on the daylight and weather so when we discuss our session, I'll know a suitable time. 

These are some of the lighting factors that I'm always thinking about when photographing properties. The others include the ambient light and my own lighting and camera/lens capabilities. All of these lighting considerations help me capture rooms in a favorably manner. 

If you have any questions about lighting, please give me a shout! I'm happy to answer them. 


Did you know those little helicopters in the sky are illegal to use commercially?

Some agents use them. Some photographers use them. Unfortunately, they aren't legal for commercial use. 

I was asked by a couple of real estate people at a recent gathering if I use one. The answer is not until the FAA has the rules finalized and there are laws in place. As of right now, it is against the law to use a drone for commercial purposes and there are hefty fines for those who get caught. I have no desire to take any chances nor have the agents I work with or their sellers caught in the mix of fines and lawsuits. 

Recent article from NAR stating, "The National Association of REALTORS® has instructed its members to not use drones nor hire photographers or videographers who use drones for capturing aerial images of listings until the FAA issues its final guidelines. Those who continue to use drones may be fined by the FAA."  
Read the full article here:…/faa-drone-rules-delayed-2017

As of right now- there is ONE real estate agent in the country who has permission. He must have specific certificates in order to fly one commercially. There are only 13 companies in the US that are legally allowed to use them commercially.…/faa-allows-first-real-estate-compa…/

I'm following this issue very closely. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. In the meantime, we have other options for aerials including helicopters/planes and high poles.


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