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I see the 10-year challenge posts on Facebook right now and it has made me reflect back on my past ten years. Though people’s journeys can’t always be captured or comprised into two photos 10 years apart (ironic coming from a photographer I know).  In just the last four years I have gone from dude with a camera, to professional real estate photographer with a growing business.  In the first two years I worked with another photographer, as a contract photographer, a hired lens if you will. The experience helped me get more efficient, nail down a good workflow, but left little time to interact with homeowners or realtors. Shooting 4-7 houses a day made for a hectic fast paced schedule, that kept me very busy. Factor in drive time and editing, making for a 60-70 hour work week. The photographer I worked for based their business on volume, doing as many houses as possible, cheaper for as many realtors as they can.  I don’t disagree with that at all!  But I was getting burned out quick, working for someone else was great for my wallet, but bad for my own business and bad for my mental health. So, as I […]
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The goal of my blog posts is education…I want to help you learn what makes good real estate photography.  But, I also don’t want to take up your whole day reading my nerd-out about photography, techniques, and equipment. Today, in the golden age of the cell phone, we are essentially all photographers with a camera at our fingertips.  Even though there are so many photographs being taken, are those photos necessarily high quality?  Most of us are happy if our cell phone photos are in focus and we didn’t cut off our friend’s head in our selfies.  In my blog, I want to help you understand the massive differentiation between blurry cell phone photos and professional photography.  I want to cover some of the elements that make good photography great, as well as what makes it not so great.  You can then analyze the photography in your listings and find a professional that delivers a top quality product. So, to start, let’s talk a little about the basics of photography and why shooting interiors can be tricky.  I’ll try not to get too ‘tech nerdy’ about it also.  Essentially, real estate photographers’ job consist of these few things: Photograph a home or property to […]
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Today’s post illustrates the differences between photography seen on most listings and mine. To show these differences, I shot both in the same room, same daylight, same angle, with only a change in workflow. Photo 1 is pretty indicative of most photos you will see in a listing online. I shot this with an on-camera flash pointed behind to bounce off the wall/ceiling. This is most people’s go-to method. In order to get full exposure throughout the room, you meter the light in the darker part of the room to make sure you can see those dark parts. The results are the windows being washed out or ‘blown out’, creating a harsh glare that flattens all the details in the room. Look at the wall with the windows…it’s hard to see any details in the window frames. Composition-wise it creates large areas of negative space that dominate the shot and keeps the viewer from looking around the photo/room. Photo 2 is the same shot but slightly under exposed to enhance the details of the view and to cut down the glare from the windows. But you can also see that now other parts are very dark and details in other […]
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Hello and welcome!

by Scott· April 11, 2016· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
Welcome to Scott Wycoff Real Estate Photography.  I’m very passionate about what I do and I hope to convey that to my customers, to make you as knowledgeable about what makes good real estate photography and how that will help you.  Check back periodically for more discussion on real estate photography and learn what to look for in the photographer you hire.
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