« on: February 22, 2013, 09:30:43 PM »
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Any suggestions for EU countries? We do not have Fred Miranda or craiglist over here.
Do what just about everyone else on the planet does...Google it. I just did a search with this in the search field:
craigslist alternative to in EU
Do it yourself. There's plenty to read.
Haha, well I hope you're not taking offense at anything I said, because that would be quite unfounded. I certainly never condoned doing a half ass job. My point, which you might have missed, is that RE photography doesn't quite belong in the Louvre. You seem like a fairly aggressive salesman with a relatively high opinion of your work, so I'm sure that helps you market yourself to a degree.The last time I was in the Louvre I saw mostly paintings - not so many photos. I agree that most RE photos will never make their way to a fine art gallery - but that is irrelevant. They are different genres and I honestly cannot understand fine art photography at all. That profession is more connections + drugs + self marketing and I'll never understand it. The important thing is RE photography is extremely difficult to get right. It is similar in difficulty to most other genres.
However, the key to your work, your leg up...is that you used your wife's connections...which is not a bad thing either.Not sure how this is relevant to the conversation. This discussion is not about how I obtain my business. It is about how I complete the jobs I have.
Another key, is that you live in probably the wealthiest place in the country, so it's not as hard to imagine being able to charge a lot of money to do your work.Not true and not relevant. I live near Seattle, which is above average but far from the wealthiest. There are numerous areas in California, New England, and the Atlantic coast that are higher. Several neighborhoods in S Florida are pricier than the worst here.
I think much of the commentary here is a bit overdone, and too critical towards the OP. The photos look more than satisfactory to me. In my area, there is no emphasis on quality real estate photo work done from the ground. The realtors just snap the shots themselves...even for $5 million homes. They don't consider photography to be worth anything, I guess. So they rely on the sex appeal of their agents, and that must work pretty well.
If you can actually get someone to pay you to do the photography, and you do a decent, honest job...and whoever is paying you is pleased, that's all that matters. Otherwise, you're raising real estate photography to some kind of high art form, and I'm not sure that's what it is. It's more a means to an end. The photos aren't seen by millions of people, as opposed to high fashion photography or other advertising photography (not that I do either of those myself). Just my two cents. I will grant you, if the property is a $20+ million mansion or something, then I guess I can understand all sorts of energy being expended on doing the actual photo work, and the critiquing of that work by the photo Da Vinci's of our time.
Now I´m going to make suggestions on lenses I have not used or just used once.
The 400 /5.6 is great if you can keep shutterspeeds up, and you can pump the ISO up quite a bit on a 5d mkIII. If you want a zoom, the sigma 120-300 /2.8 OS seems like a really nice lens. From looking at examples on the-digital-picture I got to the conclution that it takes extenders nicely and from 200mm and up it can compare with the 70-200 II /2.8 IS L. Up to 200 the L wins. On the other focal lengths I found the sigma equal or better. But that may be just me. The L is better in the bordes, the Sigma is quite sharp in the middle.
Then again, I don´t know if the sigma has some disadvantage in other areas that are important to you.
So, my suggestion, have a look at the 400 /5.6, the 120-300 /2.8 OS + 1.4x extender, and the 100-400. Personaly I am seriously considering the 120-300.
good luck. This is not easy.