- What needs to be done to be ready for you to take the photos?
- Are you licensed and insured like agents, inspectors, and appraisers?
- What is HDR photography? What's the difference between HD and HDR?
- Can you deliver images the same day as the shoot?
- How many images are delivered?
- Will my pets be a problem?
- Do you retouch images?
- Do you only work for realtors, or can home owners hire you as well?
- Do you help with staging, or do you just photographed things the way they are?
- Do you offer walk-thru video tours?
- I see you're a UCAR member. Are you a realtor?
- Do you have a photography studio?
The Tennessee Photo Company LLC is fully insured in the case something accidentally was to happen while at a client's home. Feel free to request a certificate of coverage if need be. We are also a member of the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors.
The photography industry does not provide licenses, but does have other means of identifying professionals that meet or exceed certain standards. Professional Photographers of America has managed that standard for the photographic industry for many years and awards a Certified Professional Photographer certification to photographers that pass their written test and portfolio review. PPA and the Certification Committee follow standards for certification which are established by the national Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Brandon Malone gained his certification in 2009. If you’d like to know more about PPA’s certifications, please visit their website.
HD (High Definition) is TV. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is the capture of a wider range of image information thru multiple exposures that are then merged together to create one final image that has greater detail in the highlight and shadow areas of an image that could not be otherwise captured in a single image.
Due to the time required for downloading max resolution camera raw files, and then prepping and running them thru HDR processing software, it is not possible normally to deliver images the same day. The only exception would be if work load was very low for the day. Otherwise images are generally delivered the next day. If there's an emergency circumstance, let me know and I'll do what I can to process a select few images only first before all the rest for the day in order to accomodate.
We never created any set amounts. Instead we simply capture what needs to be captured. But depending on the property it could be anywhere from 20-60 images. You use what you want and discard the rest.
It is recommended to remove (or hide) anything pet related from the pictures, which would include the pets themselves. The problem for pictures with pets is because of the multiple slow exposures. Anything that moves during any one or more of those images will cause ghostly looks. So this not only includes animals, but things outside like fans and flags and chims and such.
Any retouching that is done is generally cosmetic, such as dirty mirrors, dirty walls, picture hangers on walls, etc. Not all retouching is easily done and may be looked over for the sake of time.
I work for whomever hires me, whether it's a realtor or a home owner or a business owner. There are up and down sides for a home owner to hire the photographer instead of the realtor. The upside is that if the home owner should decide things aren't working out with their realtor, then they can pass the photos along to the next realtor without having to have the home reshot. But at the otherhand, you would be spending the money for pictures instead of the realtor. Either way it's a small investment if it means helping sell your home.
It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure the property is ready for pictures. But I know that it's not always obvsious to everyone what needs to be hidden and what doesn't, so I will move stuff periodically. But if a home is just jam packed with stuff, then it will be shot as is.
We explored that option and tested equipment and concluded that it is not something we can offer at this time. Hopefully in the future. For now, we have found that for interior imagery that still images are the most effective and efficient product investment for marketing purposes in our area. There is not enough interest or marketing money at this time in our market area to justify the added investment for our business.
No, I'm not a realtor. I'm strictly a photography service provider. I joined UCAR in order to gain both additional creditability and access to electronic lock boxes (ELBs). This is out of convenience so that agents and assistants do not have to make special arrangements simply to let us in to a home.