Few things I learned from my first RE video.

Before I started on this real estate video I watched many others online that were highly ranked or won some award.

First thing I noticed is that you really didn’t want to go over 3 minutes, you actually wanted to be around 2:30 minutes – you could really feel that when you watched them, I was at 3 minutes at first and kept cutting out parts of the song until I got to 2:44 which felt better to me.

Watch my other video at the condo.

The next thing I want to do was get the right blend of ‘around the town shots’ and the inside of the condo. Our family loves to rent houses and condos in the mountains so I have watched a lot of these and I always want to see the condo right away and not have to wait until the end. Most people that watch your video will have already looked at the photos and now they want more info so they hit your video after that, so I wanted to load up the first half of the video with the condo shots.

I think the use of a slider really gives it a professional feel but I didn’t want all slider shots because that smooth motion can’t take away from the excitement you want the viewer to feel, you want them to be excited to book it and not fall asleep with slider shots of an empty room.

I wanted to have people in the video as well but not show there faces, so the person watching the video can imagine themselves in the condo. My favorite shot in the video is when my daughter placed her bare foot on my wife’s foot. Families love to get up in the mountains for some family bonding and I think that one shot really sells that idea.

I love to have the person that I made the video for in the room so I can watch them watch it for the very first time. When the owner of the condo watched that one moment I thought I heard her say ‘ahhh’. Also when the fish jumped out of the water she asked “Where was that?”, I told her it was only a few hundred yards from the condo and then she said, “You shot that?” as if I bought it from some stock video site.

My 24-70 was nice because it was wide, but I would have rather had a 16-35mm to get even wider.

The time lapses in the video go by fast but wow they were the most time intensive to create.

And at the end I totally stole Philip Bloom’s idea of blowing out the candle at the end.

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  • Great! no one could say it’s your first one.
    Can I ask you something? the people that apear with faces like the baby, do you need model release or ask permision or something?

  • I think some steadicam/stabilizer shots inside the condo would have been nice. Gives the viewer a feeling of depth for the actual space in my opinion. Overall a nice video though.

  • Thanks everyone for the feedback.

    @Rob no release needed, I know the child.

    @Ben I should have gotten a couple of those shots you are right.

  • Dave, this is absolutely AWESOME. I loved it, in particular the footage of the little boy in the stroller watching the cyclist ride by. Again – great work!!!

  • Nice job on the video.

    I recently bought the Tokina 11-16. I read somewhere on a Philip Bloom post that on a Full Frame you can bring up to 16mm to get rid of the vignetting and you’d have an ultra wide for the full frame.

    I’m still learning and thanks for sharing your info and experiences.

  • Great job Dave! You really captured a nice feel of that place and the environment. Definitely makes me want to check that place out. I love your idea about keeping the people faceless to put the viewer in their shoes.

    Thanks for this.

  • Dave, I think all shots should be labeled. Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Bathroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Out the front window, etc. Outside shots should be labeled also. So and So Creek, 1 mile from condo, etc. Also I do not like the skipping around from living to something else and back to living room several times. Just my opinion.

  • Great Dave, congrats.
    I second those comments about getting more emotional shots (people activities) and also about labeling the rooms and environment.

  • Very educational. Can not thank enough.
    Dave about the time-lapses; I also use the same technique of exporting the video from lightroom. The problem is when I stitch them up in after effects or premiere I see a lot of moire in the shot while they are not there in the original exported file out of lightroom. Both files have the same resolution and bit-rate .
    What is interesting is that I tried a simple editing software on my Linux OS to stitch the same clips together and the moire does not appear in this case. In fact the result is quite good.
    I am sure I am making a silly mistake. I appreciate your (or your respected readers’) insights on this.

  • Dave, amazing job! I love the timed cuts to the music, it makes the video have a great feel! Also, how did you do all of the slow motion shots, could you make a video on your workflow/settings for them? Do you not mind that you only get 720p? I love the shot of the fish jumping through the waterfall and the cycle shots! Great job!

  • @Bill that is a neat idea, thanks.

    @Jim the slider is the one I have listed on my gear page.

    @Luke I will try to do a tutorial on slow motion at some point.

  • Very, very nice! I’ve been shooting & editing pro video for years and holding back getting a DSLR – I think this is going to make me pull the trigger! LOL! Great colors. The lighting looked very “natural,” not overly lit. Warm and inviting – homey (like it should be). Tell us a bit about that. The time lapse was terrific and well worth the time to use as backing for intro. Loved the wine in hand shot against window. Fish jump amazing, festival stuff, eateries, etc. would be big selling point to get me to rent there. I would have tried to slow mo the beautiful candle shot… Just because I didn’t want it to end. LOL! I’m betting this is going to get the owner rentals – keep us posted on the RESULTS! This all makes me want to go out an shoot something creative and beautiful! Really enjoyable video, Dave!

  • Dave, I just love your teaching style. I’ve been watching you and trying to think how to incorporate some patient teaching as I’m in medicine. Got my D800, but spending some time on learning the music part of video first. The music was mp3 level?, maybe could’ve benefitted from some compression to balance the soft and loud parts, and some Eq to take off some of the tinny sound and give a deeper sound. But all this depends on what kind of sound file you used. Please keep up the great work.

  • Ah I see, you had a choice between mp3 and WAV files. WAV files should be the way to go if you care about the sound…

  • Hi Dave,

    I love your how to and review videos. I wished you did more of them.

    I am looking for wide angle lens to use mostly on 5D MIII (I also have 7D). This lens will be used indoor (low light situations) as well as outdoor shooting. I am looking to get slider that you used as well as Glidecam 4000HD.

    What do you recommend? I looked at you gear page and you note Tokina. But on this video you used Tamron 24-70?


  • Dave, did you have any instances indoors with the slider, where you needed to have a shorter version? That has been one of my main barriers with selecting a slider, getting one that still works in tight places.

    Also, did you have a specific method for choosing where to put certain clips? Maybe like a rough storyboard of some sort?

  • Dave, I am a broker and enjoy making my own RE videos, and have to say, if they where half as good as your first one I would be super happy .
    Coincidently, it would be fantastic if you did a video tutorial on your time- laps work flow. I don’t know if you have LR 4 but I am sure there is way to export or to render out directly from LR 4. Saves going that extra step in PS or Quicktime pro
    I believe there is a LR plugging for LR for timelaps but of course one would need to buy the commercial license as selling or marketing a product http://lrtimelapse.com/
    Great job and you made this rental unit look like somewhere special

  • Hi Dave- i just got around to watching your video. It looked great!
    I know a few other people have commented on this but I’m gonna say it again.
    The Tokina 11-16 would open up a whole new world when shooting this type of work (interiors and time-lapse). You’ll notice right away how it really lets the shot breath.

    It will work on both your crop sensors like T2i, 60d & 7d at 11-16 and the full frame cameras like 5DMark2, 5DMark3 & 6D at 16mm with little to no vignetting .

    Also I am purchasing a Glidecam 4000HD today. Do you have an affiliate link for B&H on your site that I can buy thru?

    keep up the good work

  • @darrell thanks for asking, if you just click on any of my links on my gear page to B&H and buy something I will get credit for it.


  • Dave, I’ve been visiting your website, and watching your videos for awhile now, and I truly appreciate the way you share what you’ve learned, and giving credit where credit is due.

    The video is very good, and I love the time lapses, and shots from throughout the town.

    Similar to what Bill Sipperly wrote, I would have liked to have seen the bedrooms labeled, etc.

    Keep up the great work!!

  • It’s awesome!!!, flow in each image and show every facet of Colorado (I gess because never go there but now, I want to go), of course the client was happy with your work. Sorry for my English (completely out of practice). If you need some thing from Argentine don’t wait to ask.

  • Dave,

    Great job, looks really professional. The thing I would love to see you vlog about from this would be how to changed the music, cutting out 15 seconds without it sounding like you did anything to it. I have tried to do that in editors and have not made it work well.

  • While filming, it may help to have someone work as a set stylist looking for the details closely.
    Note Tony Reidsma’s comment about battery charger, and hide the table lamp’s electric cord at 6:22, etc…
    Sometimes we as photographers are so involved in the technical aspects we miss the fine details.

  • Great video! Nice blend of the condo, people moving within it, and the surrounding area – all make for a very inviting feeling. Great incorporation of moving from out of focus to in-focus as well, and I especially like the time lapses that show how weather and sun change throughout the day. It gives the viewer the impression they have experienced a sample of this area for a longer period of time than just in this video!

    One recommendation I can make (and it’s very small) would be to make sure that you don’t include too much before or after the slide. In one shot (across the foot of the bed), it seemed to hold a little bit too long in one place once the slide was complete. Keep that motion going, and cut to another clip before it has time to stop. This means, you may may even want to make your slides a little longer to ensure you’ve cut out static parts and still have enough of that clip to represent what you were intending to capture.

    Just my thoughts, loved the video. Keep up the good work!

  • Hey Dave long time viewer, the video looks great as usual, I’m actually starting to real estate videos myself and im running into the problem of have my windows being really bright and blown out. I noticed you didn’t seem to have that problem, did you do anything special to avoid this or just shoot after the sun went down? Thanks.

  • Hey Dave,

    Been following your for awhile now – Great stuff as usual – 1 am doing a lot of real estate video – I was just curious if you had any recommendations on lighting? I have been thinking of getting some lowel tota’s – But would love to get your take – Lighting looks great – Thanks for sharing

  • Dave – Thanks – I have been shooting a lot stuff just using available light and I need to make improvements.

    You probably have already seen or visited but you should check out Larry Lohrman’s site – photography for real estate – showcases some great real estate video and architectural photography – Thanks for everything you do

  • Loved it. My favorite shots-timelapses, fish jump, and the rack focus with the woman holding wine glass.

    Great mix of condo with city shots set an awesome mood.

    Suggestions-you should always open with a wide exterior on real estate. I want to see the exterior front of the property and it also sets up the rest of the piece. Maybe too much slider?

    Other than that-great work!

  • I stumbled across you last week when I was researching the purchase of my first DSLR. I have watched many of your videos. I just wanted to let you know that you are truly inspiring. I love your honesty and willingness to learn from others. Keep up the great work.

  • Time lapses are important to schedule properly. Sometimes you can get away with setting up the camera in position at the beginning of the day (or whatever the beginning of the shot will be) and go set up the rest of your environment when the camera’s rolling.

    Sliders can add some elegance to a property, but I agree that they can drag the energy of the piece way down. I guess it’s a stylistic choice that needs to be used judiciously.

    You’re kind of doing a different spin of the kind of thing my friend is doing with his real estate videos.

    I do recommend that you have a wide angle, even an adapter, because lighting for various rooms can be a timesuck.

  • Hi Dave – Very nice work. I’m doing more real estate videos and wonder how much to charge – I live with a real estate agent who reminds me that they’re notoriously cheap. You sure put in a lot of effort into your B roll.



  • Did you have the Tamron’s vibration reduction turned on for the slider shots? Or does it interfere with these?

    I’m wondering how they would come out on the Canon 16-35mm which doesn’t have this feature – or do you think probably no big deal?

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