eBook: Real Estate Photography – Tips & tricks for great photos on low budget

My first eBook! It’s out and you can get it on Amazon! I’m super excited about it and I absolutely loved making it!

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This book is meant for anybody who needs photos of properties and would like to work with a small budget. It’s for real estate agents, brokers, rental property owners, bed & breakfast and small hotel owners, as well as for anybody else who needs good quality photos to promote their house, apartment or any other property. It’s specifically meant for anybody who doesn’t want to hire a professional photographer or can’t afford to, but would still like to get the best possible results. These tips and tricks will help guide you through basics you should be aware of when taking photos of any real estate properties. The focus here is on amateur photography and on using smartphones as the photographic equipment, but you might learn something new even if you’re using an advanced camera.

Who should read this book?
Are you usually walking around with a simple digital camera or only with your smartphone to take photos? This book is for anybody who needs photos of properties and would like to work with a small budget. It’s for real estate agents, brokers, rental property owners, bed & breakfast and small hotel owners, as well as for anybody else who needs good quality photos to promote their house, apartment or any other property. It’s specifically meant for anybody who doesn’t want to hire a professional photographer or can’t afford to, but would still like to get the best possible results.

Who is this book not for?
If you want to learn how to be a professional real estate photographer, this might not be the book for you. By reading these pages, you will not learn about specific camera settings, how to make walking tours, complicated panoramas, advanced HDR photos or use drones for aerial shots. Also, if you would like to learn how to sell or rent properties, this book may not be the best choice. However, it will teach you how to make better photos that will help you with that.

What will you learn?
By reading this book, you will learn some tips and tricks you can use with any equipment you’re using to take photos, from professional cameras to your smartphone. I’ll guide you through basic steps on how to prepare the area for the photoshoot, how to capture the place from the best angle, we’ll take a look at the common mistakes people do and how to fix them, and you will acquire some basic photo editing knowledge to make your photos pop out even more. No prior photography knowledge or skills are required.

Purpose of the book
During my career, I’ve noticed that many companies simply don’t have the budget to hire a professional photographer or know how to use expensive photography equipment. Many brokers and property owners take photos by themselves, using only their smartphone. But having a low budget doesn’t mean the photos will automatically be bad. With just a little bit of the appropriate knowledge, you can make excellent photos that will be of great help with your marketing. The purpose of this book is to teach you exactly that.

About the author
My father used to have his own real estate agency, so I somehow grew up with this business. Since an early age, I was in love with buildings in general and I knew I wanted my career to go somewhere in that direction, to be surrounded by architecture. I decided to study Digital Arts, with my main focus on photography and video classes. That’s where my professors noticed that most of my art had some architectural elements included. Passion for architectural photography led me to a few smaller projects in the real estate business and allowed me to work with some architects and brokers. All this led to the creation of this book.

Are you super excited to check it out? You can get it here.

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Start-Up weekend Ljubljana, 4. – 6. april 2014

Few weeks ago I came across an information about Start-Up weekend in Ljubljana and it got me quite interested. It seemed like a great idea and opportunity to meet new people, work on some projects, gain new experience and knowledge. Since I don’t have any background in economics, business plan writing and such things, I was sure this was something I have to attend. And so I did.

On Friday afternoon we had a short introduction to the event and after that people with cool ideas presented their visions, innovations and ideas in general. Mine kind of didn’t fit in this context, so I didn’t represent it. After that it was our job to vote for the ones we thought are the best and we picked I think 13 of them. I picked the one named “Safe bike”.

So our group was made out of 11 members (8 women and only 3 guys – interesting, since it was about bicycles…). =D Well anyway, we were working on a security for bikes in city of Ljubljana. We were surprised how people reacted to this idea – they shared our web poll, in a bit over 24 hours about 200 people filled it, over night we got about 40 likes on our Facebook fan page and we talked to some people in person and more or less all of them supported us and many even wanted to help us in future! So hey, obviously everybody is having trouble with bike safety in Ljubljana.
On Sunday we even went to Kongresni trg in centre of Ljubljana and we washed bikes and kept them safe for few hours (free of charge of course). People were so excited about the idea! And we were surprised that we got our first “clients” in first half of hour! So it seems our idea really is something worth working on in future!

I am soooooo happy I went to this event. It was such a great experience, I met many awesome people, got so many ideas and knowledge, so I am sure this will all help me with my career in future. I am grateful for every working minute of this weekend – and hey, I even sacrificed my birthday for this! =D But still, totally worth it! =D

At the end our team didn’t win the whole Start-Up weekend event, but we did get positive feedback so we are still motivated and willing to work on this project. But first we need to have some rest, because it was a tough working weekend for us. But it seems like we are all still inspired and motivated to continue this, so if you think you could help us somehow, we would appreciate any help or advice we can get. =)

For now, here is a short video clip from our Sunday pop-up project (we used it as part of presentation of our project), and some photos from the whole event. =)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opyIm_CieJY