Rich Baum’s “Tips & Tricks for Real Estate Photography” Workshop May 13-14 2019

Education, Photography Workshops


Rich Baum’s

“Tips & Tricks for Real Estate Photography”

Workshops 2019

May 13-14    Auburn CA


You have watched Rich’s YouTube videos, now you can spend two full days with Rich Baum for a hands-on photography workshop learning all his tips and tricks & set you up for success in the real estate photography business.

The May 13-14 two day workshop will be held in beautiful and historic Auburn California.


Who is This Workshop For

This workshop is designed for the real estate photographer looking to build his or her “Bag of Tricks”. You will learn to shoot better, faster, and produce a more consistent product that will help take you to the next level & set your images apart from the competition.

Most of the techniques we will be working on will already be on the “Tips & Tricks” YouTube Channel so you can watch all the videos and catch up before attending your workshop.


What’s Included

  • Two full days of location photography & classroom editing instruction including a twilight shoot in a beautiful and unique home nestled in the Auburn Wine Country of Northern California.
  • Hands-on “one-on-one” instruction with Rich Baum and an assistant instructor.
  • Guest speaker
  • Access to new private video tutorials reviewing all the techniques needed to prepare for this workshop
  • Continental Breakfast Coffee / Snacks / Drinks / Lunch provided both days
  • Follow-up instructional opportunities


What to Bring 

  • Digital Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)
  • Wide angle lens (24mm or wider)
  • Tripod & Head
  • Wireless lights (1-2), trigger & light stand
  • Laptop computer with Lightroom & Photoshop
  • Positive “Can Do” Attitude


What You Will Learn

  • Choosing the right equipment that works best for real estate photography
  • How to use lighting / off camera flash to efficiently produce consistent results
  • How, why & when to use a Tilt Shift lens complete with Tilt Shift Demonstrations
  • Saving time shooting and editing while still producing high quality images
  • Composition, Camera Placement Tips & Tricks, Camera Height
  • Thinking about your editing as you shoot
  • Special Sauce & Presets
  • Remote tethering with Phone, Tablet or Laptop
  • Flambient / Compositing Techniques
  • Let the ambient exposure do the heavy lifting
  • Window Pull (Darken Mode)
  • Demystifying Twilight Photography
  • Sky replacements
  • Lighting big / long spaces
  • How to deal with color casts & avoid glare
  • Pole Photography 101, learn how to build and use a 16′ pole
  • Hands On Photo editing in Lightroom & Photoshop
  • Business Practices / Getting Business / Keeping Business
  • How to improve your branding and get it to work for you
  • Social Media
  • Website design
  • Portfolio creation


Cost & Details

  • $900 for 2 full days
  • 10 Attendees Max
  • 2 Instructors
  • Northern California / Sacramento Area
  • Within 50 mi. of Sacramento International Airport
  • Lodging, Shopping and Restaurants within 5 miles

Workshop Location

The location for the May 13-14 workshop will be in beautiful & historic Auburn CA which is 39 miles from Sacramento International Airport. Auburn is a convenient beautiful location with ample hotels, restaurants and shopping all within 5 miles of the workshop location. With Lake Tahoe only 90 miles to the East you might want to schedule an extra day to check out the sights, do a little gambling or hit the slopes for some world class skiing, and don’t forget San Francisco or Yosemite as they are all within a couple of hours drive

The home / location we will be using for this workshop is Stone House Mount Vernon, a “One of a kind” beautiful custom home that is the perfect environment for this workshop and will be a joy to photograph. As you can see from the images below Stone House will surly offer everyone many portfolio image opportunities.

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  • “At a Rich Baum workshop you will find, as I did, that he is informative, generous and the hands-on education stays with you. I look forward to continued workshops with him for the bottom line: My photography results improved dramatically”            Sharon O’Brien-Lykins  /


  • Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen because attending a workshop with Rich Baum will knock your socks off.   He is super informative and completely transparent in his practice and technique. I was pretty strong going into his work shop but walked out of it with a whole new approach and bag of tricks! Nothing quite like having an arsenal of knowledge taught to you by one of the best when you get into a tough photography situation”  Kristine Kohl  /


  • “I have been an avid follower of Rich’s YouTube videos, so when I heard that he was holding a workshop on real estate photography, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. Rich’s delivery style in person is very much like what you see in his videos. He is knowledgeable, thorough, patient, and clear in his delivery of the content. He uses real-world examples that are relevant to real estate photographers and brings his years of experience into the classroom. I highly recommend Rich’s workshops!”  Cheryl DeCristofaro /


  • Rich Baum is an excellent instructor and it was a pleasure to see him work in person. What I truly appreciated was that he teaches you how to maximize your time both on location and during the editing process. He is full of knowledge, patience and loves sharing his expertise of real estate photography. It was really a great experience”  Mary Powell /



To register or for more info CLICK HERE


Watch Our Promotional Video


About Rich Baum

Rich Baum is a California-based photographer with experience shooting a broad range of subjects including real estate, interior design and architecture. He has worked for national developers, residential and commercial real estate agents, builders and designers. Whether producing images for Fortune 500 companies, national developers, residential or commercial real estate agents, builders or designers, his core mission remains the same: To exquisitely capture the subject at hand while providing outstanding service and a truly enjoyable experience. Over the course of twenty-five years working with as a property master, set dresser and stylist on Hollywood movie sets, Rich developed a keen eye for detail, framing, and composition – skills that serve him well when he transitioned to professional photography more than a decade ago. In the past 3years, Rich has had a growing on-line presence including:


So if you have any questions about this workshop opportunity please feel free go give Rich a call @ 916-296-5778 or drop him an e mail:



Caymus Builders, Sonoma CA

Images By Northern California Based Interiors & Real Estate Photographer Rich Baum
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A sample of images from recent photo shoot for  Caymus Builders in Beautiful Sonoma CA.












Single Level Ranch – Fair Oaks, CA

Real Estate Photography
Images By Northern California Based Interiors & Real Estate Photographer Rich Baum
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Listing agent Tamara Sax Sogard with Lyon Real Estate Fair Oaks

El Dorado Hills Custom Home Listed @ $519k

Northern California Real Estate Photographer
Images By Northern California Based Interiors & Real Estate Photographer Rich Baum
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This Amazing home has it all!Located on a quiet cul de sac in The Prestigious Blackstone Community. Beautiful Finishes throughout w/Gourmet Kitchen inclusive of Granite Counter Tops & Stainless Appliances.Custom Tile Flooring &Two Toned Paint.Expansive Great Room w/Double Sided fireplace.Wrought Iron Stairwell.Generous Downstairs Office/Den.Luxurious Master Suite with Breathtaking Views.Large Pool Sized Backyard.Fabulous Community Amenities with Clubhouse, Pool & Work Out Facilities.Solar Too! Listed for $519,000 by Sonia Immers with Keller Williams.



Listed by Sonia Immers with Keller Williams

Blackstone Master Planned Community, El Dorado Hills CA

Pole Photography 101 or How to build a better Pole

Architecture, DIY, Do it yourself, Estate Photography, Gadgets, Interiors Photography, Landscape Photography, Northern California Interiors Photographer, Northern California Real Estate Photographer, Real Estate, Uncategorized

***  I now have a video on my YouTube Channel showing you How / Why and Where***

Pole Photography 101 or How to build a better Pole Video Tutorial

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So you might think this shot is a nice exterior but what you may not know, this was shot from 18 ft. up on a painters pole using what we refer to in the Real Estate Photography industry as a “PoleCam” shot…

As the front yard of this home was slopping down the only way to get the composition I wanted was to get the camera up really high, but even though my tripod of choice is a Manfrotto 3046 and goes up about 7 ft. I still needed to go up higher and this is how I got this extra height.

Over the past year so many photographers have asked me about how I built and what I used and how I ended up with the pole I did so I am finally doing this Blog Post for anyone that ever wanted to get into pole photography but didn’t know how.

I started out by surfing the web for the various components I would need to accommodate a height of over 15′ and found several options such as a Manfrotto 269HDB-3U Super High Camera Stand which would get my camera up 24’…

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 3.20.59 PMNow this sounds like a really great option until you check out the $650 price tag plus I have received first hand feedback that in practice this is not really the best option and it’s as expensive as Hell.

Then there was always the low budget option ( which I personally liked ) and started researching Painters Poles..  So I went to where every self respecting DIY photographer goes to, Home Depot and went directly to the paint Department and started looking at what they had..  I found many quality poles ranging in size such as 4′   4-8′   and then there was the 8-16′ pole that I knew would be just right… easy to fit in my Ford Fusion and still close the door and even have room for 4 in the car…  but then I started really checking out the different poles, extending, descending, how do they lock, are they stable and most important, would I feel safe with placing my $2,500 Nikon D700 and $2,000 25-70mm and $300 CamRanger up over 16’…

Now this is where my review will really come in handy as I took at least 6 trips to various stores looking at everything I could find and in the end I came to the conclusion that the Wooster 8ft. – 16ft. Sherlock Extention Pole at $36.97 was the perfect pole. And the main 2 reasons I decided on this pole was due to the following…  Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 3.37.24 PM

If you notice this pole is not round like the majority of poles I found, but rather it is 6 sided and when compared to all the round poles was far far more ridged and stable.. I knew this first hand as I extended every pole I could and shook them back and forth. The other feature I really liked was this pole had a unique button extension & locking system unlike all the others that had a screw lock, and at first examination I felt would be a better, easier and more secure design and in fact after well over 200 shots with this system I am confident I made the best decision as it’s always super easy to extend and takes no effort to lock or unlock.

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 3.42.47 PMSo now I had what I felt was the best pole solution but I needed a way to attach my camera safely to the end of this pole..  Again I started surfing the web and found all kinds of solutions  which led me to the company Pole Pixie  that specializes in this type of photography.. and I am confident was started by some guy like me just trying to build a better mouse trap. After checking out their site and looking at the price of their products I felt confident I could build something that would do the trick for a fraction of the cost.

So I went back to Home Depot to the PVC department and took along a short version of my pole to I could try out the fit of the PVC once I slid it on the pole.. I was amazed how perfectly the 1 1/4″ PVC fit , super snug with no worries of it falling off, cracking or breaking allowing my camera to fall.. I also found a PVC  threaded conduit that would allow me to screw on a metal end cap that I could fit with a 1/4″ bolt so as to eventually screw on some kind of head that would allow me to attach to attach my camera. Notice I spray painted the PVC to look a little more like metal but I am fine with my choice to go with a semi flexible / non rigid material other than metal but again the end cap is metal which I feel is very important to the overall strength of this product.

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And now on to one of the key components that after months of day to day use I have found to be the perfect solution to attaching my camera to a 16′ pole..   A ball head that came with my MeFoto BackPacker tripod complete with Arca Swiss compatible clamp… If you go back in my blog HERE you can find a post I did just about this tripod but have found this small ball head far more useful with my pole than as a silly little tripod head.. Only $139 for the whole tripod complete with this head so it was a great deal but you can use just about any head or camera clamp..

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And here is where I need to throw in yet another pitch for the CamRanger  Wireless Camera Control which completes the PoleCam as a realistic and practical tool for your kit. Honestly without this device I can’t really see using a camera on a pole. It allows you to get Liveview so you can compose your shots and it also allows you to not only adjust all your camera settings and trigger your camera remotely but also review your images without needing to raise and lower your pole several times to get the shot.. And with the purchase of the CamRanger you really need to get the Lifeproof ipad case so you can have hands free use while adjusting your investment on top of a 16 ft.  “Stick”


And last but not least you need one item to complete this package, you need a good light step stool so you can reach the the lever and raise / lower your pole.. I went with a $19 stool from Costco but you can use most anything you want..

And if you someday find you need even more height you can do what I did. For one important cover shot for Luxury Home Magazine I needed to get up even higher than 16′ and worked on a DIY solution which actually got my camera up to about 26′ by putting the pole inside an 8′ PVC tube and raising it up within this tube… I am certainly not recommending anyone try this but you can get an idea of what can be done when the necessity comes up.

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So take it from me, I don’t think there is any one single investment under $50 that will get you as much “Bang for your Buck” as a camera on a pole.. as it will really set your images apart from the competition. I have found it to be reliable, easy & quick to set up and so far very safe for what it is… and you can even do Twilight Shots like this if there is no wind, just position your car, place your pole against your side view mirror and attach a bungee cord to secure.. my camera was up there for about an hour while I got many exposures to blend.

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I now use my Polecam on almost every shoot I do.. and my clients love and request elevated shots most every time.. Be sure to be safe and always lower your pole with camera slowly and carefully…

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If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here or better yet, you can send me an e mail at