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


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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:



Erin & Chris’s Engagement Shoot…

Engagement Photographer, Engagement Photography, Nature, Northern California Engagement Photographer, Northern California Wedding Photographer, Northern California Weddings, Portraits, Wedding Photography, Weddings

I was recently contacted by a newly engaged couple that was refereed to me by a past client to photograph their wedding in June.


Unfortunately as I was booked that date I let them know I was not available and after hearing of her disappointment we said our good byes. About a month later I got a call back from the bride to be asking if I could shoot their engagement photos.. and of course I said yes and we proceed to make plans.. I mean, how great is it that even after knowing she found another photographer for the wedding she still picked me to shoot her engagement photos.. What an honor..


It was so great to know that even though they found another photographer to shoot their wedding they still wanted me to photograph their engagement session. So we decided to set this photo session at one of my favorite spots in Sacramento, Sialor Bar which has so many great shooting locations and “Looks” all within a 5 minute walk.. From the raging American River, wonderful natural trails and for my newest favorite spot, a secluded nook by the water which happened to have wild Iris flowers in  full bloom providing a special backdrop to what was turning out to be a great time for everyone.


To end this Engagement shoot, with the help of Chris’s Dad we had their fully restored 1960’s El Camino to use as our backdrop… so I had them park this vintage beauty under an iconic Oak tree for some fun shots with this couple in love.


This was the perfect opportunity for me to put on my creative “Think Cap” and play around with some poses and to top it off we included a nice bottle of with for toasting their future new lives together.. the beginning of what will be a long journey together..


In the end I feel so lucky to spend such special time with this wonderful couple.. I truly wish I wasn’t booked for their wedding as I am confident it will be a wonderful and very special day..


Chateau Trails Estate

Architecture, Estate Photography, Interiors Photography, Landscape Photography, Linda McMillan Realty, Real Estate

A selection of images from my Real Estate Shoot for Northern California  “Lifestyle Realtor” Linda McMillan. Chateau Trails Estate is a 4,000 sq ft. 4 bedroom 4 bath & 4 car garage built in 1996 featuring 38 acres of horse property on a full 100 acre parcel in the beautifully wooded hills just above historic Coloma CA.


This property was originally listed at $2.9M and is now listed for $2.3M


This home took a total of 7 hours of photography and an additional 4 hours of editing. The majority of the images were shot using a variety of off camera strobes with triggers and some of the images were possible with the help of multiple exposures blended to produce an HDR.


The majority of the rooms and spaces were fairly strait forward in regards to composition and lighting but a few, such as the master bathroom were a real challenge leaving me wondering where to place the lights so there wouldn’t be reflections in the mirrors and shadows from the 5 lights needed to light the space.


The Master Bedroom and Bath were probably the most challenging spaces with very over exposed windows to deal with and so many reflection issues in the master bath. I always love problem solving and I had my hands full with these two rooms. I found myself looking around for places to hide my 4 lights that it took to properly lite the master bedroom and in the bathroom, well let’s just say, my work was in the toilet.


One feature I loved about this home was the “His and Her” offices, one off the main entry and one off the kitchen. Personally I think this would be a big part of my decision to spend over $2M on my next home..


The second and third bedrooms were wonderful additions to this home. Both had great views as did most every room in the entire estate. Of all the rooms they were by far the easiest & most strait forward to light and photograph and after tackling the master they felt like a breeze.


So it was surely a long day but with views like this I feel very fortunately I get to spend my day photographing a property such as this.


This was by far the biggest most involved Interiors shoot this year and the hardest and most time consuming. I think you will agree the final images were worth the time and effort.  As always I welcome your feedback, comments and questions..

Kids Care Dental Group – Design by Tami Teel

Architecture, Interiors Photography, Real Estate


As you may have noticed by now, I have been doing a lot of interiors photography for Tami Teel Designs   of Roseville CA.  I have photographed her residential work but lately I have been shooting her children’s dental offices, one being Kids Care Dental


First thing you will notice, this truly doesn’t look like any dental office we went to when we were growing up. Tami’s creativity is second to none and I am always pleasantly surprised with her attention to detail. It’s the little things that sets her work apart from other designers and there is always something fun and unique around every corner.


I am confident that when children first come into the waiting room they immediately notice the difference and will always have fond memories of the time they spent playing and will ultimately look forward to future checkups.


And even the examination rooms follow this fun theme with charming wall decorations and large stuffed animals for them to hug when they are in need of a little extra attention and love.



And as with all of Tami’s work, there are always some special and creative lighting fixtures adorning the walls and ceilings…


So, if your looking for a new dentist that will have your kids looking forward to their next checkup, be sure to check out Kids Care Dental  for a location near you, and check back here soon to see more examples of Tami Teel’s wonderful work…


HDR Photography, Nature, Uncategorized

Aaahhh, take a deep breath and smell the air.. the Yosemite Valley air…
With rain the first couple of days came the promise if inclement weather and not the awful beautiful blue sky’s I have had on my last two trips. The trips with not a cloud in the sky that make for such boring photos.


I met up with my good friend David and my 20 year old nephew Austin for 4 days of photography, camping and bonding… and we did all of that.


We arrived to the valley on Sunday as the crowds were heading out so we were not surrounded by millions of tourists and finding a camp site was easy. After setting up camp it was time to sit around the camp fire and make plans for the next couple of days.


We hit a few of the usual photographic sites such as the valley floor and the Tunnel View and got some great shots complete with heavenly clouds and fog lingering on the tree tops.. Simple magic.


We took a nice long hike down a river bed and got some fun shots of just about everything that was in front of us. Here is David looking down after getting some shots of me. Austin was playing around with my point and shoot as the camera I was going to let him use, my Nikon D300 took ill with a broken mirror but he still got some good shots and had lots of fun using the pano mode on the Lumix ZS20.


And here is Austin “Hamming it up” with some Japanese tourists who wanted to bring home a photo with a good looking American boy.

Here is David Barpal showing us how he really get’s into his work.

The vistas, colors, clouds, and fog made for a wonderful photographic opportunity. The views were to die for and I feel I came and got the shot I wanted… I look forward to printing many of the images and will remember these moments for a lifetime.


So long Yosemite, see you next time.


Rich Baum Guest Speaker @ PPSV

Architecture, HDR Photography, Nature, Real Estate, Wedding Photography

Last night I had the honor or speaking in front of my fellow professional photographers at the PPSV / Professional Photographers of the Sacramento Valley monthly meeting. This was a short presentation of HDR tips and technique.  My emphasis was on how HDR can be many things to many people. It’s not just a fun way to produce cool artistic images but it can be a powerful tool when dealing with very dynamic lighting situations and can often be the solution to a properly exposed image when the use of lighting and filters is impractical.
My talk only lasted about 30 minutes but the feedback was very positive and complimentary.In addition I was able to secure a 25% discount code for Photomatix for everyone who attended.