About Jim – I have been an active photographer since the early 1970s and a professional photographer for the last four decades. In the beginning years I primarily shot and processed B&W 35mm film on backpacking trips into the wilderness of Colorado and Utah. For the 40+ years while running my custom cabinet business, Doopoco Enterprises Fine Custom Cabinetry, I had used photography to document our work and create galleries of our projects for our website and magazine features.
I have wanted to offer expertise in architectural photography and my eye to bring the best forward in a room, to the real estate business. I had started to go in that direction a few years back but was too busy with the cabinet business. Now that I have retired from creating cabinets, I am now offering my services as a photographer to real estate agents here in SW Colorado. My intention is to make extraordinary images that bring the best out of the spaces that you are offering for sale.
My Current Photographic Process
I will use specialized tilt-shift lenses, that allow me to straighten lines in camera on my Fuji GFX medium format camera to capture spaces in a realistic vision. I have the ability to make the smallest of spaces feel expansive or focus in on details that you feel are important for the sale of the property. The gallery shows a variety of examples of both wider point of view images and feature images with a higher weight of feature images as this was the point of many of the photographs I took of our work. Interior architectural photography is one of the most challenging in the sense of balancing the light. I bring a combination of exposure bracketing and the high dynamic range of my camera to the editing process where I am very efficient at getting to a high quality product so that delivery of the images to you, is as fast as possible.
I am currently exploring the option to add “Flambient”, Flash – Ambient photography to the interior shots as this approach promises to make the post processing, especially correcting the white balance, more efficient. If I go this route it won’t have any impact on pricing.
My approach to “window pulls” is to use it if there is a benefit to showing the view out a window. If there isn’t, my feeling is that it can be a distraction to the viewer in seeing the room. I also do my best to make them realistic as there is always some level of diffusion when looking out a window. I see too many window pulls that are way over the top with high levels of saturation and contrast which is definitely a distraction. Saying this, you are my client and I will serve all your requests for any window pulls you’d like.
I am offering Matterport 3D tours to help your prospective buyers, especially out of town clients, walk through and get the feeling for a property.
I also offer drone photography and video. I am an FAA part 107 certified remote pilot and fly a Mavic Pro drone that produces high definition photographs and video.
Unrelated, in a sense, is my landscape photography. I say in a sense as I’m not capturing structure and spaces but one of the most important components of any photograph is the composition and knowing how to bring the viewer’s attention to the subject at hand without altering the view of the landscape. Through composition I attempt to invite the viewer to journey through an image and take in the most important elements while presenting an accurate rendering of the room.
I hope this introduces what I intend to bring to your listings and that you will browse and enjoy the content on this site. I would love to hear from you, and if you are interested in hiring me for one of your listings or have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you for your time!