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16 October 2018

Top 5 Beginner Camera Tips For Real Estate Photography

Starting off in real estate photography? Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help! This article will explore 5 practical tips for anyone starting off in real estate photography that will help speed up your workflow and improve image quality.

5: Tripod and a Flash

A solid tripod is your best friend. Shooting on a tripod removes movement in the shot which allows you to take a significantly clearer photo. Add a flash with a diffuser and every shot will be clear and sharp reducing the need to shoot more or revisit the property again.

4: Batteries

There is nothing worse than getting to a job and your battery goes dead. Even with fast charging and portable power banks you are still better off having 2-3 batteries in your bag so you’re never caught out. Get in the habit of charging them each night before leaving the office or going to bed. Eneloop is a great brand.

3: Camera bag

Having an easy access bag or pack stocked with all the daily necessities helps speed things up, stay organised and helps you keep track of equipment. Make sure you’ve included your spare batteries, microfibre cloth to clean your lens and if your budget allows it, your back up camera, lens and flash.

2: Camera Timer

Even with built in stabilization and using a tripod, camera shake can still be detected when taking a shot, so use the timer and set it between 3-5 seconds, this will make sure any slight camera shake has stopped after you’ve pressed the shutter button but before the shot is taken.

1: Wide angle lens

To get the most out of your image and show a rooms space, you’ll need a wide-angle lens. However, make sure you get the right one for your camera size. Not all wide-angle lenses produce the same image and do not get a fish eye lens for real estate photography.

1: For Full frame cameras, get a lens with the lowest focal range of at least 16-18mm.

2: For Crop Sensor cameras, you’ll need a 10-12mm which is equivalent to 16-18mm on a full frame.

16-18mm is the sweet spot allowing you to get most of the room in an image without severe lens distortion or making a room appear larger than it is.