January 8th, 2017
I’m Looking for a camera setup to take sharp interior house photos for construction defect and expert witness use. I basically shoot the notable points in detail and then generally, quickly shoot the entirety of the property. I’ll walk through and shoot 150 to 300 shots in an hour or two. Under houses, dusty environments, and in attics, as well. I am currently shooting a Fuji F900EXR. My biggest complaint is that the Fuji images are out of focus 10% of the time and the detail level is way below what I need due to low light graininess or underpowered camera mounted flash. These are not meticulously setup tripod cover photos, rather a way that I can go back through the property and revisit details photos for reports. The photo to the right is an example taken with my Fuji F900EXR.
Here’s your problem:
Your Fujii F900EXR has a built in flash which is VERY weak. In attics and crawl spaces you need a lot of light for the camera to focus and get sharp, well-lit images. Even when shooting standard interior spaces you need a more powerful flash than the one built into the Fujii.
This is why a fundamental requirement for shooting interior photos is a camera that can accommodate and trigger an external flash. You can’t do this with a camera like the Fuji F900EXR or a SmartPhone.
My recommended kit for real estate photographers is here. But since you are moving fast and documenting spaces and not concerned with even looking lighting here is what I would recommend for your use:
With this setup you can mount the flash on the Sony A6000 set it to TTL and the camera and the flash will automatically decide how much flash is needed for every situation whether you are in a dark attic or ordinary room. This isn’t the setup a real estate photographer would use but for documentation of spaces, I think you will find it fast and easy to use.