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Where Can You Find Slik SDV-20 Tripods to Use as Lightstands?

April 18th, 2017

My old friend George in LA asks: In his Lighting Interiors book, Scott Hargis advocates using Slik SDV-20 tripods for holding the flash guns, but they do not make them anymore. What is a replacement that you guys recommend?

What Are the Best Alternatives for 3D/VR Platforms for Real Estate?

March 30th, 2017

Peter in Calgary asked the following question: I’ve looking at Planitar iGuide and Matterport. I would love to hear yours and the groups’ thoughts on one vs. the other. Since iGuide doesn’t have pricing on their website, I have emailed Planitar regarding their pricing. Their camera is doubled that of Matterport. I am not a […]

Is There a Cheaper Alternative for WiFi DSLR Tethering than CamRanger?

March 29th, 2017

Jean-Louis asks: I am thinking of getting a WiFi tether and can’t make up my mind between CamRanger ($300) and Case Air ($150). Obviously, Case Air makes more sense economically. I know they are pretty similar in performance; I am wondering about their APP. Which one is the best? I will use it when I […]

Crop Sensors vs Full Frame: Crop or Crap?

March 27th, 2017

I frequently get questions about whether real estate photographers should use full frame or APS-C cropped sensors and if Full Frame is better for real estate photography. For those faced with this decision, check out this entertaining video by Zack Arias on the subject.

What Flash Should I Replace My SB-800 With?

March 2nd, 2017

Chip in NH says: My SB-800 is dying. Intermittent flashing and I’ve been told since it’s discontinued, it can’t be fixed. I’ve read many many entries on your site to see if I can get a replacement, but I’m hopelessly technically lost. I have a D7100 that’s about 4 or 5 years old and doing […]

Can a Real Estate Photographer Get by with just a 24mm Tilt-shift Lens?

January 31st, 2017

Tom on the Big Island asks: I’m new to real estate photography. For now, I am doing condos/homes in the $250K to $500K range with $500K being the low end of our price range for homes on the Kona side. I am not ready for the higher end homes although I have shot one condo […]

Recommended Gear To Get Started In Real Estate Photography

January 25th, 2017

As a follow up to some of the input I got on my post about what readers would like to see me change on the blog, I’m updating my page where I recommend gear for people getting started in real estate photography. The new page is here. The suggestion was that rather than recommending just […]

Will the Latest Gear Improve Your Real Estate Photography?

January 13th, 2017

Diana recently asked me if she needed to upgrade to the new Canon 5DMark IV or the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 III: I was wondering if there was any benefit to the different Canon EF 16-35mm Lens. I use the f/4L now, but I was just wondering if there was any benefit in upgrading to the 2.8L […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Carry a Tablet Around?

January 5th, 2017

Daniel in Ohio asks: Any suggestions for carrying a tablet around? A lot of photographers, including me, use the cam ranger, and it can be a pain to always have it under my arm (the most convenient spot to carry it for me). I use a Samsung Tab A, but maybe you have some good […]

Wayne Capili’s Presentation On Getting Started In Real Estate Photography

December 30th, 2016

Last week on Christmas eve Wayne Capili posted this little Spark presentation on Facebook about getting started in real estate photography. While I’ve done posts about Wayne’s real estate gear before I think this little presentation is important because:

Is It Possible To Get By Shooting Real Estate With A 24mm Lens?

November 24th, 2016

Vickie in TN asks: I am struggling with choosing a suitable wide-angle lens to use with my Nikon D4.  Being new to real estate photography, I hesitate to purchase the best/most expensive just yet.  However, I am not confident that I can get by with my 24mm.  When I browse real estate listings, I see […]

What Would You Recommend As A Real Estate Photography Camera?

November 21st, 2016

Curt in WA asks: I have been doing real estate photography for 2 years after 13 years of portraits. Quick question- I have a 5D MkI. For my next camera, would you recommend mirrorless? Yes absolutely in the last year my top recommendation for real estate photographers just getting started is the following:

Does It Make Any Sense To Use UV Filters On Your DSLR?

November 18th, 2016

Bruce in MN asked about UV filters. He says: I just bought a Nikkor PC-E 24mm lens and I was wondering which filter is best, a B+W 77mm XS-Pro Clear MRC-Nano or a B+W 77mm XS-Pro UVHaze MRC-Nano 010M Filter? Obviously, the UV Haze would be better for exterior photography, but when it comes to […]

Hooked On The Idea Of Mirrorless For Real Estate Photography

November 11th, 2016

Logan asked: I got hooked on the idea of a mirrorless camera after reading about the A6000. I also think the Fuji XT10 would be a great option. The problem is that I have a very small budget. I’ve done real estate photography in the past (with company equipment) but right now I’m doing more […]

What’s A Good Backup Body For A Nikon D750?

November 4th, 2016

Tod wants to know what a good backup body would be for his Nikon D750: I have a Nikon D750 that I use for most of my work and I’m looking to pick up a second body for my detail and other misc shots.  I have the 50mm 1.8, 18-35mm and the 70-300mm. My question […]