Archive for the 'Photo Equipment' Category

Wide-Angle Lenses for Real Estate Photography: How Wide Is Wide?

December 4th, 2017

This post was originally posted in December of 2007 and has consistently been the most popular post on the blog for every time period. I’ve talked to a lot of real estate photographers in the process of purchasing new DSLRs and have noticed that there is a misunderstanding about which lenses are appropriate for real […]

Choosing Gear to Get Started in Real Estate Photography for the Least Cost

November 30th, 2017

The underlying assumption here is that you want to get started in real estate photography with the lowest possible cost. First, some general principles: Don’t fool around with point-and-shoot (non-interchangeable lens) cameras: A primary gear driver in real estate photography is a good quality wide-angle lens and this means you need a DSLR/Mirrorless with an […]

What Is the Best Camera Flash Setup for Working Quickly?

October 31st, 2017

Last week I got two similar questions about which flashes to use for real estate photography. Shane said: I’m switching to the Scott Hargis style lighting for my real estate clients. I’ve shot interiors in the past using studio strobes and umbrellas etc. and will continue to do that when appropriate, but I want to know […]

What Camera Should I Buy for Real Estate Photography?

October 30th, 2017

Ally, who is getting started in real estate photography asked: I’m getting started in real estate photography and am looking to buy a camera. What camera would you recommend? I know it’s more about the lenses, but I definitely need a good camera too. You are right. In real estate photography, you will need a […]

Does a Full Frame Camera Improve the Quality of Your Real Estate Photography?

October 11th, 2017

I frequently get asked if it’s important to upgrade from a cropped sensor camera to one with a full frame sensor for shooting real estate photography. The video to the right, by Manny Ortiz, compares a Sony A9 full frame camera to a Sony A6500 cropped sensor camera. You can see that there is essentially no […]

Is There a Tripod Head That Will Work Great for both Stills and Video?

October 4th, 2017

Shawn asked: I’m looking for a tripod head that will work great for stills but will still pan well for video. Any suggestions? I am new to video but I am looking to do more. I plan on purchasing a video stabilizer for walkthrough video but some spaces work better with a simple pan. I […]

Traditional Cameras Are in Danger of Falling Behind Smartphones!

September 26th, 2017

Last week several things in the photographic media struck a chord with me: Tony and Chelsea Northrup’s Picture This Podcast comparing Smartphone features to traditional camera gear features. give the iPhone 8 Plus a 94. They started including Bokeh and Zoom features in Smartphone ratings. PetaPixel’s article, “Dear Canon, What Happened To Your Innovation?“

Wayne’s Capili Shows How He Travels Light Shooting Real Estate

September 10th, 2017

The post I did back in 2012 titled, “Choosing Gear to Get Started in Real Estate Photography for the Least Cost” has been one of the most popular posts on the PFRE blog for many years. I’ve updated it to reflect new wide-angle lenses but I realized that I need to update it to reflect […]

What Lenses Do Real Real Estate Photographers Use for Exterior Shots?

August 30th, 2017

Heather in Calgary, Alberta asks: I have a question about exterior real estate photography. I currently have a Nikon D3S and use a Nikkor 14-24mm lens. The issue I am running into is lens flare when shooting exteriors. You can’t put a filter on this lens because it is convex and the fixed lens hood […]

What Do Real Estate Photographers Use to Carry Gear?

August 10th, 2017

Tom in Maryland asks: I am still fairly knew to real estate photography, but I’m gaining experience and buying more gear. I am looking for a good way of carrying all of this gear with me to client locations. I’m using two camera backpacks right now, but there something a little better and more convenient?

PFRE Blog Recommended Real Estate Photography Gear

July 14th, 2017

Lisa in South Carolina asks: I am a real estate agent with no professional photography training. I like to take my own listing photos, and have been using a Nikon D40 with the 18-35 lens that came with it. For a while now, my camera has been leaving spots on my pictures, which take a […]

Why Are There No Lens Profiles for the Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift Lens?

July 13th, 2017

Ron in Texas says: I’ve recently fallen in love with my new Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens but to my chagrin, I see that Lightroom does not have a lens profile for it! Do you know how I can install one or get a custom profile? I’m using CC 2017. The reason you can’t find lens […]

Why You Can’t Use Auto Exposure Bracketing When Using a Flash

July 11th, 2017

Ron in Northern California says: I love your resource here. I have a Canon 5D MKIII with 600EX-RT speedlite and ST-E3-RT trigger. I’ve been shooting for a couple of months using brackets and Lightroom HDR. I had some color consistency issues and after reading some your posts on using a manual flash I added flash […]

Is Anyone Using the SL-360 StreakLight for Real Estate Photography?

July 4th, 2017

Steven in South Jersey asks: I am looking at a Flashpoint 360 and wondered if any other readers use one for real estate? I will soon be shooting with a Sony A7 Mark III and continue to use my Nikon with the latest SB flash can I get the nikon to function as a slave […]

How Can You Monitor Still Shoots While on Location?

June 30th, 2017

Hamish in Bristol, UK says: I’ve been shooting video with another photographer on site recently and noticed him using an iPad to monitor his shots via Bluetooth or Wifi or something. There was no physical connection. It also looked like he had some programme running that could add basic LR-style post-production automatically as each photo […]