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How Do I Use a Tilt-Shift Lens?

June 28th, 2017

Ashley in SC says: My wife and I started in real estate photography about a year ago and love it! We have purchased and are using a 17mm and 24mm Canon Tilt Shift lenses. I would like to know if there is any book or video that can teach us more about the use of […]

What Are the Best Rechargeable AA Batteries?

June 21st, 2017

Ray in NC asks: Is there a consensus of what the best AA rechargeable batteries are? How about rechargeable batteries for a Canon 6D? First of all, if there’s anything I’ve learned from doing the PFRE blog for 12 years is that there is not a consensus on anything, only opinions. That said, here is […]

How Many Real Estate Photographers Use a Wacom Tablet?

June 20th, 2017

Sharon in LA asked: I’m wondering how many people use a tablet to edit real estate images vs. a mouse.  I am thinking of Wacom medium tablet and would love some feedback from readers. A reader asked this same question about two years ago. At the time I didn’t use a Wacom tablet. I was […]

Nikon Just Announced a 10-20mm Lens for DX Sensor DSLRs

June 6th, 2017

Just a few days ago, Nikon announced a new lens that is worth the attention of real estate photographers because this is an ideal lens for real estate photography. This focal length has been missing from Nikon’s lens lineup. As a result, real estate photographers tend to use the Sigma 10-20mm on Nikon DX DSLRs when […]

What Is the Best Wide Angle Zoom Lens for a Canon Full Frame DSLR?

May 29th, 2017

Charlie in Scottsdale asks: I am upgrading from a Canon 70D with a 10-22 mm lens to a Canon 5D Mark IV. My question to you is which lens you would recommend if money were not an issue? I’ve read that the 16-35mm F4 L is much better than the 17-40 mm, but is there […]

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: