How Many Real Estate Photographers Out There Use A Wacom Tablet?

September 17th, 2015

WacomTabletPeter in Canada asked the following question last week:

I’m a real estate photographer that shoots between 1-3 per day. I’m looking to get an editing tablet (like a Wacom Tablet). Do you have a suggestion?

I must admit, that I don’t own an editing tablet of any kind. I have heard from sources that I trust that if you are going to use a tablet for editing that Wacom is the best.

My recommendation would be to get the $99.95 one (8.2″ x 6.7″) to make sure that it’s something that will work for you before you go for the bigger ones.

How many real estate photographers out there use a Wacom Tablet?

Update 9/19: I’ve been so impressed by all the feedback from Wacom tablet users that I bought one. I bought the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Medium Tablet and it’s arriving tomorrow. I didn’t even follow my own advice, I got the medium sized Pro model. I’ve been a Photoshop user since the early 1990s and somehow I’ve never used a Wacom tablet… I’ll let you know how things go.

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16 Responses to “How Many Real Estate Photographers Out There Use A Wacom Tablet?”

  • I have a large and a medium and I love them!

  • I use one but mainly for portraits or fine detailed editing. I am quick with a mouse though with my RE editing. I have to try to be quick, but good quality, so I can get to bed by 2 AM! They are great for fine details, but I really don’t see a need for them in RE edits.

  • I use the Intous Pro small and would be hard to go back to another input device.

  • I’ve been using them for 15 years. My Intous 3 is 10 years old and still going strong.

  • I use a pro (medium I think), indispensable for most editing! I started with the cheapest version years ago, but it’s really not much better than a mouse (though more ergonomic) – you need the pro, more precise version.
    Go play with one in a shop first perhaps.

  • I’ve been using the small Intuos Pro for about a year and it’s completely changed my workflow – I’m now more efficient and my finished product is more polished! I recommend checking out the tutorials on about using and setting up them up!

  • Hi, I made the move to a Wacom Intuos 4 Small a few years ago and have never looked back. A brilliant piece of kit.

    For best use, you can set a quarter of the tablet screen to represent the whole of your monitor screen; this means you can very quickly navigate across your monitor with little hand movement. Go buy one today!

  • Wacom Medium… Indispensable!

  • Yep, I use one, too (Intuos Pen Small)! Indispensable, in my opinion, especially if you do any portrait work, including weddings.

  • High end Professional retouchers all use thm if that tells you anything. I think most re photographers who hand blend probably brush images together while changing opacity of their brush. It is much much smoother however to brush using a low flow and 100 percent opacity and the tablets allow this.

  • Essential, IMO. Still using the Intous3 and love the ability to easily increase or decrease brush size on the fly, with the touch strip. If you want to save big, there is a used one for sale on Amazon for $82!! Medium 6×8 is my preference. Just type in “wacom intuos3 6×8” and it should be the first listing. It takes a minute to get used to, but I promise… You will never go back! Good Luck!

  • I agree with everyone else there is no other way to go. Otherwise it would be like drawing or selecting or shaping with a potato in your hand. Wacom tablet user for 10 years.

  • Wow! All this feedback it impressive! I just purchased a Wacom Intuos medium… I need to see what I’ve been missing out on.

  • I have a wacom but I only use it for certain things, mostly unrelated to photo editing – illustrator & design work primarily. Sometimes if I have a lot of brush work to do on an image, I’ll use the tablet. But for the most part I find the mouse/keyboard to be adequate and quick for the bulk of the editing. It is really useful for illustrating though, when you need pen pressure and tilt control.

  • I have an entry level, $99 version I’ve been playing with that I think I should replace with the professional model before i make the transition. I’ve heard nothing but glowing recommendations for using a tablet. Now i just have to figure out how to get one here. I understand it takes getting used to after mousing habit but is a lot more efficient and better for hand and arm health when doing a lot of editing. Which is mostly what i do now.

  • Just purchased one a week ago. Some good tutorials on how to set it up can be seen at:
    He recommends getting a small by the way.
    My initial feedback is that these are very difficult to get used to! Only using it for the brush tool at the moment, still too awkward to use for anything else but hoping this changes over time.

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