Gear for Getting Started in Real Estate Photography – by Rich Baum

December 29th, 2017

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  • Very well done. I have a Nikon D5100 that I am just starting to us for my photos

  • Hi,

    Just watched this for the first time.

    What a lot of great information for newbies like us.

    Thank You.

    Will now go looking for your other videos.


  • I was wondering how rich tethered his Sony 6000 cam, to his Ipad??, can one help?

  • @Farag – Rich says he uses the Sony Remote App to connect his iPad to his Sony A6000… He is diving in Australia and will tell us more when he gets back to civilization.

  • Hi Larry,
    Cam Ranger only supports Canon and Nikon cameras according to their website. Maybe Rich was using Tether Tools??
    I am still hoping Cam Ranger will expand into mirrorless camera lines like Sony and Fuji. The Fuji Wireless app may be great for enthusiasts with a lot of patience but it is useless for professional applications. The Fuji X-T2 is excellent for architectural and real estate photography and would be even better if someone would come up with a great wireless app like Cam Ranger for this brand as well as Sony.
    Wishing everyone a Happt & Prosperous New Year!

  • Sony has their own app that is supposed to be pretty good so it’s a toss up on whether it’s worth CamRanger’s time to create an interface for it or not.

    The basic gear is pretty well covered by Rich and here in the gear section. What doesn’t get covered much is all of the little bit and bobs that solve many of the problems that crop up often enough to be worth carrying around.

    Gaffers – The real stuff at around $20/roll. It’s made to not leave residue on most surfaces when it’s removed and comes in matte black cloth substrate that is easier to work with than duct tape.
    Double sided – Useful when a rug is curling up and it’s too ugly underneath to remove it from the room. Also good for cabinet doors that won’t stay closed.
    Electrical – The battery doors on my Yongnuo RF-603 remotes won’t stay latched anymore. A bit of toilet paper and e-tape equals bandage. Random repairs.
    Painters blue tape: Another low/no residue temporary tape.

    Works like double stick tape on drawers and cabinet drawers that won’t stay shut and is easier to remove.
    Used behind a picture, it can help angle the glass away when putting a wad of toilet paper would show.

    Door stops:
    Sometimes doors just don’t want to stay. Get several. They’re cheap and I’ve had to stack some on occasion when doors have been trimmed for carpet and there is a lower wood floor.
    I also use them to prop open garage to house doors when I’m moving gear in and out since they often have automatic closers.

    Coat hanger:
    If I am using my collapsable reflector, I can often use some wire to form a hook to hang it on something.
    Floral wire works really well too and can be easier to work with.
    It can also be used to wire a door open. Coiled up a little and it can prop open a medicine chest a fraction of an inch.

    Clothes pins
    Pony clamps
    small spring clamps

    Some white and black cloth pieces are perfect for impromptu lighting modifiers.
    A piece of white cloth clothes pinned to red drapes can kill a lot of contamination and create a bounce surface.
    Black is good to block light or kill reflections in an appliance.

    Plastic bags:
    Rain cover for the camera.

    Toilet paper:
    Good for wedging things
    If you are in a vacant home with none available, it can come in handy. Check to make sure the water is on first.

    Flashlight, Leatherman, Rocket blower, lens cloth(es), paper towels

    Add seasonings to taste. Much of this stuff can live in a box that stays in the car, but I’ve found all of them very useful on several occasions. You can get by without any of these things, but it’s about being ready to put that extra effort into your work. You may show up for an appointment and find a home that is nothing but portfolio images and want to massage every little detail. You may be shooting the first job for a new client and want to wow them so they call you again and again.

  • Great list, Ken. Door stops are invaluable!

    I pack a small bottle of windex for vacant or staged houses with smudges on bathroom mirrors or shower doors.

  • I keep much of what Ken added above also. In addition, I have a decal scraper (for window labels left on by builders) and a bottle of Off! bug repellant for twilight shoots.

    Having the TP and making sure the water is on is an invaluable tip.

  • Thanks, Ken. Picked up some good tips here, and a few items for my shopping list.

  • For me, I keep a square bag of goodies in the car but all I bring inside is the camera, tripod, and my studio flash with lantern softbox attached!

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