Archive for the 'Photo Equipment' Category

How to Buy a Camera in 2018

February 19th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, there was a good article over at by Steve Dent that reviewed the current state of camera technology. Steve reviews the state of DSLRs vs. mirrorless vs. compact cameras, sensor technology, video features, and his top picks if you are thinking about buying a camera right now (early 2018). […]

How to Shoot Very Small Spaces with a Wide-Angle Lens

January 16th, 2018

??David in New York City says: I have to shoot some model apartments in NYC and they are extremely small. Wherever I put the camera, while still trying to get the whole room in the shot, whatever is close to the camera looks HUGE and the other things look tiny. Also, straight lines are curved or […]

Behind the Scenes at a Living Room Shoot with Rich Baum

January 12th, 2018

What Do You Think of the Seagate Personal Cloud?

January 2nd, 2018

Dave in California says: Every year I buy an external hard drive. This year I saw that Seagate has one that you can use as a cloud storage system by using an App. Do you know if this works and if other real estate photographers are using it? Looks like you can access your images anywhere […]

Choosing a Wide-Angle Lens for Shooting Real Estate Photography

January 1st, 2018

Sandy in Vermont asked: I am considering purchasing a lens for real estate and architectural photography. I am wondering if someone might be able to make a recommendation? I am considering a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. I was looking at a Sigma 14mm, but find it could be a disadvantage using a fixed focus lens; it […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Use Neutral Density and Polarizing Filters?

December 28th, 2017

Mark in Louisiana asks: Do real estate photographers use neutral density (ND) and polarizing filters? Yes, here’s how real estate photographers/videographers use these filters: Neutral density filters: Mostly used when shooting video to get the video frame rate where you want it. See this video tutorial for details. Polarizing filters: Used on exterior shots where […]

What Are These Mysterious Lights in the Sky over Seattle?

December 22nd, 2017

Note: This post has become a PFRE Christmas tradition. It has some good basic photography advice. Aaron Leitz and I both learned from this exercise! I put my Christmas header photo up on the blog recently. This header image has an interesting historical story that goes with it. PFRE blog readers have been trying to […]

What’s the Right Gear for Shooting Real Estate Video?

December 20th, 2017

Fer in Texas asks: I’ve been trying to find a post to know what would be a good lens for Real Estate video. I was wondering if you have some information for a person who wants to get the right equipment for video without breaking the bank. I currently use a Canon 80D and 10-18 […]

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?“