Marilyn in Michigan, who is a Realtor's assistant who shoots listing photos asks the following:
What do your readers think of high-end cell phones for real estate photography?
I usually use a Canon 450D and a 70D with various lenses and then use Photoshop, Camera Raw, and HDR for the resulting 15-20 photos which I end up posting on the syndicated real estate website. It takes me quite a few hours in Photoshop to get the final effect that I want. I get a lot of compliments from other realtors, that they felt my photos were helpful, attractive, and accurate.
So it bothered me recently when my boss's son, who owns several apartment buildings, told her that it's possible to take beautiful photos with their cell phone and it only takes five minutes.
I don’t want my boss to think poorly of me. So far, she has been sympathetic when I tell her I need the extra time at home to work on the photos. I have explained to her that the HDR processing uses up computer time.
I feel that when I go into various properties with unknown and unpredictable lighting conditions, it is different from taking photos of your own properties. For example, I have gone into a large basement, where it was pitch black because the property had no electricity, and still got a good shot because I have a $500 flash.
Maybe my boss's son is right and for putting up listings, all anyone needs is a good cell phone, like the Google Pixel 2. On DP Review, it gets very good grades; especially for its HDR abilities. Should I just shoot real estate with a high-end cell phone?
This is a question that many Realtors are asking these days because cell phone cameras are getting better and better. I think Nathan Cool has the perfect answer which he explains in this video tutorial. Nathan's answer is, "Yes, you can use your cell phone to call a professional real estate photographer. That's the best way to get great photos with a cell phone."!
Seriously, when shooting real estate, there are several essential things you need to do to get great interior photos:
While smartphone cameras are getting closer and closer to having the ability to do these things, they are not designed for doing the above 3 things quickly and easily.
There may come a day when professionals will be able to shoot great real estate photos with a cell photo but in the end, the thing that matters most is what the photos look like; not what gear was used to create them.