In the last few months I've gotten several requests to write a list of tips for real estate agents for taking better photos with their SmartPhones. A good photographer with good technique can make a beautiful photo regardless of the camera/gear but interior photography has a couple of challenges that SmartPhones still have trouble with:
- Wide-angle shots are problematic: Notice I didn't say impossible. I know, there are clip on wide-angle lenses but these are all pretty bad quality compared to an inexpensive wide-angle zoom you can get for a DSLR. Of course this problem goes away if you get a SLR lens mount for your SmartPhone but I don't know what you do if you want to use a tripod.
- Triggering lights is a bit of a problem: Sure you can shoot brackets all right but I would argue that for acceptable quality with even with bracketed images you need at least one flash. I can't get my iPhone's built-in LED light to trigger any of my optical slave flashes. There's a KickStarter project for someone.
Scott Hargis has a post on his blog
that demonstrates an outside lighting situation where it's difficult to tell the difference between a shot taken with his iPhone 4s and his 5DMkII. I couldn't correctly pick which one was the iPhone! But once you get inside it's a different ballgame, you need to be able to control the light to get quality results.
Given the rate of improvement in smart phone camera technology I expect that some day soon these limiting issues may go away. But I'm not ready to write a list of tips for real estate agents on how to use their SmartPhones for real estate photography... yet.