The real estate photography gear that you carry will vary. As you progress – through experience – you will change what equipment you use. When you start out you may have minimal equipment. However you may add new gear as you learn about new techniques or start offering different services.
Below are some pieces of real estate photography gear that you may find useful as a beginner just starting your business. Or perhaps you are running an established company that may spark an idea when browsing the following list that can make every day tasks more efficient.
Camera & Lens
For someone just starting out, this Canon combination is a great option.
This camera has Auto Exposure Bracketing (+-2 stops, 3 frames) which should be sufficient for HDR. The swivel LCD comes in handy when the camera is backed up into a tight space.
Canon 10-22mm Lens
Having a focal range of 12mm to play with, you should be able to get all necessary real estate shots using this lens.
Want to go fancier, or better yet, get a second camera so you have a backup? Consider choosing the below Canon combination!
Canon 5D Mark IV
Full frame instead of cropped sensor. Known for its great video recording capabilities if you are looking to add on to your offered services.
Canon 17-40mm Lens
Like the 10-22mm, this lens has a great focal range that will allow you to get the necessary shots when shooting real estate. This however is the L-Series, great for Canon full-frame bodies.
Don’t get stuck on a specific brand. Prefer Nikon or Sony? No problem! Find a comparable body/lens combination that works great for you!
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB Compact Flash Memory Card
64GB is plenty for a few day’s worth of shooting real estate. You’ll likely empty it every night for editing so you could start fresh every morning.
SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC Card
Make sure you know whether your camera body utilizes SD or CF cards. CF can be faster and have noticeably quicker operation during shooting.
64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro Micro SDXC Card
For extra storage if you plan on doing video, or want peace of mind with the DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter.
Tripods & Heads
Manfrotto 190XPRO Aluminum 4-Section Tripod
Great set of tripod legs that will last after daily use. Being able to configure the center post into a horizontal position can be useful in some tight spaces.
Benro Mach3 Carbon Fiber 4 Series
Step it up a notch with carbon fiber. This set of legs is also significantly taller when fully expanded. The twist locking grips stay tight and don’t loosen over time like some of the Manfrotto legs with lever locks.
Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Joystick Head
Quickly adjust the camera into the “level” position with the bubble level. Time is money, and being able to quickly get your camera into position for each shot is extremely beneficial with this tripod head.
ePhoto Professional Video Camera Fluid Drag Tripod Head
Fluid head on a budget – if you are doing video tours you’ll want the ability to pan/tilt smoothly.
Video Walk-Through / Tours
DJI Ronin-M Gimbal Stabilizer
Smooth footage while walking couldn’t be easier than with the DJI Ronin-M. The battery also lasts forever. One downside is you can’t set the gimbal on the ground, it must be on its stand. Can make quick, minor camera adjustments more difficult.
Neewer Carbon Fiber Camera Track Slider
For video slider movements. Small and portable, easy to carry around from room to room.
Adding flash into your workflow? Check out some of these options.
Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS Battery-Powered Monolight
Super powerful, and runs on a battery. The perfect way to light up large spaces efficiently and easily.
Godox AD200 Battery-Powered Speedlite Flash
Don’t need as much power as the XPLOR 600, or want something lighter/easier to carry? The AD200 is a great option.
Pro Tip: You can combine two together with velcro straps, and use an Auxiliary Grip to make light work of maneuvering with this flash!
Apple iPad Air
In combination with the CamRanger, view photos and control your camera from a nice, big screen.
Pro Tip: Buy a slim case, and attach two ring holder stands to opposite corners of the case. Clip on a shoulder strap and you can carry around the iPad hands-free.
Having the right real estate photography gear is a stepping stone for setting your business up for success. As a photographer enthusiast and shooting as a career, it can be easy to over purchase items that aren’t necessary or required.
Focus on the basics and understand that it’s more efficient to use minimal tools. You’ll learn how to use the equipment for real estate photography correctly and have outstanding results to deliver to your clients.