Best Real Estate Photography Equipment for Beginners

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  1. oh my god I LOVE you! creative live needs you! if they have you give a class…then i'll buy a real estate class. You're the best Andrew 😀

  2. Hi I have the Canon EOS 6D what lense do you recommend? I have the 24-105 is that good enough for starters? Thank you would really appreciate your feedback.

  3. Important additional information for anyone starting a real estate photo businesss. If you are "thinking about using a drone" for your real estate work, be sure to also get a Part 107 FAA card. It is required in the US to have a Part 107 certificate if you are using the drone for commercial (paid) work. No exceptions. You can't say you do the drone photos "for free". The FAA is starting to crack down on real estate companies that just decided to buy a drone and start doing aerials as part of the suite of products. The Part 107 test is not the difficult and the test is given at most small airports. Please be sure, since you offer real estate course to include this information when you teach students how to start a business. If they are going to use the drone for paid work in the US, you MUST have a Part 107 certificate. Thanks!

  4. Did I miss something I didn’t hear you say anything about the necessary FAA certification you would need to do any aerial photography for professional use.

  5. Great video. What do you think of this basic setup to start with? Nikon D750, 24mm tilt/shift lens, a few Xplor 600 watt strobes and YN-560iv speedlights, CamRanger, Tokina 17-35mm lens, a 24-70 f/2.8 and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. Also the tripod and geared you recommend. And I would have a backup of everything like the camera and tripod. Once I get rolling, will up my budget for a medium format camera with a few Leica lenses and some better strobes. Should I have an assistant when I start? If yes, how many? Would like to also be competitive in my pricing, going to offer a special to my first 10 clients of any house for just $999. Then will go for $1 per square foot, easiest way to figure pricing. So, a 2,500 square foot house will be $2,500. May be I will have Groupon offers at 10% off, but gotta be careful not to get too busy offering coupons. Anyway, thanks for all your help. PS, for aerial photography, was thinking of buying a Robinson R44, it can carry 4 passengers, but will use most of that space for equipment and a pilot to fly me around. Should I get a helicopter mounted camera just below the body with a gimbal like the movies? Waiting for your response. Thank you again.

  6. Hello I have Canon 1100d is it good for real estate photography ? And Which lens you suggest for smal apartment ?

  7. I have my very first paid real estate shoot next week…what size and how many camera cards do you recommend having if I am shooting raw? Thanks so much!

  8. I totally agree with the multiple light set up instead of going HDR. That was a great analogy you made and I think it applies to photography well, if you rely on HDR as a crutch and it's the only thing you know, then in my opinion you don't really understand the fundamentals of lighting and never learn the skills involved in making a great photo. What is annoying though Andrew, is that because so many photographers are doing HDR, agents expect you to be able to do a house in twenty minutes. It's a hard sell to busy agents when I take 5 minutes per photo and the agents are waiting around tapping their foot, and people I work with take (literally) 20 seconds per photo. Obviously I can tell the difference in the quality of the image but usually the agents can't unless the shots where side by side.

    I had a complaint recently that I took too long on a shoot (it was a dark wood/brick interior without a white wall or ceiling anywhere). I could have just done HDR but I took the time to light every shot with two speed lights and a reflector (not to mention I staged every room!) I just assumed the vendors wanted the best quality possible… but I was wrong. I apologized profusely for taking so long but they still complained. It was a bit of a kick in the guts seeing as I did the best job I possibly could, but my goal now is to get faster with this stuff.

  9. Thank you so much for this! I am just starting out in my RE Photography journey and this was very informative.

  10. I think you might want to do a segment on the different ways to connect with your camera while on location, I want to know how it's going to connect before I buy it. The app for connecting the 80d has great reviews and with the Canon app, you wouldn't need the CamRanger. Cascable is another great app that connects with just about any camera and is very responsive, for IOS only though.
    How about a segment on situations where a shoot through umbrella is needed, hard for new photographers to figure out. Had a shoot in Palm Springs where the rooms ceilings had a divider that dropped down 2 to 3 feet that prevented the flash from bouncing into the adjacent room evenly. So many situations that can trip the new guy up, appreciate your experience and time in these videos.

  11. Couldn’t agree more about the Manfrotto 410 head. Game changer. Couldn’t imagine shooting with anything else.

  12. What do you think about ball heads? Can’t you level up your camera much quicker with them?

  13. Great video!
    I like the point of getting inexpensive gear but but stay away from the really cheap stuff.
    I just dont fully agree with what u said about sony and lenses for real estate photography. If u dont need the fastest autofocus or focus manual you have nearly every lens ever made available for sony when using with the right adaptor. A new a6000 costs only 500 and the cheapest sony full frame body costs under 1000. Thats why for me sony is giving me the most for my money 😉
    Only downside is the missing camranger support but the available sony app isnt that bad.
    I would also recommend the yongnuo 560 IV flash because it‘s cheaper and the trigger is easier to use in my opinion (same knobs and dials as on the flash)

  14. Feel free to ask any questions below and i’ll get back to you.

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