Use The Right Gear

Choosing the right gear is the first step to taking real estate photos like a pro. You don’t need to spend thousands to get the latest models, but you do need to choose the proper lenses and camera.


As much as you may hate it, you can’t take professional property photos with your smartphone. Great results call for a quality camera, either DSLR or mirrorless. One of the best models is the Canon M3 Compact Camera, Pair it with a wide-angle lens and you’re all set to take professional-looking photos.

Here are some additional tips on choosing the best camera and lens kits for any skill level, from beginner to expert. Check out FourLabs for their services.

Choose The Correct Lens For The Job

With so many lenses available, picking the right one for your job can be a daunting experience. The best choice depends on the kind of photos you intend to take.

Real estate photos must be realistic, yet they need to include all key elements of a property. While a wide-angle lens would enable you to capture lots of information, remember to stay away from fish-eye or two wide lenses, as they distort the image way too much.

The best wide-angle lens for property photography depends on whether your camera body is a full-frame or a crop sensor one. Full-frame bodies call for a 16 to 17mm lend. Crop sensors need a 12 to 15mm lens.

Here are some further guides on choosing the right camera body and lenses kits.

Use A Tripod

Precision and sharp, clear details are key to real estate photography. The only method to get such high-quality results is to use a tripod. By setting your camera on a tripod, you’ll avoid uneven shots or blurry lines that can spoil your property photos. Furthermore, you should be using your camera timer or a remote, in order to avoid motion blur. This could also be useful when shooting in bathrooms, in order to avoid capturing your body in the mirror.

If you want to use the HDR bracketing technique, involving taking multiple photos of the same scene using different exposure values, you’ll also need a tripod to eliminate the risk of blurring.

Use An External Flash

The built-in flash is a terrible choice when it comes to real estate photography. For best results, you must use an external sync flash. All professional photographers use one, so there’s no reason why you’d do otherwise.

Carefully Set The Scene

You can’t just show up on-site and start taking photos. All images you see in professional real estate brochures or websites are carefully planned and staged in advance. Professional photographers know that even a tiny detail can make a huge difference when it comes to capturing the curb appeal of a property.

Here’s what you need to do when a room has furniture in it:

  • Remove all clutter such as clothes, paperwork, and trash. The property should look like a display home.
  • Remove personal items such as family photos, fridge magnets, toys, and religious items.
  • Straighten lined and furniture, in order to create some clean lines that will look great in photos.
  • Adjust the position of various furniture items to frame the image in a nicer way.

– Open the blinds, turn on the lights and use additional lighting, if needed. The more light in the room, the better your photos. When it comes to the light, make sure you choose the right white balance, as it can have a huge influence on your pictures.