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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Real Estate Photographer: Expert Tips & Insights!

Updated: May 10

So, you decided to hire a professional photographer to capture your home for sale, where do you go from there? In this article, I will be giving you a few tips on how to engage with your photographer to get the most out of the photo session.

Be invested in your photographer’s gear and techniques.

The cameras on smartphones are amazing these days, you can do just about anything with just your cell phone, including real estate photographer. Be that as it may, you hired a professional, so you will want to make sure this person is using professional gear. After all, you want the best possible results, right? Do not worry, you do not have to become a camera expert overnight, you can just ask these few questions to make sure you are covered.

Are you using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera?

We are not looking to have the photographer divulge their preferred brand of camera or why they invested in said system, but we do want to, at the very least, make sure the photographer will be using something capable and aligned with industry standards.

What Lenses are you planning to use on the photo session?

You will probably not understand the photographers answer to this question, you will just get an answer with meaningless numbers. So, here is a range of acceptable numbers, anywhere from 14mm to 28mm. Long story short, this will make sure the lens is wide enough to capture the home and the rooms properly.

Do you plan on using a tripod?

A tripod is not technically required for a real estate shoot, especially if the photo session is during the day, but the tripod is a tool your photographer should be using. The answer to this question will lead directly into your next and last questions.

Do you use the bracketing technique?

The bracketing technique simply means, the photographer will be capturing multiple images of the same scene, then merge them into one highly detailed image in post processing. Bracketing is the key to stunning real estate photography, so you should be at ease if your photographer plans on using it.

At the end of the day, these questions are not really meant to scrutinize your photographer, but rather give you a general idea of what kind of service and results you can expect. Also, these questions will let the photographer know you have done your homework and you are invested in the results.

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