How to be a Successful Real estate Photographer that won’t break your Budget

Most of the photographers have a doubt how much should I earn from real estate photography??

Where to get real estate clients??

Is real estate photography is profitable for you?

Answer is – It’s about your passion towards your photography.

Real estate business is getting broad day by day and most the real estate agents are facing this common problem that they can’t able to beat the competition with other real estate agents.

When it comes to listing their real estate photos they’re losing their buyers because they can’t able to impress them because of low quality images.

“And high quality images are converting more in real estate business as compared to low quality images.”

Before you get started with real estate photography all you need to know how effective you’re in shooting houses.And what camera equipment you use to take photos.At very beginning you can’t expect money rolling to your account.

You need more experience before you contact any real estate agent for shooting home.

How to get clients for your real estate photography?

If you want to be a real estate photographer you need to start practicing of our own shooting high quality photos of your home or your friends home to acquire the perfection in taking photos of exterior and interiors.

Start building relationship with your local real estate agents who are poor in taking photos and who are looking for help!!!

Contact them and make a relationship as working for them for free and in return collect the portfolios and testimonials.

These proof will be helpful to hire your next real estate agent and start making money.

Also you can try this book :

Business Techniques for Real Estate Photography: How to make money shooting homes by Nathan cool who is specialist in real estate photography and also best selling author on real estate photography.

How to scale the pricing at beginning stage?

At beginning you would charge around $70 to $80  for shooting photos for local realtors.Based on your experience and additional talent you would charge extra money from your client based on hours ,clicks and total square feet area of the property.

What is the current pay rate for real estate photographer?

An experienced photographer would charge around $300 to $400 based on the project.How many images took based on the real estate area.

“As of May 26, 2019, the average annual pay for a Real Estate Photographer in the United States is $65,360 a year”. Here is whole story

Apart from taking photos photographer can earn extra income in serving additional services like Videography :-

1.Video shooting  for a cost of $1000 to $1500

2.Drone photography for a cost  $200/hr to $5,000 per session

3.Architectural 3D Rendering still image is between USD 100.00 and USD 2000.00)

What are the best camera for real estate photography?

Here are some of the latest real estate camera list for 2019 which you can choose according to your price range.Which is more ideal to shoot both interior and exterior images. Cheap and easy to carry where you like to shoot photos for your clients.

1.Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80  

2.Panasonic Lumix FZ300

3.Nikon Coolpix B700

4.Panasonic Lumix GH5

5.Fujifilm X-T2

6.Fujifilm X-T10

7.Nikon D750

8. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

9.Pentax K-1

10.Canon Rebel T6i

What are top lenses for real estate photographer?

You will require full frame lenses for your camera that provides a better flexibility when it comes to shooting ,focusing,vibration reduction and stable  when autofocusing.And here the the top listed lens for real estate photography.

1.Nikon Nikkor 16-35mm f/4

2. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

3.Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

4. Tokina AT-X 17-35mm f/4 Pro FX

5. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART

6.Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC

7.Nikon Nikkor 12-24mm F/4 G Aspherical ED IF DX SWM AF-S

8.Tokina 12-28mm f/4

9.Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

How do professional photographers shoot real estate photography?

Professionals photographers use to shoot high professional photos for the real estate owners that sells fast as compared to amateur photos.

It’s depends on the photography skills in filming high quality images that makes curious in the mindset of the buyer to buy the property.

With one glance buyers can decide whether to buy or skip the property??

No matters how luxurious is it for buyers.

To get a better shot professionals photographer follow the rules in shooting interior

1.Set up their camera setting and other equipment

2.Walk through the rooms to mark the location to shoot

3.Prepare the room before you plan to shoot

4.Make the area more creative before you start shooting

5.Take some sample shots to determine there are no disturbance and would able to cover wide area of the room.

6.Check how comfortable your in taking photos in natural and artificial lights or you need extra flash light to shoot the interiors.

And the sample rules applicable when shooting exterior only changes in the

1.Camera setting

2.Best time to shoot (it’ recommend to shoot on golden hours)

3.How comfortable in shooting in daylight

4.How to work on drone in taking photo and video

To go in depth check this 14 tips and techniques to improve your real estate photographer

What is the basic camera settings for Real estate photography?

Camera setting for exterior photoshoot

Image quality – Raw

Exposure Mode – Aperture Priority Mode

ISO – 100

Aperture setting – F/8 – F11 (based on shooting in daylight or during golden hours)

Metering mode – multi zone metering

White Balance – Auto

Camera setting for Interior photoshoot

Image quality – Raw

Exposure Mode – Aperture Priority Mode

ISO – 300 to 400 ( would change when working on dark & bright rooms)

Aperture setting – F/7 – F9

Metering mode – multi zone metering

White Balance – Auto

How to edit your real estate photography?

As discussed above high quality real estate images are more effective in selling property to the buyers and most real estate agent are looking to make their image more attractive that stand out from competition.

Editing you real estate images make your image more appealing in the eyes of the buyer and here are the editing techniques which you would follow

1.Color correction

2.Sky replacement

3.Image enhancement

4.Vertical Correction

5.Object removal

6.HDR Conversion

All these photo editing techniques can done using tools like photoshop and lightroom.

According to your client requirement you can work on above technique.

If you’re really getting started or you been a while in photography working with your clients meeting up the deadlines then outsourcing your post processing work would save your time and money.

Bottom line

Every realtors are looking to sell the property as fast as possible to the buyers before they change their mindset. So photoshooting, marketing and promotion should be done on time to beat the competition.And your the only person responsible to execute your work on time in delivering high quality photos for listing it in your client website.


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