Tools for the Trade: Real Estate Photography

A common question we get amongst some of our customers; what’s a good lens to use for real estate photography? Fortunately, we have not only the answer, but equipment for just that!

We’ve noticed a consistent mistake young photographers, venturing into real estate photography for the first time tend to make when choosing the right lens and camera body for the job – they usually go to a fish-eye lens in hopes to capturing the entire room in one shot, but the problem with that is the fish-eye ends up distorting the image and giving an unrealistic look to the room being captured. Some real estate agents won’t approve of these types of photos, as they want their clients to get a feel for the space without losing important details. What helps most in this situation is using an ultra-wide lens to capture not only small tight spaces, but also larger spaces in one fluid shot.

Our first recommendation that’s best for beginners, not only in skill, but also price, is the Canon 7D Mark II or the Canon 70D bodies paired with a Canon 10-22mm lens. This is the perfect pairing for equipment and the price is ideal for those just starting out. As you can see from the image of the kitchen, you get a nice range of the space and an even shot even with different lighting setup in the room.
[rushmore_image caption=”Shot with Canon 7D & Canon EF-S 10-22 F/3.5-4.5″ id=”77″]

Pro Tip: If outside lighting is much brighter than indoor lights, you can stack multiple exposures to balance them out.”

Another pair we highly recommend will appeal to Nikon users; the Nikon D750 and Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 is a dynamic duo for producing tact sharp images with minimal distortion and because of the Nikon body, low-light is not a problem. Some rooms, for example the bedroom pictured here, are not always well lit for the shot, and without proper lighting equipment, you have to work with what you got! That’s where the D750 and 14-24mm come in handy!
[rushmore_image caption=”Shot with Nikon D750 & Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8″ id=”86″]

Lastly, best for novice and seasoned professional Canon users, alike, the full-frame Canon 5D Mark III paired with the ultra-widest lens Canon 11-24mm f/4 will have your clients in awe by your captures. At its widest you have 126° of view, meaning you can shoot in the smallest of rooms and still show just about everything in it.
[rushmore_image caption=”Shot with Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 11-24mm f/4″ id=”89″]

Well pals, in conclusion that was a quick look at some of the gear we have for real estate photography, so the next time you’re ready to do a shoot don’t hesitate to drop by, test or rent any of these cameras and lenses we have here at The LensPal.

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