More toys for better real estate photographs

Services for Real Estate Pros with Propertyshoot Real Estate Photography

With business picking up it just seemed right to plow back some money into new equipment.

First up was a wider angle lens - the well-reviewed Tokina 12-24mm. My previous widest setting was 18mm, so the new purchase embraces a significantly wider view, giving me cropping options while still retaining plenty of image content.

Secondly I bought an 18ft extendable pole. It's amazing how useful a modest height boost for the camera is. Prime examples are when shooting from the bottom of a sloping driveway, or when your view is impeded by a hedge or wall. Getting the camera level with the home results in less vertical distortion too (eg leaning walls).

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Susan Hilton
CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX
Texas Aggie Real Estate, College Station Bryan Texas Real Estate

Did you get a SLR?

Jun 07, 2008 01:24 PM #1
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

A wide angle lens makes all the difference in the world when it comes to real estate photography. I like the idea of the extendable pole.  How do you manage to keep something that height steady?  Not that I drink and shoot mind you, I just can't imagine having a steady hand with the height!

BTW it's nice to see an Aussie here in the Rain!



Jun 07, 2008 01:43 PM #2
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Jon:  You've just given me two great ideas for improving my photo shots.  I had not thought of the pole.  Thanks so much for sharing.

Jun 07, 2008 01:49 PM #3

@Susan - I have used SLRs over the past 10 years or so, but finally went digital as well 2 years back when my DEAR SISTER :-) gave me a Nikon D70 for my 50th birthday. Love it.


Jun 07, 2008 10:19 PM #4

@kk - I'm a kiwi hiding out in Aussie-land :-D There are lots of us!

There is a bit of wobble-factor with the pole, but nothing that 1/200th of a second and a 2-drink maximum 8-D isn't going to freeze.


@Karen (and everyone interested in RE photography in general) visit ...

... and search the discussions for PAP (pole assisted photography)

Jun 07, 2008 10:33 PM #5
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