I recently had an aspiring Real Estate / Interiors Photographer ask what gear he/she should use. This was my reply:
Heres the list of recommended gear for aspiring Real Estate Photographers. This list has some pieces that even I would like to buy soon.
For the sake of staying economical, we’ll use mostly Amazon as a buying place but other recommended sites are Adorama and B&H as they offer great customer service and return policies.
Sony A6000 – https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Mirrorless-Digital-Camera-16-50mm/dp/B00I8BICB2/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1506521955&sr=1-3&keywords=sony+a6000
The Sony A6000 is mirrorless, compact, lightweight, and has some great wireless features. Don’t let its small size fool you – it’s a fantastic camera and we’re moving into an era that recognizes bigger isn’t always better. The Amazon deal does come with a 16-55 lens which will be perfect for day-to-day use of capturing portraits or other artsy shots.
Rokinon 12mm – https://www.amazon.com/Rokinon-Ultra-Angle-E-Mount-RK12M-E/dp/B00JD4TAWI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1485380731&sr=1-1&keywords=Rokinon+12mm+F2.0&linkCode=sl1&tag=phoforreaest-20&linkId=6802d8c4f5a294fcde0d66973e319116
As some photographers put it, this is a UFWA (Ultra… Wide Angle) and creates a lot of barrel distortion. This is usually rectified by Lightroom’s auto-calibrating features but can be corrected even further through Photoshop’s transform adjustment. It’s a super fast lens at F2.0 which means you’ll be able to push the boundaries of low-light photography and have some fun with depth-of-field shots.
Lighting: It really depends on which route you want to take for editing. HDR/Enfuse will require one basic flash. Full Lighting will require at least 3 basic flashes. Flambient will require 1-2 basic-advanced flashes. HDR/Enfuse is very easy but common. Full Lighting takes a long time to perfect. Flambient is right in the middle.
Yungnuo YN560 IV x3: https://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-YN560-Speedlite-YN560TX-Canon-Diffuser/dp/B0146M307C/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1506522796&sr=1-12&keywords=YONGNUO+sony
Godox AD200: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X1FBC3F/ref=sxr_pa_click_within_right_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3163805422&pf_rd_r=E2W15HJQPV3QR56B4PX4&pd_rd_wg=AIOTb&pf_rd_s=desktop-rhs-carousels&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_w=rbFEe&pf_rd_i=YONGNUO+sony&pd_rd_r=D1QYGGV33HDEQMMQ40P1&psc=1
It’s recommended that you get light stands for the Yungnuos – something like these will do just fine but you may also want brackets to go with them. A pistol grip is popular with the Godox AD200 but a light stand is just as good.
Tripod: This can be a photographer’s best friend and says a lot about what you like to shoot. This is because they’re so dang bulky, heavy, and just not fun to tote around that if you’re carrying one – people know you’ve got something serious to shoot.
Newwer Carbon Fiber: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NSEKEMO
Vanguard Aluminum: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CCA1Y3S
Some RE photographers (including myself) rely on something called a Cam Ranger to shoot without having to set a timer (don’t want to touch the camera!). Fortunately, the Sony A6000 comes with Wireless Capabilities and can be triggered with a smartphone app. You’ll also be able to review the photo on your smartphone app and make exposure adjustments from a distance.
Other than Lightroom and Photoshop, Enfuse is a great tool to have. If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to jot it down. Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything!