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North Carolina Residential Real Estate PhotographerReal estate photography is a specialized genre that is always a high demand. Every agent is battling for homebuyer’s attention with the best real estate photos. If you are just starting, shooting professional photography for real estate can seem intimidating. These simple real estate photography equipment items will have you producing beautiful and consistent photos for local real estate industry agents. 

Equipment You’ll Need for Quality Real Estate Photography 


For real estate photography, you will need to invest in a camera that can shoot manually. Any crop or full-frame sensor DSLR or mirrorless camera will work perfectly for the job.


Choose a wide-angle lens to capture tight spaces and make the rooms look more spacious. The best lens to use is NIKKOR 16-35mm for Nikon and EF 17-40mm f/4L for Canon. If you have the budget, consider getting a tilt-shift lens like Rokinon TSL24M-N 24mm, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L, or Nikon PC-E FX Nikkor 24mm f/3.5 ED. The tilt-shift lens is a great option for real estate photography because it eliminates the distortion that a wide-angle lens causes. 


A tripod is a useful tool to use when you need to shoot long exposures. It stabilizes your camera and ensures you don’t end up with motion blur results. The tripod can be set up at the height of five feet to make all your images the same height and retain the perspective in your shots. When shooting real estate homes, consistency is a priority. 


Strobes or flashes are the most essential but often overlooked tools in real estate photography. There are two main types of flashes. Monolights and flashguns come in handy in places that have low lighting. Flashguns are beginner and budget-friendly; however, monolight are the best option to use in more spacious properties and have brighter light output.  There are many choices to choose from, ranging in prices from $100 Godox TT600S to $2,000 Profoto B10. 

Light Modifiers

Bare flashing can cause unappealing results or not enough bounce light. Consider using light modifiers like shooting umbrellas. They are small, lightweight, portable, and get the job done even in the smallest spaces.

Light Stands 

You will need a light stand to support your flash units. A regular light stand works for lightweight flash heads, and more rigid C-stands are used for bigger monolights. Depending on the property you’re shooting, you will need a few light stands to light up the area. 

If you are looking for professional photography, Times Treasured Studios based in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, specializes in personal, business, portrait, wedding, maternity, and real estate photography. Professional photographer Heather J. Cardwell provides each client with high-quality photography services ranging in 3-D imagery, virtual reality environment creation, landscape and macro photography, studio and portrait photography. Contact me for more information about the different packages.