Can You Use a Smartphone for Real Estate Photography? Pros & Cons
In this lesson, I want to talk about using a smartphone and go a little bit deeper for those interested in using one. You might want to skip this if you're not using a smartphone. This is really for those real estate agents taking this class landlords, short term rental hosts who don't want to invest in a lot of equipment. I'll talk about the benefits and drawbacks of using a smartphone. So first off benefits, the quality is getting better on smartphones and certain smartphones, the quality of an image kind of matches what a basic Ds LR, mirrorless professional camera can do. It's more affordable because you probably have a smartphone in your pocket. It's easy to think. Oh, I'm just gonna whip this out and take great photos and sometimes you can and it's simple to use. There's no complicated settings or things that you'll need to know. It's basically just being able to set up in an area, compose it the right way and take the photo, just click the button to take the photo. The problem i...
s that most smartphones don't capture raw photos as good as basic Ds LR or mirrorless cameras. And so what this means is that you don't have a lot of room editing and you don't necessarily need to edit all your photos too much to look good. But in terms of things like combining images and things like that and the photos will just look better if you edit them and not having nice high quality raw photos from a smartphone limits your ability to edit them the right way. The other issue is when we're getting a little bit more professional, using just flash alone, syncing up a flash to a smartphone is very difficult. There's not really great tools to do that right now. So you can't just use the flash that's on your smartphone to get enough lighting. Potentially, you could use continuous video lights to light a scene, light a room and use a smartphone to make it look good. But when we're talking about more advanced techniques using a a flash or a strobe where we're bouncing it off the ceiling, we're maybe taking multiple images where we're bouncing it off different parts of the room that Flam Bent style, then it's going to be practically impossible with a smartphone also just like setting up on a tripod, not impossible but more difficult using a trigger self timer bracketing. All of these things are going to be more difficult with a smartphone. That being said, you can certainly take great photos with a smartphone. But as a professional photographer, you'll want professional gear, truly even though you as a photographer might be able to take a great photo with a smartphone, you don't want to show up to a professional photo shoot at a house, taking photos with a smartphone, nothing against smartphones, smartphone, photographers. It's just not going to look good. Even if you promise, oh, I'm gonna take photos just as good with this camera. You'll want to actually have professional gear as a professional. So in this class, I will do some tests to show you the, the smartphone versus the professional camera and how they end up looking. Um But I just wanted to share these thoughts before we move forward.