A real estate photography invoice contains detailed information on professional home or building photography services that are rendered at the request of a real estate agent or seller. While hourly rates can be charged, the majority of real estate photographers bill on a per-service basis.
Table of Contents
- What is Real Estate Photography?
- Real Estate Photography Equipment
- Real Estate Photographer Salary & Hourly Pay ($/hr)
Real estate photography is a subset of professional photography that focuses on taking carefully executed photos and videos of residential and commercial property for the purpose of marketing the property to potential buyers. On the surface, the thought of taking photos of a home or building may not sound complicated. But precise angles, lighting, and other elements are exceedingly difficult to navigate. Taking professional photos that stand out from other images of residential homes on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) takes a considerable amount of skill and time that can only be found in the professional real estate photography niche.
The level of expertise, budget, and experience of the photographer all contribute to the tools they may require. To follow is an overview of a real estate photographer’s essential tools as well as choice equipment for intermediate to advanced photographers:
For those just testing the waters of real estate photography or using it as a part-time gig, there are four (4) fundamental pieces of equipment that should be acquired before anything else. According to SLR Lounge, they are the following:
- Camera body – DSLR Camera bodies range in type. Popular and reputable brands are Canon, Sony, and Nikon. Newer DSLR models are the best option as film and older body types are not suitable for real estate photography.
- Lens – The price of a lens can range from moderate to very expensive. SLR Lounge states that because the lens aperture doesn’t need to be especially fast for home photography, lenses such as “f/4 zooms” or “variable aperture zooms” are acceptable choices and can save photographers a significant amount of money. The camera body is not as important as a good lens due to real estate photography requiring both an abundant use of tripods and a need for non-blurry back and foregrounds.
- Tripod – Taking steady and level shots are an essential part of the job due to lengthy shutter speeds. Purchasing a large and heavy tripod may seem counter-intuitive for lugging around a property, but it can keep images framed consistently to minimize the need for taking repeated shots of the same angle.
- Camera bag – To save time and reduce the chance of damaging photography equipment, purchasing a soft or hard camera bag is necessary.
Professional, full-time real estate photographers need the tools and equipment they purchase to provide them with both consistent and high-quality images to meet the demands of agents that require the very best photographers. According to PhotoUp, the following are necessary additions to the professional photographer’s gear bag (in addition to those mentioned above):
- External flash units – Adds light to areas that need it the most. Can utilize one (1) to several units for the desired effect.
- Photo editing software – With an ample amount of practice, the right software allows photographers to make scenes that would otherwise look subpar appear extraordinary.
- Light meter – Used for determining the correct amount of exposure for a photo, aiding photographers in selecting the correct aperture and shutter speeds.
- Drones – Although they are not listed as a recommendation of PhotoUp, the use of drones can undoubtedly set one photographer apart from the rest due to the unique aerial viewpoint and potential for striking imagery.