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Why You Should NOT Use Cellphone Photos For Your Real Estate Listings.

Don't be Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish!

Image of a cellphone taking a real estate photo

While it may be tempting to rely on a cell phone to take photos of your real estate property, there are several key advantages to hiring a professional real estate photographer.

Professional Equipment: A professional real estate photographer uses high-quality equipment, including a DSLR camera, specialized lenses, and lighting equipment. This allows us to capture high-quality images that are sharp, well-lit, and showcase the property in the best possible way.


While a cell phone may be able to capture decent photos, it cannot match the level of detail and quality that a professional camera can produce.


Professional Experience

A professional real estate photographer has years of experience and knows how to capture a property in its best light (pun intended!). We understand the importance of proper lighting, composition, and angles, and know how to showcase the key features of a property in a way that is visually appealing.


Image of a professional photographer

Professionals also have the ability to quickly adapt to different lighting conditions and can make on-the-spot adjustments to ensure that the photos are of the highest quality.

Editing and retouching

A professional real estate photographer has the expertise and software to edit and retouch photos in a way that an amateur with a cell phone cannot. They can adjust the color balance, exposure, and contrast to ensure that the photos look polished and professional.


Professional real estate photographers can also remove any distracting elements or blemishes from the photos to make the property look its best. I can turn a gray sky blue with puffy clouds, add flames to a fireplace and “remove” objects, such as family photos from the images using Photoshop.

Image of a camera with a wide-angle lens.

Wide-angle Lenses

One of the key advantages of hiring a professional real estate photographer is our ability to use wide-angle lenses to capture the full scope of a room. This allows potential buyers to see the layout and flow of the space, and get a sense of the property's overall size and layout.


A cell phone camera cannot capture the same level of detail and depth as a professional wide-angle lens.

Consistency

When hiring a professional real estate photographer, you can expect a consistent level of quality across all of your listings. This is important for your branding. An amateur with a cell phone may produce inconsistent results, making it difficult to create a cohesive brand or marketing strategy.

Offer a Variety of Services

In addition to taking photos, many professional real estate photographers offer additional services such as walk-through video tours, virtual tours, and drone photography.

Image of a real estate drone flying above house.

These services can help to showcase the property in a more dynamic way and can be particularly effective for properties with unique features such as extensive grounds or a stunning view.

Quick Turnaround

A professional real estate photographer understands that time is of the essence when it comes to selling a property. I can provide a quick turnaround time, often delivering the finished photos and videos within 1-2 days.


This can be particularly important in a fast-paced real estate market where properties can sell quickly.

Conclusion

While a cell phone camera may be suitable for casual snapshots, when it comes to selling a property, it is essential to hire a professional real estate photographer. They have the equipment, experience, and expertise needed to showcase the property in the best possible light and attract potential buyers.


Additionally, they can offer a range of services, provide a quick turnaround time, and understand the legal and ethical considerations involved in taking photos of a property.

By investing in professional photography and videography, you can maximize your real estate listings and increase your chances of selling your property quickly and for the best possible price.


Most importantly have professional photos on your website will significantly help your branding and therefore obtain more sellers.


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