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Appleton, WI
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So I decided I want to start doing real estate photos to bundle with my Matterport tours. Im looking for recommendations for a good starter camera. I will need it to take good stills and I also want it to be able to do good quality walk through videos. Im looking at the Canon - EOS 80D. I will also need lens recommendations please.
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Charleston, SC
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Hi @ben629,

Congratulations on taking the plunge into traditional real estate photography! I posted this in another thread, but I thought that you might find it helpful.

Here is a brief summary of what I use during a typical shoot:

Below is a list of equipment/software that I use when photographing for my clients.

Canon 700D - $430
Canon 10-18mm - $280
Extra Batteries - $14
Tripod - $67
Backpack - $27
Memory Card - $25
Photomatix Pro 6 - $99
Magic Lantern - Free

Total: $942

Camera settings:
Capture images in RAW
Shoot in Manual Mode
Apeture: 9.5
ISO: 100
White Balance: Auto
Metering: Evaluative

All of my images are HDR. I do not use a flash or other off camera lighting. This makes taking pictures quick and easy with no setup. Natively, the recommended camera will allow you to take 3 bracketed exposures, but once you install Magic Lantern, you will be able to take up to 11 bracketed exposures automatically. I usually use 5 images taken at -3, -1.5, 0, +1.5 +3. This will generally allow you to capture the entire dynamic range of a space. Once I have my images, I merge them in Photomatix using a custom preset that was built off of the interior 2 preset.

For video, this camera and lens work well, but for walkthrough video, you will want to make sure that you have a stabilizer (which can be quite expensive for a DSLR). For video, I have been using a CGO3 with a hand held 3-axis gimbal stabilizer (the camera and handheld stabilizer came with my drone, so no additional cost). For me, this works pretty well. I do not get the highest quality video, but sometimes good enough is good enough. I hope to invest in higher end equipment down the road, but since I just started with video this past year, it works for now. Video is a great way to generate extra revenue without adding a ton of time on site. I shot the below video in about 10 minutes and spent about 30 minutes in post.

Here is an example of a video I did last week.

Here is a link to the photos that I took of the above property with the above camera setup.

I hope this helps, but if you have additional questions, feel free to PM me.

Jon J
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Bon Secour, AL
Chemistrydoc private msg quote post Address this user

That's incredibly generous of you - nice work, BTW.

Happy New Years -

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