Real estate photography?
PhotoCamel: Your friendly photo community, with free discussion forums, digital photography reviews, photo sharing, galleries, downloads, blogs, photography contests, and prizes.
 

Go Back   PhotoCamel - Your Friendly Photography Forum > PhotoCamel Lounge > Photography Talk

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-07-2017   #1
Vicuna
 
Drake's Avatar
 
Location: Georgia
Posts: 70
CamelKarma: 27
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Real estate photography?

Considering trying to work my way into having a second income or building a client base to do real estate photography full time...anyone have any suggestions on how to get into this field?

Are there to many real estate photographers already? Is this a decent field for someone with very little photo skills but hopefully will build on those skills with practice, training, etc.

Just considering changing careers but don't want to drop everything and prey on something like this to take off over night.

Thanks!

__________________
Members don't see ads in threads. Register for your free account today and become a member of PhotoCamel to open up the site's many benefits and features.
__________________
Drake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017   #2
Dromedary
 
Didereaux's Avatar
 
Location: swamplands of East Texas
Posts: 1,059
CamelKarma: 1543000
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Just my observation, but the demand for real estate photographers is almost nil now. Every salesman and broker owns a digital and so take their own for free (they are greedy little suckers) The only field that even might have the slightest demand for such would be the very high-end real estate market. But be aware that the quality of work demanded is at the level of the 'Architectural Digest'. But what the hey, examine closely, very closely, your local market and talk to people...there might just be a wee crack in the door somewhere.
Didereaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017   #3
F1 Camel
 
heaterguy's Avatar
 
Location: Cypress, TX
Posts: 2,891
CamelKarma: 487620
Editing OK?: No
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Didereaux View Post
Just my observation, but the demand for real estate photographers is almost nil now. Every salesman and broker owns a digital and so take their own for free (they are greedy little suckers) The only field that even might have the slightest demand for such would be the very high-end real estate market. But be aware that the quality of work demanded is at the level of the 'Architectural Digest'. But what the hey, examine closely, very closely, your local market and talk to people...there might just be a wee crack in the door somewhere.
Couldn't be more correct!
__________________
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. Diane Arbus
heaterguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017   #4
Llama
 
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 894
CamelKarma: 36120
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Most real estate photos are done with iPhones by the agent for free. I have seen ads here and there from companies looking for people to go out taking images of houses or property. But the pay is very low, and they expect you to drive all over. In the end it's not worth the trouble.

The demand for quality images is pretty much limited to multi million dollar homes. They do pay well, but now you need to be able to do high quality work. They take mutiple images for each area, and then do a lot of processing. The demand for that is small to begin with, and they already have photographers they work with.

But you never know. Good luck!
__________________
Rob

Nikon D800, D5500 IR 590nm, D50
nu2scene is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017   #5
Vicuna
 
Drake's Avatar
 
Location: Georgia
Posts: 70
CamelKarma: 27
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Thanks just trying to a certain niche in photography that will hopefully pay some bills down the road with some experience.
__________________
Drake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2018   #6
Llama
 
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 894
CamelKarma: 36120
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Can you be more specific. Where are they working? Are they photographing or retouching? How much money do they get paid? I'd be very interested in hearing about it.
__________________
Rob

Nikon D800, D5500 IR 590nm, D50
nu2scene is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2018   #7
F1 Camel
 
jhawk1000's Avatar
 
Location: Kansas USA
Posts: 2,664
CamelKarma: 9058810
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Many years ago, while in Law School, I earned extra money working for a large real estate company doing aerial photography of plats of land that were in the getting a permit to develop stage. I would strap into the seat of a small plane, the pilot would bank over the fields and I would photograph the land. I never did property photographing. I imagine they use google maps now.
jhawk1000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2018   #8
Photocamel Master
 
scoundrel1728's Avatar
 
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Posts: 9,756
CamelKarma: 1461679
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Just for fun, here is a site that shows some real estate photography face palms. Apologies for the plethora of advertising though.

Also a warning: There is a limit to how far real estate photographs can stray from reality. Violate that principle and you or the real estate agent may lose the would-be buyer, reputation for honest dealing, or, in more extreme cases, a lawsuit.
scoundrel1728 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2018   #9
F1 Camel
 
gehutch's Avatar
 
Location: NE Tennessee
Posts: 4,668
CamelKarma: 16273323
Editing OK?: Yes
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jhawk1000 View Post
Many years ago, while in Law School, I earned extra money working for a large real estate company doing aerial photography of plats of land that were in the getting a permit to develop stage. I would strap into the seat of a small plane, the pilot would bank over the fields and I would photograph the land. I never did property photographing. I imagine they use google maps now.
And that kind of work is being done by drones now...
gehutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2018   #10
Vicuna
 
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 184
CamelKarma: 264276
Editing OK?: Ask First
Constructive Critique?: Yes
Default Re: Real estate photography?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Is this a decent field for someone with very little photo skills but hopefully will build on those skills with practice, training, etc.
No.
As Didereaux pointed out, the low end of the market is self-shot by the agents using their phone/P&S.

The high end market will use photographers but to work in that market you will need proven photography skills as well as lighting/post processing skills.


__________________
Members don't see ads in threads. Register for your free account today and become a member of PhotoCamel to open up the site's many benefits and features.
Dan Marchant is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

« PhotoCamel - Your Friendly Photography Forum > PhotoCamel Lounge > Photography Talk »


Share this topic:

Thread Tools
Display Modes