CAMERA

Don't be afraid to ask me if you are not sure whether to buy a full frame or a crop camera. 

Recommended Nikon Cameras:
Crop
Nikon D7200 
Nikon D7500 
Nikon D500
Nikon D7000 (used as backup body)
Full Frame
Nikon D610
Nikon D750
Recommended Canon Camera:
Crop
Canon 80D
Full Frame
Canon 6D
Recommended Sony Cameras
Crop
Sony a6000
Full Frame
Sony a7R II

 

LENS

I recommend you stay away from prime lenses for real estate photography. 

Recommended Crop Lenses:
Tokina 11-20 for Nikon 
Tokina 11-20 for Canon

Tokina 11-16 for Nikon
Tokina 11-16 for Canon

Tamron 10-24 for Nikon
Tamron 10-24 for Canon

Sony 10-18 (Sony only)

Recommended Full Frame Lenses:
Canon 16-35 f/4 (Canon bodies only)
Nikon 16-35 f/4 (Nikon bodies only)
Sony 16-35 f/4 (Sony bodies only)

Sigma 14-24 Art for Nikon
Sigma 14-24 Art for Canon

Tamron 15-30 for Nikon
Tamron 15-30 for Canon

 

LIGHTS AND TRIGGERS

 

 

The Flashpoint R2 system listed below is great. And, you do not have to worry about attaching receiving triggers when you buy your lights from the R2 system because the trigger is inside the flash units. Always buy non-TTL (manual) flashes when possible, and I recommend turning off all of the extraneous functions of the trigger via "single pin mode". 

I have listed the system I use below, but Rovelight 600B units are not for sale any longer (at least for now), so I have listed some alternatives. The only drawback to going this route is you will have to attach a receiving trigger to the light as seen in the picture at right. 

Attaching a Yongnuo receiving trigger to my Rovelight 600B. Make sure you get a cable that has a 3.5mm male end. At the time this photo was taken, I had a 3.5mm adapter, making the attachment much more lengthy and awkward. 

Attaching a receiving trigger to the new Rovelight 601 and 610. Notice the input for the trigger is in a bit of an awkward position by the handle. You would also have to velcro the trigger to the light somehow.

 

Other lights worth looking into, the new Orlit Rovelights:
Orlit Rovelight 400 ws
Orlit Rovelight 610 ws (I recommend this light over the Rovelight 601 because they are the same size but the 610 has more power)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMRANGER

Indispensable gear for compositing interiors. I suppose it is possible to skimp your way around buying this for a while, but I highly recommend purchasing it right off. Also, I have contacted the folks at Camranger, and even they admit that the device works better on iPads and iPhones than on Android devices. 

Camranger Wireless Transmitter for Canon and Nikon 
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini Nuud Case with Shoulder Strap

 

TRIPOD AND TRIPOD HEAD

I can't stress enough how important a very good tripod and center column are for real estate work. This is the piece of gear you are actually manipulating and handling all day. Don't skimp here! Below are the two tripods that I highly recommend for real estate work.

Recommended tripod:
Benro Mach3 Extra Long Carbon Fiber 4 Series

Recommended cheaper tripod:
Benro Mach3 Extra Long Aluminum 4 Series

Recommended geared heads:
Benro GD3WH
Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Tripod Head
Heavier Manfrotto 405 Geared Tripod Head
 

 

DRONE

This may be the most important purchase you make. I don't think it matters as much which drone you choose, but everything from portfolio development, to client acquisition are very dependent upon having a drone. My recommendations below are in order of preference. 

Recommended drones:
Mavic Air
Mavic Pro
Spark (a great drone to have as a backup to the above two, and would make a great starter drone when you are getting your feet wet)

 

CASE AND ORGANIZER

What I use and recommend:
Pelican 1560 with Padded Dividers
Pelican 1569 Lid Organizer

 

LIGHTSTANDS and Umbrella Brackets

You know how I recommend you to work, but if you must use lightstands I recommend these cheap ones, and I also recommend you try to wean yourself off any lightstands for real estate photography :)

Recommended cheap lightstands:
Cowboy Studios Set of Two 7 Feet Lightstands

Recommended cheap umbrella brackets: 
ChromLives Pack of Two Umbrella Brackets
 

SOFTWARE

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 1 Year Subscription
Adobe Bridge is Free to Download


COMPUTER EDITING MONITOR

Monitor I use and recommend:
Asus MX259H 25 Inch IPS Monitor

 

GRAPHICS EDITING TABLET

We didn't talk much about editing tablets in the course, but as you start to improve your skills, you will really be craving more brush accuracy for your masking and other tasks. And for this, nothing can replace a good graphics tablet. I also recommend them to professional photographers because when used in conjunction with a mouse, you are counteracting the repetitive motions that can give you health problems. 

Tablet that I use and recommend:
Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet

 

Shoot Through Umbrellas, Reflectors and other gear

Various gear that I use to help me on certain projects. Gels are used to color match your light with the ambient light. As you saw, I do not gel my flashes very often. Sometimes outside I will. I find 1/4 to 1/2 CTO gel often blends with ambient well, so I would buy a sheet of 1/4 and use two layers of it if you need a 1/2 CTO. 

Westcott Shoot Through Umbrellas I Use
Sigma 18-35 1.8 Art Lens (Nikon) / Sigma 18-35 1.8 Art Lens (Canon)
Small Neewer 5 in 1 Reflector Diffuser
Large Neewer 5 in 1 Reflector Diffuser 
Grids for Bowens Mount Rovelight 600B 
Grid for speedlights
LED Lenser P7.2 Flashlight (The light is a little cool, I have to gel it sometimes)
1/4 CTO Gel (use two layers of this for 1/2 CTO) 
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer (helpful for reducing reflections and making skies more vibrant)
B+W Six Stop Neutral Density Filter
Step up ring 72 to 77mm (buy screw on filters for your largest lens, and use these rings to screw the filters on any smaller lenses) 
Datacolor Spyder5Pro for Monitor Calibration
Datacolor SpyderCheckr 24 (I do NOT take this into the field for help with white balance, for that I use "white things" like my iPad case) 
Powerex 8 Cell AA Battery Charger 
AA Rechargeable Batteries for Speedlights 
Rocket Blower for Cleaning Dust from Lenses 
Manfrotto 24' Lightstand for Elevated Exterior Composites