One of the most impactful parts of using a tripod is the impression it gives your vendors. A tripod will not only enable you to produce higher quality photos but it also looks the part.
3 very important benefits of using a tripod are:
Reduction of blur caused by “shaky hands”. A tripod provides stabilisation that dramatically reduces distortion caused when taking the photo by hand only.
Quality photos with great vertical lines. Being able to set up the camera straight reduces the chances of you capturing a wonky image. You can also use a spirit bubble to maximise this.
Taking photos at the right height and angle for photography that sells. It can be very difficult to get in a good position and maintain the right height of the camera when taking photos with your hand. A tripod makes it much easier to achieve this.
Types of Tripod
As you shop around for tripods, you’ll probably notice different “head types”. The tripod head is the fixture that you actually attach the camera too. There are 3 tripod heads you’re likely to come across:
Pan & Tilt
Pan & Tilt heads are the most common and allow you to move the camera in both vertical and horizontal directions with precision so you can get the angle you require. A ball head allows more movement than a pan tilt, making them easier to control. The gimbal head is a little more advanced and typically used by photographers working with really long lenses are taking panoramic shots.
The Basic Requirements Of Your Tripod
Given the tripod’s positive impact on your property photos, we strongly advise you do not go out and simply pick up the cheapest one you can find.
A good, professional tripod for property photography will have:
1. Great stability: Sturdy build and be able to handle the weight of the camera and lens that will be attached to it (the load).
2. Great durability: Quality, heavy duty build with strong legs and the ability to withstand being transported between properties and be used frequently.
3. Great extendability: Be capable of extending to the correct height for your exterior and interior property photography shots. You can learn more about those here.
This tripod tops our list. It has extremely good extendability with heights of up to 1.9m which means that it has great scope for your interior photos. You can make easy adjustments of the legs to achieve the extra height you need in rooms like the kitchen.
The tripod has a ball head which means it will offer great movement when you’re making changes to your angles.
Another reason why we love this tripod is its ability to convert into a monopod. The monopod functionality will give the option to take photos at an even greater height which is handy for exterior shots.
The Neewer is a lightweight, carbon fiber tripod weighing just 2kg and also comes with a professional carrying bag.
Manfrotto are a popular brand of tripod and this is one of their better options for estate agent photography.
This tripod extends to heights of 1.51m which means it will provide the height you need for all your interior images. The Manfrotto is known for great stability and quality build which makes it a great option for busy estate agents.
Like the Neewer this tripod has a ball head but comes in slightly lighter at just 1.6kg.
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