Real Estate Photography: DIY or Hire an Expert?

Perhaps the answer to this question is obvious, and it would be to just hire an expert to take photos of your property or real estate if possible. However, if you are still weighing things out, let us take some time to think about and consider the pros and cons of both options you get—to hire a professional photographer or DIY it. 

Advantages of getting an expert photographer 

  • Expert photographers have specialized software and equipment. Usually, they will the best lighting, lenses, camera, and other equipment that can help them deal with any hardships a property may give to them. Moreover, they can help improve your photos and make them appear very awesome through professional editing.  
  • They know how to make every area of your home appear great. Other rooms can be tricky and small to capture. While other rooms can be lacking depth and just plain. An expert photographer naturally knows how to deal with such types of spaces and maximize it. This is because they are equipped to have a critical eye and to utilize staging, angles, and lighting in ways you’ve ever thought of.  
  • Your property will be sold a lot faster. In fact, photos that are professionally taken have been recognized to sell houses at least 32 percent faster than the usual photos taken by amateurs.  

Disadvantages of getting an expert photographer 

  • Quality photos take time. If you consider hiring an expert photographer, you will have to book for the shoot and will eventually ask you to wait for 1-2 weeks to allow time to edit it. This isn’t a great option if you want to have your property sold ASAP 
  • False expectations. There will be times when pictures do not totally reflect the home’s reality. Sometimes, potential buyers tend to get disappointed after knowing that their expectation from seeing the photos is very different from reality.  

Advantages of DIY photography 

  • Cheaper. When you capture your own photos, you can absolutely save some bucks that you would have otherwise paid for a professional photography service.  
  • Fast results. Apparently, taking your own photos is a lot quicker. No schedule will be involved and you don’t have to wait for the photographer to edit your pictures and resend them to you for about 1-2 weeks.  


  • Time-consuming. Capturing the property pictures yourself may mean that you get the outcome a lot faster. However, it also indicates that you will need to consume some of your time to capture and edit such pictures- the time that you can potentially spend to close more deals or follow up with your database.  
  • Image quality. Not if you have been trained to do photography, you will never achieve similar image quality that an expert photography would.  

Now that you know the pros and cons of both options, now is the time to decide which one you must opt for. If you are interested to get San Francisco real estate photography, feel free to reach us and ask for estimates for free today.  


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