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Smartphone technology has come a very long way in recent years, making them a more-than-viable option for real estate professionals and real estate photographers to use for both interior and exterior shots.

And while smartphones might not have the flexibility and performance of an interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR or mirrorless system, modern smartphones have quality built-in lenses and sensors with enough resolution to create great-looking shots for online listings.

Consult this quick guide for some critical tips that will allow you to take the best possible photos with your smartphone.

How to Photograph Real Estate With a Smartphone: Hold Your Phone Properly

1. Attach your camera to a tripod

Hand held cameras are great for taking spur of the moment pictures, but a tripod will give you the stability to take clearer, sharper photographs.

2. Switch on all the house lights

Even during the day, having all the lights on in your home will instantly make it look warmer and more appealing.

4. Room preparation

Sometimes called staging, preparing a room is a way of showing how best it can be used. This is very often done by temporarily repositioning furniture in a room and putting lamps on tables and flowers in vases, or setting a table for dinner.

5. Bubble spirit level

To prevent your pictures looking wonky, use a bubble spirit level to ensure your camera is perfectly angled for each room.

6. Take your exterior shots in the morning

Getting up a dawn isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but it’s the ideal time of day to get the best photographs of the outside of a property: dawn light is better and there are fewer people around.

7. Watch how the light hits your house

At different times of the day, and at different times of year, the light will change how your house looks. Take some time to stand outside and see how it looks on different days.

Photography tips by Neil Alexander of

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