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How to Take Professional Photos on Your iPhone or Android Phone

September 30 2020

Want to market your property like a professional but can't find (or get access to) a good photographer? Or maybe you're simply looking for an innovative way to take real estate photos yourself and save a few dollars. Well, get excited because today, we're going to teach you how to shoot real estate like a professional using only your smartphone!

In this article, you're going to learn:

  • Why you need to be shooting bracketed photos for real estate
  • How to easily set up bracketing on your iPhone and Android
  • How to have your photos edited professionally (for only $1.60 per photo!)

Why You Need to Be Shooting Bracketed Photos for Real Estate

Bracketing is essentially where you take multiple photos from the same angle at various exposures. The photos are then blended to create a final shot that looks true to the eye. This is essential when marketing real estate as it's the only way to represent your property correctly.

To illustrate this point, let's say you're marketing a property that has a beautiful view outside. If you don't use bracketing, the window detail will be blown out in your photo, which will retract from a major selling point of the property. By using bracketing, you'll essentially capture all of the detail required and, once blended, the result will be a stunning photo true to the eye which showcases the stunning view outside.

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How to Easily Set Up Bracketing on Your iPhone

To set up bracketing on your iPhone, you'll need to download an app called CameraPixels PRO (which costs $10) on the App Store. There is a free version called CameraPixels Lite, but we don't recommend it as it has limited functionality. After downloading CameraPixels PRO, you'll need to enter the settings below:

1) Open up CameraPixels PRO

  • Click on ISO and set to 20 (this is very important)
  • Click on Mode
  • Click on Bracketing
  • Click on Set

2) Under "Image"

  • Resolution: 12.2MP x 4032 x 3024
  • Crop: 4:3
  • Quality: 100%
  • Stabilisation: On

3) Under "Bracket"

  • Type: Exposure
  • Image Count: 7 Images
  • EV Step: 1.0 F-Stop
  • Flash: Off

4) Under "Intervalometer"

  • Timer: 1 Sec
  • Image Count: Single
  • Lapse: 1 Sec
  • Click Save As Preset
  • Give the Preset a name

Now when you take a photo, it'll shoot seven shots automatically! Just make sure you always use a tripod when bracketing, as all the exposures need to align up perfectly.

iPhones Models We Recommend

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone X (with Moment wide-angle lens)

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How to Easily Set Up Bracketing on Your Android

You'll need to download an app called "Manual Cam" on Google Play.

The free version is fine to use. Below are instructions on how to setup Manual Cam on your Android phone.

1) Open Manual Cam
2) At the top left, click On "RAW" or "JPG" symbol. Set it for JPG.
3) At the top right, click on the "Clock" symbol. Set for 3 seconds.
4) At the bottom left, click on the "AW" symbol. Set White Balance to Auto.
5) At the bottom middle, click on the "AF" symbol. Ensure it is set for Auto Focus.
6) At the bottom right, click on the "- +" symbol. Set ISO for 40.
7) At the bottom right, click on the "mountain" icon. Set to BRK.

  • Set exposure bracketing to 5F and 3.0

8) At bottom right, click on the "Cog" symbol.

  • Image quality is 100%
  • Timer – 1 second
  • Image Count – Single
  • Lapse – OFF

Now when you take a photo, the phone will automatically shoot five brackets at various exposures! Just keep in mind when shooting, you must always use a tripod to ensure all the brackets align up perfectly.

Android Phones We Recommend

  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 (with wide-angle Moment lens)

Note: At the time of writing this article, there are no apps available on Android (including Manual Cam) that will allow you to shoot bracketed whilst utilizing the phone's wide-angle lens.

How to Have Your Photos Edited Professionally

Once you've taken your shots, you'll need to get them edited and blended professionally. To do this, you'll need to use our Image Enhancement (HDR Bracketed Images) edit, which only costs $1.60 per photo edited.

After transferring the photos from your phone to your computer, you'll need to:

1) Sign in to BoxBrownie.com
2) On the Dashboard, click on Image Enhancement
3) Under Image Enhancement: HDR Bracketed Images, click on Add New Job
4) Enter in your Job Title, Number Of Outputs and Additional Information
5) Select which of the 16 steps you would like applied to your images
6) Upload your images then click Next
7) Submit your job

Within 24 hours, you'll receive an email containing a link to your completed photos.

Conclusion

Marketing a property professionally is now extremely affordable and accessible. All you need is a late model smartphone and a bracketing app to unlock this insane functionality. Bracketing combined with our Image Enhancement (HDR Bracketed Images) edit is essential to produce a final shot that looks true to the eye. Every real estate professional needs to be using this technique to ensure their listing is represented correctly.

BoxBrownie.com is currently offering a free virtual staging edit (valued at $32) to every RE Technology member (new accounts only). This offer expires on October 30. Click here to claim your free virtual staging edit.

To view the original article, visit the BoxBrownie blog.