3 Smartphone Apps That Will Take Your Real Estate Photography to the Next Level
So far, we’ve talked about the benefits of smartphone photography for realtors, some accessories that will make your phone more powerful for real estate photography, and now, we will be discussing apps that will help you take your photography to the next level.
HDR Pro X
This app gives you that “high dynamic range” look you’re typically looking for in real estate photography. HDR is essentially a technique that helps even out the light by combining multiple photos into one, properly exposed photo. In order to shoot an HDR photo with professional gear, I often shoot 6 or so photos of the same shot, one properly exposed photo, then photos that are too dark and too light, and combine them all into one photo. With the HDR Pro X app, it does the all work for you, so there’s no need to shoot multiple photos and combine them. Then, after the photo is taken, it allows you to control the brightness and the tones after the photo is taken. If you’re an Android user, the alternative to this app is called HDR Pro Camera.
This is a photo editing app for iPhone and Android that gives you all the editing tools that you could ever want. If your photo is too dark or you want to brighten the colors a bit, this app will allow you to do that pretty easily. Not only that, if your photos are at all warped or crooked, you can fix and straighten the perspective. As far as mobile photo editing apps, Snapseed gives you the greatest amount of tools and control over your mobile photography, and is the most well-rounded photo editing app around.
Built in Editing Tools
Photo software on smartphones has gotten so powerful, that it's not always necessary to need fancy apps for editing. Between companies like Google and Apple purchasing a lot of these app companies, they've really developed some excellent built-in editing tools over the years. Often times, when you’re shooting in a dark room, even utilizing the HDR Pro X app, you need to brighten it up a bit. The problem with adding light to photos is that a little goes a long way, and a photo can begin to fall apart if you’re too heavy handed with raising the exposure. For instance, the built in “light” toggle in Apple Photos, is a very controlled, even way to brighten up a photo to a satisfying level. That particular tool, which is already on your iPhone, has saved me multiple times when I just needed a little bit of a boost. Features like this are just more proof that you don’t always need the fanciest equipment or apps in order to make great work.
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