23.12.2021

6 tips on how and why you should use a tripod

Whatever type of listing you’re creating, there’s a tool that you can’t - and shouldn’t - avoid when taking photos: the tripod.

“As a real estate and commercial photographer, I always bring a tripod with me to each of the photo shoots I do.”

Juanjo Sobrino, professional photographer, shares his top six reasons why you should always use a tripod to take the best quality photos. Using a tripod:

1. Helps take straight photos

The tripod will help you take straight photos, with improved lines that can be easily corrected in post production.

When buying a tripod, make sure it comes with an integrated bubble level. It seems like a simple detail, but not all tripods on the market, especially the lower-end ones, come with a built-in bubble level. I use Nodalview’s tripod with a bubble level to photograph many of my real estate projects.

 

Photograph of Nodalview tripod with integrated bubble levelPhotograph of Nodalview tripod with integrated bubble level

2. Using a tripod lets you take long exposure photos

Using a tripod lets you take long exposure photos for:

  • Photos in areas of the house where the light is not bright: like a corridor, staircase or basement.
  • Night photos: a style that is starting to trend in real estate, especially on social media platforms like Instagram.

 

Photograph of Nodalview tripodPhotograph of Nodalview tripod

3. Combining the natural light of the scene with artificial light lets you get the best result

Even when there is natural light, I often take pictures in houses combining the natural light of the scene with artificial light.

When I put my camera on long exposure on a tripod, I get an effect that I find very aesthetic. It consists of getting a "star" or artificial light that creates a nice effect in the photograph. It enhances your photo thanks to the combination of your tripod and long exposure.

 

Photograph of the result obtained with Nodalview Photograph of the result obtained with Nodalview 

4. The tripod lets you capture a much wider view of the scene

The tripod lets you have a much wider view of the scene by not needing to constantly compose photos through the camera's viewfinder.

Shooting with a tripod and a "direct viewfinder" camera mode, like the one I get on my smartphone, makes me focus more on the details. This means I get a better understanding of the architecture, aesthetics and lines of the scene and therefore of the photo I want to take.

 

Photo of the use of Nodalview materialPhoto of the use of Nodalview material

5. The tripod lets you photograph with your camera in timer mode

The tripod lets you photograph with your camera in timer mode. This is important as it gives you time to set up and leave the scene at the desired moment.

This is very practical when photographing a 360° panorama, as well as when you’re avoiding being visible in the reflection of a mirror. Every property has mirrors, glasses and other types of reflective surfaces - the best, qualitative picture will be the one where your buyer doesn't see you in them.

 

Photo of the Nodalview solutionPhoto of the Nodalview solution

6. The tripod is the essential tool to generate other types of content

Taking photos of your listing is important but creating enhanced content like video, 360° panoramas or even virtual tours will bring your ads to the next level. This type of content can’t be produced hands-free and you'll always need a steady base.

Therefore, the tripod is essential to capture innovative and interactive content. You can also add a rotating motor to your tripod to take panoramas simply and easily.

 

Photo of the Nodalview rotorPhoto of the Nodalview rotor

In conclusion, as I said at the beginning of this article, "always take your tripod with you".

Do you have any other reasons for using a tripod I might have missed? Let us know so we can share with our community.

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Juanjo Sobrino

Professional Photographer in Malaga and Marbella, I have been photographing for companies looking for images that excite, transmit and sell.

In brief

WHY SHOULD YOU USE THE SELF-TIMER MODE FOR YOUR PHOTOS?

Photographing with your camera in self-timer mode lets you leave the scene at the desired moment, preventing you from being reflected in photographs.

HOW DOES THE TRIPOD LET YOU HAVE A MUCH WIDER VIEW OF THE SCENE?

The tripod lets you have a much wider view of the scene by avoiding having to constantly compose photos through the camera's viewfinder.
Shooting with a tripod and a "direct viewfinder" camera mode, like the one on your smartphone from the Nodalview app, makes you focus more on the details. So you get a better understanding of the architecture, aesthetics and lines of the scene and the of photograph you want to take.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS USE A TRIPOD IN REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY?

- The tripod helps you to take straighter photos.
- Using a tripod lets you take long exposure photos.
- Combining the natural light of the scene with the artificial light lets you have a very aesthetic result.
- The tripod lets you capture a much wider view of the scene.
- The tripod lets you photograph with your camera in timer mode.
- The tripod is the essential tool to generate other types of innovative content from your smartphone or camera.