Last year we teamed up with Mike Kelley to produce the 7+ hour tutorial: How To Photograph Real Estate, Architecture and Interiors. We were fearful that Mike's fancy equipment would be discouraging to new photographers so we asked Mike if he could create a signature image with much cheaper gear. Mike shot an incredible, world class image with the original Canon Rebel and kit lens and only a few accessories.
Let's first break down every piece of gear Mike used in this video.
Canon Digital Rebel T1i - $200
Canon 18-55mm kit lens - included with camera
Nikon SB-80DX or similar Yongnuo 560 flash - $70
Camranger - $300
Any Tripod - $15
To use the Camranger you will need a laptop or smartphone but we assume most people today already own that so we didn't include it in the cost. The biggest expense is the Camranger which I must say is one of the coolest products available to photographers right now. This type of image could be created without it but this product makes it infinitely easier.
I personally thought that this extremely old/cheap camera would struggle to shoot a clean image when it got dark outside but shooting with a longer exposure allowed Mike to keep the ISO relatively low. The final product is an incredible example of the photographer being the true image maker and not the camera.
I was extremely impressed with this image and I think Mike proved that you don't need the most expensive gear available to take world class images. This house was the most expensive house on all of James Island in South Carolina. The house had been on the market for over 1 year and hadn't been visited once. After Mike's pictures of the house were uploaded online, 5 people visited the house within the first month and the house quickly sold for a record setting 3.5 million dollars. The Realtor in town attributes the sale of this record setting house 100% to Mike's images.
After Mike went back to California this same Realtor started hiring me to take similar images of his other homes. You can read about that here.
If you'd like to learn more about the full 7.5 hour tutorial you can read and watch the full promo here.