1. Make Good Use of That Tripod.
What’s it even there for if you never use it; am I right? Pull out that sucker and show the positioning field of scope what it’s all about, my friend; you’ve got the power. HDR techniques are especially useful with a good tripod by your side. There’s so much more that a tripod allows you to do as it frees your hands and mind even more.
2. Bring Plenty of Flashes with You.
You never know when you’ll need them, and it’s usually when you least expect to use them. This has been the case with multiple new or seasoned photographers, and a good real estate photographer should be no less professional when he takes that money shot.
Whether in daylight or night-time darkness, you’ll be prepared.
3. Work within a Specified Contract, and Never Let It Leave Your Side.
As obvious as this fact would appear to most, you would be surprised to note the number of people that often fails to consider it or value its importance. The result is astounding, yet the simple point must be likewise repeated: Always read the fine print and understand it first. Never enter a contract until you’re fully certain of its terms and implications even if you assume that you know every dot and tittle. It never hurts to ask before signing away; in fact, it’s your right to do so. Keep your contract with you in case you need to review or address a part of it to the client.
4. Be Flexible and Relax: You’ve Got This. Open Yourself to the Possibilities.
The f word is key in this industry, and I don’t mean the f word that you’re probably thinking of: I refer to flexibility. This is an industry that requires much re-scheduling, re-shooting, re-pricing and overall re-planning. Are you prepared to handle such a flow? If not, then this may not be the best choice of careers for you. Sometimes the client or your boss will say, “Scratch that” and begin a new line of thought, leaving you scrambling to pick up the pieces within the looming deadline.
5. Make Pre-Set Editing a Friend.
This saves you both time and extra effort in the long run. Different cameras have varied settings for this with some far more elaborate than others and others far more elusive – yet nearly all professional cameras feature these settings unless yours was made before 1990 or some similar time. All joking aside, this is the first thing that you should do after you get your new camera: Learn its settings and features as you diligently browse that manual. Memorize the pre-set options so that you can use them as needed, and then apply them to your settings manually or automatically.