You’ve seen photo apps and comparisons in the past, but I am fully convinced that I can take better photos with my iPhone than just about anyone with a DSLR. I know that’s a bold statement, but I just got a new toy/attachment for my iPhone that is absolutely amazing for photography and video.
I’m talking about the OWLE Bubo by ALM.
This thing takes amazing wide angle photos, which is especially important for the small rooms we have to work with in real estate. See the difference between non-wide angle and wide angle here:
While the wide angle is cool, what most people don’t realize, is the wide angle lens lets in a significantly greater amount of light.
Here’s where it gets interesting…While the above photo is “ok”, using a simple app called Camera+ for only $.99, we’re able to easily edit our photos right on the iPhone and give them a much need enhancement!
Check out the difference here:
So agents, there is no excuse for terrible pictures! You’re only hurting yourself! I’m sure if you’re a professional photographer, you can pick apart my photos and why they suck, but take a look at my original photo above, to the end result…huge difference!
Spend some money and get an OWLE Bubo here: http://www.cameta.com/ALM-OWLE-Bubo-Stabilizer-Mount-with-Video-Lens-Mic-for-iPhone-4-4S-Black-62911.cfm
If that’s not in your budget, at least get the Camera+ app above for $.99!
I would also strongly encourage you to get a tripod mount (ONLY if you’re not getting the OWLE) like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Neat-Glif-iPhone-4S/dp/B0052G679K
As well as a monopod or tripod…I use this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755445-REG/Manfrotto_MMC3_02_MMC3_02_Compact_Monopod_Gray_.html
I found that in less than ten minutes, I was able to create a professional looking video for my Beavercreek RE/MAX Office using nothing but my iPhone. Here is the example. Read below to see how I did it.
So using an iPhone 4s (I promise I’m not trying to leave you android fans out!), I downloaded an app called iMovie. If you’re at all familiar with Apple product, you’ve surely stumbled upon this program at one time or another. While the desktop version is fantastic, and I’ve began using it almost exclusively the mobile app is icing on the cake! I downloaded the iPad version about 8 months ago, but found I didn’t have much use for it because I was using an android phone, and there was really no good way for me to get my video from one device to the other. Now that I have an iPhone, I rejoice in the ability and quantity of apps to do things like this:
I’ve had a lot of real estate agents ask me if they should buy an iPad…the answer is yes! But wait a month or two, the new one will be out in April! It’s going to be faster, lighter, all around better and feature a front facing camera for the ever important and industry future, video chat.
The iPad has been crucial for our recruiting, training, and as a showcase of our technical abilities. In other words, it still has the “WOW” factor for agents and potential home buyers and sellers alike. While it’s not a substitute for your everyday laptop, you shouldn’t ever lose a listing presentation with one of these in your arsenal! $500 well spent!
As for the new Verizon iPhone…
It’s not really new, it primarily the same as the AT&T, but with much better service (insert caveat here). My business partner Scott joined the masses and made the iPhone carrier switch, and I must say his quality of service has vastly improved! Where he previously dropped the same call 3-4 times during one conversation, he now has crystal clear conversations.
- You cannot talk and check your email or surf the web at the same time
- Even though it is the iPhone 4, it is not 4G LTE (this is probably the biggest drawback IMO. LTE is Verizon’s new “really fast” network…think faster than your home internet, and their 3g is “really slow”. I’m a T-Mobile Android user, but I’ve performed speedtest on just about every network, and Verizon 3G is usually at the bottom.
- The new iPhone is just around the corner! While the iPhone 4 is awesome, the new one will most likely be out this summer and is rumored to be 4G, and have an integrated payment system in it called NFC (Near Field Communication) which basically will let you use it as a credit card at most stores (in the future). I’m sure it will have some other fancy upgrades…maybe (fingers crossed) 1080P HD video recording
So in summary, be patient! I know if you’re a tech and gadget junkie like me it’s nearly impossible, but great things are around the corner and it’s hard to justify buying a nearly year old product when things are changing so quickly!