If you read our “Keep Straight Lines Straight” tip, then you’ve already heard a lot of the rationale behind using a tripod for real estate photography. If you haven’t read that tip yet, I’d highly suggest devoting a few minutes of your time to doing so.
There are a couple of other reasons why we recommend using a tripod besides helping you keep your straight lines straight:
If you’re using a DSLR to photograph homes, then be sure to purchase a quality tripod. A $30 tripod from Best Buy isn’t going to cut it. They are too lightweight and will topple over at the slightest bump. Don’t risk breaking your expensive camera and lens in order to save $100 or so. You can get a great entry-level tripod for around $130 on Amazon. The one I normally recommend is the Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head.