Well, I've been lurking in the background on Active Rain for some time now and finally decided to create my own account instead of using my agents. I love photography, video, and the marketing aspect of Real Estate so my job besides being personal assistant to our property manager is Social Media and Marketing.
I've spent hours looking through blogs and vlogs searching for the in's and out's of Real Estate marketing and have found so many useful items that I took to heart. The differences in between some of our photos in before and afters is amazing, and its thanks to you here at Active Rain that we've been able to take that next step.
Before (taken by another Agent):
We went from a Casio Exilim (of which I had even heard of before I started here) that took blurry pictures even if on a tripod to a Kodak z981 which even if it isn't a true DSLR is as close as we can get for the price.
The range on this camera is wonderful and I am still playing with the settings to see what I can capture.
Personal images aside, here is a question for you. When is it okay and not to doctor a photo? Personally we had to take a photo of the house mentioned before that was being offered for sale and since we do property management we can't use the photo that has a "For Sale by XXXXX" on the MLS for obvious reasons. I was able to doctor our photograph to take the sign out:
So, what happens in homes? Do agents take out faults in properties? Or leave issues in their images? I am personally leaning towards it's not right to take out faults so that prospective buyers or renters know what they're getting involved in, but does it deter prospectives from even giving the home a chance?
What are your views?