What is the Most Difficult Image To Shoot
The picture above was from a listing that sold in 1 week back in 2014. This picture still holds the record for time to process a picture. Every one of those reflections had to be taken out. I help my husband take the pictures. He has a powerful flash unit on a coiled cord that can be removed from the base of the camera and pointed anywhere. I usually help hold the flash. I remember taking about 6 different angles of this bath. None of them were going to be acceptable without a lot of fixing. This was a bath that needed a flash. The most difficult part on this picture was pasting the individual tile squares to completely eliminate the reflections. Also the light fixture created a challenge as well.
The image below was processed through 2 separate programs. Aperture, which is a Mac
program, is very rarely used anymore. It was used to clone parts of a picture to eliminate
elements that need to be taken out of a picture. PhotoShop is now used for that purpose in
a more effective way. The other program helped to change the perspective to make the
lines in the picture straighten out the bends and angles of a wide angle shot. LightRoom
currently does this in a more effective and efficient way. Also it is much faster! This
picture took as much time to process as all the rest of the listing pics!
Here is the "After" Image
The programs and applications today are fabulous to make your listing pics pop.
Dick Greenberg did a nice blog post explaining LightRoom. You can find the post here if
you missed it. "For Love or Money"
Here is a bathroom from my latest listing at 25 Pueblo Trail. My husband told me he used
the graduated filter and adjustment brush as well as exposure and temperature (white
balance) adjustments. A little sharpening, dehaze and clarity and the picture is
The above image did not take long to correct but was not acceptable in this form. Again,
glass and mirror create areas of light diffusion or the illusion of distance and the flash or
light does not get through, which forces the photographer to use an exposure brush.
The above image was shot using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 16 to 24 mm zoom lens. At the
widest opening, the photographer needs to be even with the bathroom sink to keep the
distortion at a minimum. When using a wide angle lens, it is always best to use through
the lens viewing to get the best perspective.
Every picture is put through LightRoom program and adjustments outside the camera are made.
Many professional photographers will have customized settings in their cameras to minimize out of the
camera processing. Personally, my husband prefers using LR to make the final adjustments to the
image. Most images take less than 5 minutes an image to process. However, some images with lots of
glass or windows can take up to 20 minutes to process but it is like you are in the room looking through
You can see the entire listing above in much larger images. Find Listing Images Here
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