May challenge ~ Before and After~Only for you Dick Greenberg

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

It’s fun to take photos and editing is such a creative activity, but, at this time in my career I’ve learned to do what I do best: “List and Sell” and hire the rest! I delegate photos to the professional photographers and love their clear, sharp, creative, HD photos they take for my listings. My sellers are always thrilled and often say …. “Wow these are so good I think I’ll stay!”

Dick Greenberg's  challenge this month is forcing me out of my comfort zone...only for you Dick I’ll complete this challenge!

I used a picture of a home I was going to list for my Comparable Market Report. I was trying not to let the neighbors see me snapping a photo and the time of day was all wrong for lighting (I know why my photographer always asks what direction the home is facing to get the right sun light). I was shooting into the sun and it was kind of overcast so the lighting was bad and the photo was not clear and sharp.

Here is the house before I made it better:

After using 2 programs Pixlr and Ribbet here is the finished photo:


In Pixlr I added blue sky. In Ribbet I went into touch-up and 1.) used the dodging  feature to lighten parts of the sky and 2.) I burned the trees to darken them and the brick side of the house where both were washed out. Then went into the basic edit tool and gave it clarity. Presto! I transformed the photo to a better shot but still nothing like my professional photographer can produce! I'm going to stick with with I do best "List and Sell" and hire the rest! But thank you Dick Greenberg for the challenge!

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU...PHOTOGRAPHY  is a wonderful thing....when someone else does it !

May 16, 2017 04:44 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Oh my gosh Dorie-we are on the same page! I'm going to try Pixlr to add blue sky! And just discovered the dodging and Burn edits when working on my photo! Job well done!!!!

May 16, 2017 04:58 AM #6
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We can all learn a little more when it comes to taking photos.

May 16, 2017 04:59 AM #7
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Dodging and burn are new terms for me, but it certainly worked well for you Dorie!

May 16, 2017 05:14 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Dorie, for sharing your photo editing skills.

May 16, 2017 05:18 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your editing made quite a difference from the original, Dorie!  It takes time to master editing, but it's worth it.

May 16, 2017 05:28 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie -- and you do that "list and sell" thing so well.  Rinse. Repeat.   

May 16, 2017 05:33 AM #11
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Dorie Dillard,

I'll have to check out those 2 programs you shared Although I only use a pro.

May 16, 2017 06:00 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Dorie Dillard,  blue sky sure makes a different.  Good to learn about these techniques.

May 16, 2017 06:17 AM #13
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, I agree with you, list & sell, and hire the rest!   You did a good job with the touch-ups though!  

May 16, 2017 06:28 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You did a great job!  I like the addition of a blue sky!  Was it not already blue out or did the photograph take it away?

May 16, 2017 06:39 AM #15
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, even though this isn't what you do best the transformation is impressive. That blue sky really makes a big difference. I'm with you - list and sell and hire the rest. 

May 16, 2017 07:35 AM #16
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Dorie, Very good. Makes for a nice change and way more dramatic. 

May 16, 2017 08:09 AM #17
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. I see the change and it helps but so would cutting back that tree. :)

May 16, 2017 09:02 AM #18
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nicely done, and I agree the professional photographers are very valuable to us in this business.  A

May 16, 2017 09:07 AM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie, 

It is always a great idea to put our feet in the photographer's shoes. 

May 16, 2017 10:23 AM #20
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Dorie - Your edits made a big difference and were certainly worth a trip outside the comfort zone. Thank you for your entry!

May 16, 2017 01:30 PM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing and you did it well! Nice job!

May 17, 2017 06:25 AM #22
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

You did a wonderful editing job, Dorie.  The difference in sky makes such a big impact on the photo overall.

May 17, 2017 01:17 PM #23
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Dorie, I like adding the blue sky. I haven't used Pixlr and will check it out.

May 23, 2017 07:52 PM #24
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