May Challenge- Before and After
Barbara Todaro likes to say...the eyes buy. And never is that truer than when it comes to home staging.
What staging does is to show the possibilities of a
property and enhance the perceived value of a home.
Basically, what we do is make sure that your eyes like what they see.
For my purposes in staging, it would not be very cost effective for me to use a professional photographer. However, I do want good photographs for my website and blog.
So, when Dick Greenberg asked us to share in his May contest post a photo of a room and what we used to enhance the photograph I poured through my photos.
It didn’t take long because one thing that has bothered me in some of my photographs is the wrinkled bedding.
When I could, I used an iron or Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Usually, the wrinkles were gone by the next day but often not in time for photos.
This is from my first vacant staging in Palm Beach County. This was in 2008 and the condo had been on the market for a year. The owner finally told his agent to get it staged.
I had to work quickly because the agent had an Open House scheduled two days after our staging date.
The changes are very minimal but I feel better about the picture.
I used Ribbet and have been since Picnik left us in 2012.
I used something I normally use when editing photos of people. It is the Touch Up Tool and under it, I used the Wrinkle Releaser. Under the same tool, I used the Dodging Tool to lighten specific areas of the photo.
Using Ribbet’s Basic Edits, I also Resized the photo to better fit our blog editor, used the Sharpen tool to fix the clarity of the photo, and the Exposure tool to adjust what highlights I could.
Finally, I chose a Mirror Frame for the final touch.
As a note, the basic edits for Ribbet are free, but some of the tools I used are with the Premium version which is $29.95 a year and well worth it.
I only wish that ironing at home were this easy!