photography: Photo Optimizing and Enhancing – A Viable Service? - 12/13/09 02:09 AM
This is really a question for any listing agents out there. Would it be of value to have a resource that could take your photos and correct, optimize, or enhance them to make them more professional looking?
The reason I’m asking is because lately we’ve had quite a few people contact us about helping them with their photos. We’ve been helping them, but it’s not something we normally offer. So, we are considering it as an additional service – which is why I’m asking your thoughts and opinions.
Here’s the type of requests we have been receiving…
Adding a watermark to … (12 comments)

photography: CPG Tours – Shameless Self-Promotion - 10/22/09 12:51 AM
I know, I know… this is nothing but shameless self-promotion. But hopefully I’ve posted enough tutorials and other information that you’ll forgive me this time.
It’s just that we rolled out a new version of our tours and are pretty excited about them. They will now allow higher resolution photos, and a few other cool things. Bottom line, they are now even higher quality than they were before.
And as you may know, these are tours agents create themselves using their own photos.
Please take a look and let us know what you think. We would appreciate your feedback.
Sample Tour:

photography: Wordless Wednesday - Just another sunset - 10/14/09 03:35 AM
Okay, as with my last ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post, this is not one of my shots. It’s just one I did retouching work on. I love to play with Photoshop and see what can be done to an image. But this one was pretty amazing to start with. So, that made it easier.

CPG Tours UPDATE: Within the next few days we will be launching a new version of our tours, which will be scalable allowing full-screen tours and higher resolution photos. 
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photography: Quick Fix: Overexposed and Underexposed Photos - 03/17/09 10:14 AM
With most any photo correction or retouching there are always a variety of ways to do it. And when it comes to photos that are overexposed or underexposed, it’s no different. But this technique is so quick and easy, I hesitate to even call it a tutorial. And it can be done in Photoshop CS and Elements. It doesn’t always work with every photo, but it’s definitely worth a try. And when it does work, you can achieve these kinds of results in a matter of a few seconds – literally.
I should point out, these are just a couple of … (32 comments)

photography: Quick Fix: What’s outside those overexposed windows? (Technique #1) - 02/27/09 12:13 AM
Go from this-to-this with only ONE PHOTO. It’s quick and it’s easy to do.
Ah, yes...overexposed windows. This seems to be one of the most common problems you see in many listing photos. Images where the room exposure looks good, but the windows are overexposed. Or, you can see what’s outside just fine, but the room is underexposed and way too dark. But we’ll talk about fixing that in a different tutorial
The reason this happens is simply because the light coming through the window is brighter than the light inside the house. And if you were a professional photographer, with the … (68 comments)

photography: Quick Fix: That ugly yellow / orange cast in my pictures… - 02/22/09 01:46 AM
If you take your own photos, you’ve no doubt had it happen. The photo looked great in the viewfinder, or on the LCD. But when you downloaded it, it had that yellow or orange cast to it. And you may have thought, “Oh, no. This shot is ruined.”
Well, that’s what we’re going to fix in this tutorial.
The reason the yellow or orange cast happens is simply because the ‘white balance’ was off in your camera when you took the picture. And I could get into a long discussion about color temperatures of incandescent light, fluorescent light, daylight, etc. But for … (35 comments)


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