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Before and After

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The before's are the agent's shots; the afters are mine--and I'll let you guess which are the befores and which are the afters.

How much did it cost the agent? $79. Is it worth it? I think so. Do you? 

 

Before

After

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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Oh my goodness. There is simply no comparison. Awesome job. Sounds like a favorable cost as well.

Oct 29, 2009 04:55 AM
Peter - Toronto Real Estate Photo & Video
StoneHome Photo & Video - Toronto, ON

Thank you.

Oct 29, 2009 12:16 PM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Peter > Excellent job! Good lighting makes all the difference.

Oct 31, 2009 11:23 AM
Monica Stanciu
Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc. - Markham, ON
Staged 2 Sell Solutions, Markham, ON

Hi Peter!

 

These are great photos, indeed the good lighting is a major key when it comes to good photography.

I will contact you to discuss your services.

Nov 03, 2009 10:45 PM
Peter - Toronto Real Estate Photo & Video
StoneHome Photo & Video - Toronto, ON

Thanks Janet and Monica. Yes, do contact me for any photography or videography! 

Nov 04, 2009 07:50 AM
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

Why don't people turn on all the lights when they take photos? 
There's no comparison.  Great job.... and yes, definitely worth the cost - and more.

 

Nov 06, 2009 05:57 AM
Marcia Hawken
WILLIAM RAVEIS - Naples, FL
Naples Luxury Specialist

Peter, Great examples.  The picture taking is one thing but how you have edited it is another.  Wow, I would fly you down to Naples if you could do those kinds of pictures.  Winter is coming!  LOL

Nov 07, 2009 09:28 PM
Peter - Toronto Real Estate Photo & Video
StoneHome Photo & Video - Toronto, ON

Sylvie: Good question. When I think about, I also ask, why don't people use a diffused flash, why don't they get a proper full-frame SLR with a wide-angle lens, why don't they keep their verticals straight, why don't they set their white balance, why don't they lower their perspective, why don't they compose properly, etc, etc. Basically, it's because they don't know what they are doing. And why is that? Because they don't care or they don't have the patience to learn. We can all do things better if we took the time to learn how to do them, but that's what professionals are for--they are dedicated to their speciality and as such spare you from having to learn all of those little details that took that professional years to develop.

To flip it around, I could ask the next person selling their house, "why don't you just do it yourself. you don't need a realtor, do you?" Well, there you go. That's the problem. People think it's just a matter of putting up a sign and an add, and badaboom, sold. Mmmhm. Right. You realtors know better than I do that it's much more than that, even though at times it seems easy. The mark of a professional is that s/he creates great work with ease. A professional photographer makes taking photos look like child's play. In and out in no time. A professional realtor likewise makes their work seem effortless and easy. A good lawyer will fly through a 20 pages contract like it's a comic book and point out all the inconsistencies or flaws. And they'll do this easily. 

Good photography is the same. It seems easy--click, click, and voila. But it's actually the years and countless trial and error, volumes of books and research, months of in field experience, that represents the talent. It's not the damn camera people. Just like it's not the lawyers expensive tie nor the doctors scalpel that make them professionals. It's the experience that counts. Oh, but I know that I will still hear the common, "No thanks. We don't need a photographer. We have a good camera." Oh the horror. :) 

Thanks for the comment and sorry for ranting.

 

Marcia: Yes, quite a bit goes into editing these photos. Sometimes it's a simple whitebalance correction, other times it's a more complex shadows adjustment or perspective correction. It's part of the job. :)

Nov 08, 2009 01:37 AM
Anonymous
Steve Hartwell

I agree the after photos all lit up and showing more of the rooms and adjacent rooms are far more revealing, but,

I would rather live in the before than the after

the before hits me as cozy and real and liveable

the after photos look like sterile operating rooms at a hospital - someplace I never want to be

Oct 05, 2011 05:53 AM
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