Photo Editing Comments?

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty

I edited the first picture in photo shop.  Basically I took out the shadows and lightened the fence and the bushes in front.  I needed it to look more like the day then night.  I have been to this house at three different times of the day and can't get a decent shot because of the sun.  This is about the best.  The first picture is at 4:30 pm and the second was around 11 am.  I am thinking I need to go back around 5:30 or so.  The first picture is taken with a 16:9 ratio which is what you see on High Definition TV's.  I am starting to use it because I like the way the picture looks and it goes good with virtural tours.  Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads.  This site is updated daily with new real estate listings, pictures and other information vital to your home search.

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Diane Testa
Mullica Hill, NJ

I like the coloring in the first shot, but the angle is better in the second. In the second picture you cannot see the house behind or the electrical boxes in the yard, but the spot in the driveway is distracting. I have to do that sometimes too... people don't realize the trouble we go through sometimes.

Feb 11, 2008 12:01 PM #1
Dick Betts
Dick Betts National Speaker - The Villages, FL
National Speaker to the Real Estate Industry
Nice job! 
Feb 11, 2008 12:02 PM #2
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy
I agree with Diane the composition is better in the second shot, good work
Feb 11, 2008 12:14 PM #3
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
You are right.  I didn't think about the house behind in the first picture.  I was more interested in getting the picture to pop better.  The dark spots on the driveway in the second picture is just moister from the morning even though it was late morning.  I guess the cars collect moister around them. 
Feb 11, 2008 01:57 PM #5
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

That is a huge difference and it makes all the difference!

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Feb 11, 2008 10:53 PM #6
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX


I like the shadows in the first photo.  They show depth and that the front of the house is not boring and flat.  Having some sun on the house also makes it much cheerier along with the pretty blue sky.

I often use PAP (Pole Aerial Photography) and think it not only will make the picture stand out from most others in the MLS, but I think it makes the house look better.  These pictures look like you are shooting up hill to the house causing the vertical lines on each side of the house to lean inwards (this is very slight).  Taking the picture straight on will correct this.  Yes I know it can be corrected in Photoshop as well.

Here’s what you do.  Put the camera on your tripod.  Set the camera timer and hold the bottom of the tripod above your head.  This will put the camera about 10 feet above the ground changing the perspective of the photo and you won’t have to use Photoshop to straighten any walls, because they will be straight.



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Photoshop correction 

Feb 11, 2008 11:33 PM #7
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Applause characterGene - It is difficult to get realtors to realize what a difference even simple post processing of their images on computer can do.  Your shots show the tremendous impact which you achieved.  Clearly a cut above the typical MLS photo.  Thanks for the tips.


Lee - that is twice today I have had to thank you for very good advice offering an inexpensive solution to a problem.  If you keep writing,  I will keep reading.  I might learn something here, if I am not careful.


Feb 11, 2008 11:56 PM #8
Bart Olszewski
Keller Williams Landmark II - Jackson Heights, NY

Good job using photoshop, also I like Lee's idea about using the tripod overhead to achive straight lines, can't afford tilt shift lenses.

Feb 13, 2008 02:46 AM #9
John Hokkanen - Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Real Estate

Here a just a few comments....As far as composition goes, I like the second picture because the house hides the home behind it.  The first photo makes you wonder how close the two homes are.  The main tradeoff is that you get a lot of driveway, which is nowhere near as appealing as the grass.  I also like a straight-on shot of the front door where possible.  Not being able to see the front door can be a no-no for some people.  If your wide angle shot permits it, I would move up towards the home, staying centered on the grass.  This will continue to shield the neighbor's house with the one you are photographing.  As for time of day, definitely the 4:30 photo will be a lot easier to work with than an 11am shot because of the white sky due to the sun.  If you have a polarizing lens, you could use that, and this could help a lot in this regard.  Finally, if the client has an 8 ft ladder handy, you might also climb the ladder to give it a little bit of an aerial view, which I think could look really nice with this home.  Anyway, just a few ideas. 

John Hokkanen

Feb 13, 2008 09:43 AM #10
Blatt + Cutino
Keller Williams Coastal Estates - Monterey, CA
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Great post.
Feb 17, 2008 11:29 PM #11
Dave Sulvetta
Dave Sulvetta, ReMax Connection, Gloucester County Realtor - Sewell, NJ
Mar 05, 2008 09:05 AM #12
Ryan Vivo
Gateway Realty - Fairfield, CA
NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894
Great tips John!  It really sounds like you know what your talking about. 
Mar 09, 2008 05:42 PM #13
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