The Return of the No-No Photos

Services for Real Estate Pros with George Sheldon Photographer

A couple of months ago, I was posting what I called the "no-no" photos. A book project and working on virtual tours kept me busy. So the no-no photos faded away. And just when you thought it safe, here comes some more!

No-no photos are what not to do to sell/market a property. Here are some examples sent to me by an out-of-state associate:



Both of these images were used in an advertisement that said "the walls are not yellow, even though they appear to be so in the pictures." 

Translation: my white balance on my camera is so messed up that I can't figure out how to fix it.

A pair of true no-no photos!


(don't you love the way the walls are leaning in the first shot?)

Comments (12)

Katy Schaff
Boise's Best Real Estate - Boise, ID
Hilarious.  Poor soul.
Feb 28, 2008 07:23 AM
Keith Berne
RE/MAX Equity Group, Inc. - Portland, OR
Real Estate Broker, Realtor, GRI
time for the professional photographer!
Feb 28, 2008 07:30 AM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
Thanks, the post was good for a chuckle. In the past I did my own photos and did a fair job. I now use a professional photographer and it shows!
Feb 28, 2008 07:38 AM
Richard Parr
ADT Security Services - Slidell, LA
Home Security Specialist - Greater New Orleans, Louisiana
I love the vacuum in the first pic.  How difficult would it have been to move it while taking the pictures?  At least there may have been an effort to clean.  lol  Wow, those are some bad photos!  It is really not that hard to take good pics, you just need to have some common sense and take a little care in what you do.
Feb 28, 2008 07:39 AM
Linda Sticklin
Home Staging & Organizing - Berwyn, PA
There are realtors that see the value of professional photography & videography to more effectively market their client's property and those that do not. This one is obviously in the second category.
Feb 28, 2008 09:34 AM
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC
Oh my, time to reset the camera or the photographer!
Feb 28, 2008 11:37 AM
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX
(1)Turn on the lights, (2)set to auto, (3)turn off the flash, (4)use a tripod.  (5)A wide angle lens is always good.
Feb 28, 2008 11:50 AM
John Hokkanen - Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Real Estate

You can always throw a blue filter on it in Photoshop.  Here's the best I could do.  Yes, that white balance needs to be adjusted.  I had to crank up the blue filter to nearly 60%.  I threw a sharpen on the first one, too.



Feb 28, 2008 05:04 PM
Joseph Ellman
Realty Executives- Williams-Sykes Realty - Poughkeepsie, NY
George - Great blog topic!  Some of the photos out there are amazing!  People standing in them, pets, open toilets, car side view mirrors showing in the photos...
Feb 28, 2008 08:33 PM


Thanks for your comments and thoughts ... the no-no photos are always fun!


Feb 29, 2008 12:39 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

George - always fun to see what others thought was good enough for their listing.

John - I note you also used photoshop to vacuum up the vacuum.  The agent who originally took the pic will probably report it stolen.


Mar 02, 2008 09:07 AM

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