What Is The Most Difficult Picture To Process For a Listing Shoot?

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Real Estate Agent with Realty Group Referrals 16766

Every picture is put through LightRoom program and adjustments outside the camera are made.

Original content by Sheri Sperry - MCNE® NRDS # 146013739

What is the Most Difficult Image To Shoot





The picture above was from a listing that sold in 1 week back in 2014.  This picture still holds the record for time to process a picture.  Every one of those reflections had to be taken out.  I help my husband take the pictures.  He has a powerful flash unit on a coiled cord that can be removed from the base of the camera and pointed anywhere.  I usually help hold the flash. I remember taking about 6 different angles of this bath. None of them were going to be acceptable without a lot of fixing.  This was a bath that needed a flash. The most difficult part on this picture was pasting the individual tile squares to completely eliminate the reflections.  Also the light fixture created a challenge as well. 

The image below was processed through 2 separate programs.  Aperture, which is a Mac

program, is very rarely used anymore. It was used to clone parts of a picture to eliminate

elements that need to be taken out of a picture.  PhotoShop is now used for that purpose in

a more effective way. The other program helped to change the perspective to make the

lines in the picture straighten out the bends and angles of a wide angle shot. LightRoom

currently does this in a more effective and efficient way. Also it is much faster!  This

picture took as much time to process as all the rest of the listing pics!


Here is the "After" Image

After Image West Sedona AZ 86336 Listing for sale


The programs and applications today are fabulous to make your listing pics pop. 

Dick Greenberg did a nice blog post explaining LightRoom. You can find the post here if

you missed it. "For Love or Money"  


Here is a bathroom from my latest listing at 25 Pueblo Trail. My husband told me he used

the graduated filter and adjustment brush as well as exposure and temperature (white

balance) adjustments.  A little sharpening, dehaze and clarity and the picture is


Before Image

25 Pueblo Trail Sedona AZ 86336

The above image did not take long to correct but was not acceptable in this form.  Again,

glass and mirror create areas of light diffusion or the illusion of distance and the flash or

light does not get through, which forces the photographer to use an exposure brush. 


After Image

25 Pueblo Trail Sedona homes for sale


Before Image

25 Pueblo Sedona homes for sale

The above image was shot using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 16 to 24 mm zoom lens. At the

widest opening, the photographer needs to be even with the bathroom sink to keep the

distortion at a minimum.  When using a wide angle lens,  it is always best to use through

the lens viewing to get the best perspective. 


After Image

25 Pueblo Trail Sedona homes for sale


  Every picture is put through LightRoom program and adjustments outside the camera are made.  

Many professional photographers will have customized settings in their cameras to minimize out of the

camera processing.  Personally, my husband prefers using LR to make the final adjustments to the

image.  Most images take less than 5 minutes an image to process. However, some images with lots of

glass or windows can take up to 20 minutes to process but it is like you are in the room looking through

the glass.  

You can see the entire listing above in much larger images. Find Listing Images Here



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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Very nice...thanks for reposting.

Mar 30, 2017 02:03 AM #1
Noel Mayer

Roy, Thank you for sharing the great tips for taking listing pictures.

Mar 30, 2017 02:07 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is very true and some great tips, worthy of a re-blog.  Thanks Roy.

Mar 30, 2017 04:29 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Mar 30, 2017 05:12 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Great reblog, Roy.  Thanks!

Mar 30, 2017 05:31 AM #5
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

This is very true due to the small size, lighting, and reflections. Thanks, Roy.

Mar 30, 2017 05:36 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Mar 30, 2017 05:39 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

Thank you for re-blogging this post from Sheri Sperry - MCNE® . I missed it and am on my way over to read and comment on her post!

Mar 30, 2017 05:51 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good moprning again Roy. Bathrooms are very difficult. That said, unless it is special, no need to show it.

Mar 30, 2017 06:30 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Take great care with photographs that are used in marketing efforts. There is no excuse for poor photographs.

Mar 30, 2017 06:34 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, I value my professional photographer to take the best photos of my beautiful listings, and don't have to worry about this part.

Mar 30, 2017 06:53 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - this was a very informative re blog.  What a difference in before and after.

Mar 30, 2017 07:19 AM #12
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Thanks for re-blogging this Roy. It really shows the difference a little extra work can do to make a room seem more attractive.

Mar 30, 2017 08:23 AM #13
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Very informative reblog as bathrooms are a difficult photo shot.

Mar 31, 2017 06:47 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning to all. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Mar 31, 2017 08:08 AM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Rick does amazing editing on his photos. In fact he makes it better than life.

Apr 01, 2017 06:13 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, again, for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Apr 02, 2017 05:31 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

My breakfast treat was a waffle with cherrywood smoked bacon. Delicious.

Have a great day and an outstanding week!

Apr 03, 2017 04:04 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a lovely spring morning in Kentlands. Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 10, 2017 04:04 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is sometimes a good practice to revisit old blogs and reblogs. We might even find some good ideas for current posts.

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