Photo Editing for Real Estate

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Photo Editing for Real Estate


"A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"

... and you may add "if done right". 


Especially in real estate, photos are often the first thing that buyers will look at when searching for homes and only if the pictures are enticing, look for more information from descriptions or even contact the real estate professional. 

Before publishing a photo, it is worthwhile to see if it could be improved in its appearance. For editing of my photos I use ipiccy, an online photo editor that allows me to adjust brightness, contrast, crop, cut and even add text if I wish.  Here is an example of a photo edit:


BEFORE Photo Editing

The pool photo below was taken at one of my waterfront properties for sale in Hernando Beach. It was taken with a wide angle so in the BEFORE photo, the outside edges appear a little distorted and the photo appears a little dull overall.


Pool Before Editing


To improve the appearance of the photo and make the pool "sparkle", I edited the photo in several steps:

1.  I first straightened the photo.  

2.  Then I cropped it while maintaining its original size properties.  This took away the distortion on the sides and also cut away some of the chair on the right side directing the eye more toward the center of the photo. 

3. Then I brightened the photo by increasing the exposure and contrast to lighten up the overall appearance and decrease the effect of the shadows.  

4. Finally, I increased the vibrance of the colors to deepen the hues. 


AFTER Photo Editing




Relatively small changes resulted in a brighter photo and a more inviting scene. 

Don't you just want to step out onto the deck and enjoy the view of the water or jump into the pool for a refreshing swim? 

By the way, this Hernando Beach waterfront home was on the market for only a few days before the seller received and accepted an offer. 



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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Those are interesting examples and kind of subtle but effective all the more.

May 08, 2017 09:44 AM #1
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Well dopne, nice education on how to improve a photo, often see those wide angle photos which make you feel drunk...

May 08, 2017 09:45 AM #2
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

You did this without removing anything in the photo (I had an agent remove a large pole in the yard from a photo) It is important to put the home in the best light...not remove negatives.

May 08, 2017 09:49 AM #3
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Laura Cerrano yes, overdoing it could do more harm than good!

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  thank you, some photos are not "rescue-able" - it's always good to take plenty from the start so you have a good choice of what to use. 


May 08, 2017 10:00 AM #4
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Thanks, I don't particularly care for the pool cleaner hose left in the pool....  or I could have removed or cropped out the little bit of green from the sun umbrella at top right.

May 08, 2017 10:04 AM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Your editing definitely improved the photo and made it pop. It still looks very natural and your proved that by selling it so fast.

May 08, 2017 10:06 AM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I love iPiccy Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  it really makes a big difference

May 08, 2017 10:11 AM #7
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, you did a great job with the editing, blue color looks truly inviting. 

May 08, 2017 10:47 AM #8
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Let me grab my flippers.  I am ready to jump in!  Great job.

May 08, 2017 11:27 AM #9
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Sylvia - Nice job on the edits - it's always the little touches that make the big difference. Thanks for your entry!

May 08, 2017 12:44 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a great illustration of photo editing.  I love those Florida cages over the pool area.  A

May 08, 2017 02:54 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I love the look on both but when you are selling Florida, brighest is important.

May 08, 2017 03:53 PM #12
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Yes I do want to take a dip in that lovely pool! What a HUGE difference in the before and after.  Very nicely done Siliva!

May 08, 2017 04:08 PM #13
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

WELL DONE!  You grab the drinks while I grab my suit!

May 08, 2017 05:09 PM #14
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words certainly applies in this situation.

May 08, 2017 09:14 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is such an important lesson we must all learn. Thank you Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  

May 08, 2017 09:37 PM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have been amazed at how simple rotation of a photo can make a great deal of difference.

May 16, 2017 05:38 AM #17
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Nice job on the photo editing.  It really is much more inviting after being tweaked.

May 17, 2017 08:16 PM #18
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I don't see the "before" one! But the "after" looks fabulous.

May 28, 2017 09:11 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is excellent advice to share. I use all of the time.

Jul 28, 2017 01:38 PM #20
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