Before & After - The Importance of Your Real Estate Photos

Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management

When it comes to taking photos of my newly listed properties I am extremely particular.  I like to take my own photos unless I am using a professional photographer for the property, as we do with certain properties for various reasons.  I like my listings to look a certain way as they represent me and how I do business, not just the seller and their home.

For the Active Rain Challenge in May, Dick Greenberg, asked us to take a photo and improve it using software to make it more pleasing to the eye.


real estate photo correction


* First I cropped the photo to bring the
house closer, making it more  visible.

* Then I increased the clarity
and sharpness for better definition.

* Finally I lightened the picture slightly
so it didn't appear as dark on the front  
  of the house.
* Then just for fun I added a frame.




Typically when I need to fix photo's I will use, or the Snapseed app.  I have also used Gimp.  

This was a gorgeous home I had listed in Pennsylvania a few years ago. We used a professional photographer but I had snapped a few of my own photos at the time. 

I also try and take enough pictures so that if any come out poorly I usually have enough to discard the ones I am not happy with.  Remember, your pictures are what bring the buyers in!

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Debbie Walsh, GRI, CNE, CHMS, REM | Office (845) 283-3036 |

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Comments (10)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Many times photo's need to be enhanced.  I take 4-5 shots with different exposures at times

May 18, 2017 11:28 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debbie - You did a nice job with your edits and it's a better presentation. Thanks for your entry!

May 18, 2017 12:43 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

William Feela I do the same thing...saves editing!

Dick Greenberg Thank you!  Great idea for the contest.

May 18, 2017 01:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debbie- what a gorgeous home.  And, you're right, cropping it lets us see more of the home. 

May 18, 2017 05:32 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Debbie that is a gorgeous house/property. Your changes look good!

May 23, 2017 08:07 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Kathy Streib Thanks Kathy!!

Rebecca Gaujot Thank you so much!!

May 24, 2017 04:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Great property and I love what you did to make the house pop a bit more than the original, Debbie!  I also use Ribbet and love the 'fun' things you can do with it too - the different textures, black & white, septia, etc. I could get lost on that software for hours!  

May 30, 2017 07:37 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thanks Debe! I don't usually use it for real estate photos but use it for photos for the blog etc...I love it too!

Jun 01, 2017 04:14 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Hi Debbie. Just a few easy fixes made a world of difference for this photo. The house looks great. This is an area in which I need a lot of improvement.


Jun 20, 2017 04:42 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I don't usually edit real estate photos as I take enough to choose from but ALWAYS editing other types of photos.  Very easy with these programs.

Jun 21, 2017 04:04 AM

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