Using iPiccy to Edit my Before Picture to an After!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

While reading a recent Dick Greenberg’s blog, he challenged fellow bloggers in the ActiveRain community to present “before” and “after” pictures, while using the amazing array of photo editing tools available to photographers today.

Dick was right to mention that digital shutterbugs today, working in the digital realm, have many more options and advantages over photographers in the past, who worked with film.  Add to it, the large variety of free on-line photo editing tools, and editing today can feed the imagination, and tap into creativity.

In the real estate realm, we can be easily enticed into overdoing these editing tools to puff listing photos into something with little semblance to reality.  However, as Dick mentions in his blog, we don’t need to shoot as many photos like we did in film days, in hopes of getting that single shot that will work well for marketing materials, while not going overboard and taking the editing into a realm of unreality.

In my examples below, I chose to use a picture I took of the Biltmore house, in Asheville, North Carolina. You will note the original was taken from the vantage point where I captured this shot there is a great deal of landscape in the picture.  While I regularly use a couple of free online editing tools, I chose  to edit this particular picture.  I first used the crop tool to “zoom in” and move in closer to the house. 

After the crop I sharpened the picture a bit, and I adjusted contrast and exposure.  With these simple moves, the picture is much more pleasing to the eye.

iPiccy also has a litany of artistic options as well.  For example in the artistic tools section, which allows use of textures.  I chose “lights” and added a little work to the sky.  Not enough to change the reality too much, however.

For the amateur photographer, the use of iPiccy is generally found to be exceptionally easy to use, and it can also be a lot of fun!  I challenge you, along with Dick Greenberg, to give it a try!
Biltmore House (Original Photo)
Edited Photo using iPiccy editing tools


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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Those certainly do look different! I have to try this challenge again - I attempted it but just wasn't doing enough to make the "afters" look like afters....

May 19, 2017 03:20 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow!  Your editing skills are top notch!!!  The original photo was very nice, but after editing, Wow!

May 19, 2017 05:38 AM #5
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Great post and I am going to download iPiccy. I use MS Office 2010 Picture Manager and find it very easy to use. Unfortunately, they don't include it Office any longer but you can download it and patch it into Office 2016 which is on my new computer. cheers cvc

May 19, 2017 07:09 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing your photo editing skills. I also use

May 19, 2017 08:19 AM #7
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Big difference ... cropping removing the shadow of the tree. Good choice of artistic options.  

May 19, 2017 10:27 AM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Myrl, iPiccy has been my favorite for taking care of my photo editing needs.  Quite a difference between your before and after of the Biltmore!

May 19, 2017 10:38 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This has been a great challenge and so many good referecnes like this to photo editing software.

May 19, 2017 01:49 PM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I really like the editing options available in Apple Photos. If you choose details, and cropping while retaining original dimensions, you can accomplish the same thing without sacrificing quality. For real estate photos, almost every thing looks better closer up.

May 19, 2017 03:35 PM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Hadn't heard of that app, but it certainly makes the after look neat.

May 19, 2017 05:55 PM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl, 

I love the special effect you got in the second picture.  Very cool!

May 19, 2017 07:32 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good Saturday morning, Myrl. Have a lovely weekend.

May 20, 2017 04:58 AM #14
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Myrl, I think Chief Cook used to use iPiccy for her real estate photos, too.  Great advice, and I liked the photos, too.

May 20, 2017 09:35 AM #15
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The photo go from OK . . .  to super wow.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 20, 2017 08:02 PM #16
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Isn't the Biltmore Estates amazing! I like your recommendation of trying iPiccy for the artistic creativity. I think I would have fun with that one! I'll have to give it a try. Your photos are beautiful!

Thank you!!!


May 22, 2017 05:40 AM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Myrl!  The next time you visit the Biltmore Estates, you must phone me! I'm about 2 hours away and LOVE Asheville.

As to your photo - they could truly use that in their marketing - your editing is AMAZING. Fantastic job!

Happy Monday!

May 22, 2017 06:54 AM #18
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Great entry in the contest. You made the building so much more important.. by cropping out the land, trees and shadows. Can't wait to try out the light feature. I make all my blog graphics on ipiccy but use my iPhone for cropping, light, color etc for any the real estate photos. 

May 22, 2017 07:19 PM #19
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, great job on the editing of the Biltmore. I mostly use iPiccy for editing.

May 23, 2017 08:08 PM #20
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Million $ Guild Cert Luxury Home KW Land Division

Holy C__P Batman!  That is one heck of an improvement.  I got's to get me some of that magical software.  

This really looks as different as day and night.  Amazing job!


May 28, 2017 06:00 PM #21
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Merle - Nice editing work on that photo - it's much more engaging with your changes. Thanks for the entry!

May 30, 2017 08:12 AM #22
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have been using ipiccy since I read this blog in May. It is simple and the right price Myrl Jeffcoat 

Aug 25, 2017 11:46 AM #23
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