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I shot black and white photographs won prices when I was a teen. It was way more technical working with rolls of films and developed and enlarged by myself. My dad's Swedish Hasselblad 1000F camera was the one I used one of the most sophisticated camera one ever developed. It can shoot 120, 620, 135 size formats with different cartridges. Rather use contrast or bright feature I just let it expose on film paper longer during shooting or enlarging. You get only one chance with these expensive films that was when I developed the skill studying angles and lighting well. External flash is what I used then and today. Consequently, I rarely use any software to correct as many amateur photographers do today. In photography or real estate photography composition is the key. There are rules of 3rds. Draw imaginary lines on your camera's screen or viewfinder and create nine equal sections. Your eyes will tend to go to the intersections first, so it's best to place your subject one one of those. Use leading lines to get viewer attention and put a frame which is part of a picture. My favorite is use flower or trees to make a frame and shoot the subject in one of the 9 sectors. A doorway leading to a room. A few roses that act like framing to a subject.
The rules of owning software like Photoshop has changed. Now one has to lease by the month and gave them your credit card information. Creative Cloud can not be purchased anymore. Again, I merely use a crop function and often MS Paint function that comes with Microsoft has it. There are many free shareware out there. I use Gimp and a resizer both are free. I compose well so it is not used here much.
Rather than showing how to make improvements on images my work on homes, kitchen before and after were deleted recently. Here is a change in lawn after and before. The cost of converting to a water wise garden is mandatory. The drought tolerant plants here cost $60 at most. How did I get these attractive orange and white poppies? I did not plant them. Apparently the seeds blew over through these Oleanders from next door.
Below is a quick change of a kitchen. One I had we just painted white over aged faded oak. I deleted the old photo which cost about $800 of paint and repair. This one here is a new kitchen cost was ~$4500 without the new appliances.
One does not need to spend much money to make improvement on personal property. A clean backyard, a painted kitchen etc all have added value to it.
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