Top 11 Mistakes in Real Estate Photo Editing (Plus Tips)

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Photo editing is an integral part of photography. Editing works can either bring your life to the fullest or, in a sad note, ruin your photos. You can take your pick. But don’t get nervous because we’ve got you covered!

We know that photography today is a highly competitive market. Digital technology plays a crucial role for the ‘make or break’ status of your business. Properly edited photographs represent your brand because these photos say everything about you and your business.

Properly edited real estate images is vital in both building your brand to create credibility and respect, and eventually, bringing in sales. Mediocre photos can be instantly changed to high-quality images, given a skilled editor working with the most appropriate editing tools and programs.

But even how skillful photo editors are, they still make mistakes especially in front of meticulous customers.

These common mistakes (plus tips) are as follows:

1. Lack of or limited time of analyzing real estate photographs

This mistake sounds absurd but it is really one of the mistakes both for aspiring and skilled real estate image editors. Analyzing great pictures does not only give you the idea why certain pictures work while others don’t but it also gives you the opportunity to look at certain parameters like the lighting, angles, and even staging. They will guide you on how to maximize results in editing real estate photos.

Tips according to Always walk through numerous real estate photos and learn about the excellent variables why these photos work.

2. Absence of tripods

Always use tripods to get sharp, high-quality photos especially when shooting with natural light. Tripods are beneficial in shooting at slower shutter speed because they take advantage of the natural light.

Tip: Invest in tripods more specifically if you don’t own steady hands because it’s proven that you will only get dark and blurry pictures in the absence of tripods.

3. Hooked on megapixels

One of the most common mistakes is always considering image megapixels as an important criterion in real estate photography. Forget about it. Focus on sensor size of the digital camera. The use of large sensors typically means better quality and better low light performance. It also has a broader view.

Tips according Digital Photography School: Sensor size is synonymous to the type of camera being used. Invest in a full-frame camera.

4. Unprepared area to shoot

Another common real estate photography mistake is shooting inside an ‘unprepared room’. As a rule, different areas of a building always come with its own unique way of preparation. Preparing the kitchen before a shoot is different on how a bathroom is readied.

Tip: Always see to it that you spend time preparing the area needed for shooting because real estate photography is always dependent on the space.

5. Not enough time to shoot

There are photographers who don’t spend much time orchestrating the shoot. Because of this, there are images that are totally unacceptable to buyers because they are taken in a hurry.

Tip: Spend more hours for your photo shoot.

6. Unaware of distortion

Sometimes what the eyes can see is not proportional to the photos being taken by your camera. There are times when amazing features turn ugly because of human eye mismatch. This is commonly known as the keystone effect which circles around architectural features and lens distortion.


Tip: Always pay attention to details particularly to distortion.

7. Excessive use of cropping

This can be very tragic. Clients, potential buyers, business partners, and owners want to set up images that are of high-quality. They want to have perfectly displayed photos. It is said that the best picture is always the full photo of the property. Understand how cut and crop properly work.

Tip: Provide yourself a hard copy of the picture and see what needs to be cropped before you cut and edit.

8. Lack of understanding to layer and actions

Not using the layer and action techniques correctly leads you to disaster. And this is a big mistake to avoid. Produce superior quality by applying professional-like layering tricks.

Tip: Practice continuously by putting a lot of time on how to work with layering.

9. Limited skills in playing with colors

The time for selective coloring has ended. This practice leads to a weak-looking photo done unprofessionally.

Tip: Learn how to adjust proper colors to make your photos crisp. Try to blend colors with contrast.

10. Avoidance of the use of curves

In adjusting colors and shadows, layers, curves, and contrast create an amazing output. Most editors nowadays avoid the use of curves, while some overuse it.


Tip: Always practice to use curves to come up with fascinating pictures.

11. Unfamiliar with the editing program

This is a cardinal sin. Most editors always go nuts with the new editing apps that just came out in the market. They are always on the move to include the ‘new’ app to their work.

Tip: Familiarize yourself first with the program before you use the features that you want to discover.


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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rachelle, great tips for those who take their own photos of listings.  I personally hire a professional photographer, except for very small condos.

Jan 17, 2020 10:36 AM #1
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

 this is fantastic, informative and gets my creative juices flowing.  i am sure there are basic tips often overlooked.  My biggest peeve is dont include cars in the parking lot if there are not included in the sale.  and clean off the counters.  I dont care if you have a fantastic espresso maker.  i am not buying that item. 

Jan 20, 2020 12:23 PM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Rachelle Moore thank you for the tips.  I have probably violated everyone of them

Jan 20, 2020 03:43 PM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

More great advice, Rachelle. The importance of using a tripod can't be stressed enough.  However, once again, reading your tips. Argh. This is why I hire someone to do this for us. Lol. 

Jan 23, 2020 07:54 AM #4
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Welcome to AR and thanks for sharing your many photo tips! Rachelle Moore 

Jan 23, 2020 11:00 AM #5
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fantastic tips for successful photographs Rachelle. We need more professional photographers in the industry to show off the true personalities of homes!

Jan 24, 2020 10:37 AM #6
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