Before you edit photos that will represent a home that you have listed for a client, please consider how accurately the editing will depict the actual home. I never make edits that alter the reality of the home itself, like adding a view that doesn’t exist.
A photo that I recently took at a listing was unacceptable to me. The floor needed to be cleaned, but there wasn’t enough time to worry about it. I simply needed to get the picture and get the listing on the market.
To remedy the situation, I used photo editing software to essentially clean the floor, making it look more appealing. The tool that I use primarily is Fireworks from Macromedia Studio 8. My preference is Photoshop, but a recent disaster rendered my laptop useless and I lost Photoshop. I actually paid for Studio 8, so I feel no guilt about using Fireworks, even though I miss Photoshop desperately.
In Fireworks, just like in most editing software, there is a blur tool, but more importantly, there is a smudge tool. Using the smudge tool on the floor in the following photo resulted in a rather smooth fix.
Here is the Before Picture:
And here is the after picture:
The differences are subtle, but the process made the dust on the floor vanish.
If you’re not a digital photo editing junkie like myself, you may find this to be out of your area of expertise. I happen to enjoy it and it’s a hobby of mine.
Keep an open mind when you’re taking photos for a listing. Sometimes the most obtrusive element of the photo is something that can be removed in Photoshop. Just make sure that it can be removed in real life too. In one case, I was asked by a colleague to help him add his sign post to a listing photo that didn’t yet have a sign post installed. The bank was requiring it in order to proceed, and sign post installation was set for a day later. I actually inserted a sign post exactly where it was installed later that week and the bank was satisfied.
If you don’t know how to do this type of work, but you think that it may save you some time, give me a ring and I might be able to help you out, for a fee, of course. 🙂