Editing Real Estate Photography: Some Basic Edits You Need to Know

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  By Michael Moodie
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Shooting and editing real estate photography can most times be a tedious task. There are a lot of things that come into play such as the mood or theme displayed in the space and how you can make that look appealing to a viewer. Many times you have clients who assume that photographing the space is the hard part and the easiest part is post-production. However, if you’re someone who pays fine attention to detail and making your images as perfect as possible then you know Lightroom or Photoshop is where the magic really happens. This article will serve the purpose as to give you some quick tips and tricks as to how you can effectively edit real estate images. The topic may sound boring at first of course because I thought the same thing but don’t be fooled, things get very interesting.

1. Straighten

The first vital tip I will share with you is to straighten your image or rather straighten out the line in your image. As simple and unimportant as it may sound, these things can actually throw off the whole balance of your image.

If you shot your images free hand then you might just have some work to do in post-production but if you used a tripod during your real estate photography then the corrections in this regard should be fairly minimal and easy to get done. You can easily straighten your images automatically or manually in Photoshop or Lightroom by just one click so have no fear.

2. Even out the Light

When shooting with a wide angle lens such as 24mm you can often find the corners of your images are a bit darker than the rest of your shot. In photography, this called vignetting. Vignetting may be cool in different aspects of photography but when it comes to real estate images and post-production, it’s not particularly something you want in your shots. To correct this you can play with the vignetting bar in photoshop RAW or in your Lightroom settings. After this is done you should then focus on filling out other dark areas in your image.

You should focus on the exposure, shadows and darkness bar a bit more to get this done. If you didn’t already shoot your image a bit overexposed I then recommend you mess with the exposure bar and move it up slowly until it seems too bright and then slowly move it back down until you are satisfied. Don’t mistake this as me telling you to remove ALL shadows. Shadows are sometimes interesting and can add character to your overall shot but for the most part, you don’t want too many dark spots or shadows in the image. Some of the side effects of eliminating too many shadows are grain and your image looking a bit too unrealistic.

3. Sharpen

It’s time to polish up your image just a little more by adding some sharpness and clarity. It’s often easy to get lost or overuse the sharpening tool so I advise you pay close attention to the overall image. Observe the things in the image that draw your attention first and then focus on everything else around that.

I would recommend doing the same thing as you did with the exposure tool as it regards pushing it to its maximum and then pulling it back until it’s appealing to your eyes. You should also do the same with the clarity tool as well. I’m personally not a fan of this tool because it can make things look a bit crazy but it does play its part in some instances.

4. Clean Up

We’re almost at the finish line I promise, just a bit more polishing to do. In this step, you will be using you Spot brush and Cloning tool just a bit. This is to help you clean up any possible spots on walls or stains that you did or didn’t see while shooting.

Many times I find myself not seeing these things until I’m editing and spend the time to zoom in on different areas of my image. There are also times things may be at some inconvenient places in the room and you’re forced to correct those as well.

5. Color Corrections

This is probably my favorite step but it’s also tricky as well. In real estate photography, this may consist more of playing with your warmth, vibrancy, and saturation. These will overall set the tone for your image and has the potential to make or break it as well. Overdoing any of these settings can either make your image look significantly fake or very unappealing. I would advise you gage these carefully and try not use any of them too much but more so in moderation.

I hope this article has helped you push through your real estate editing and made it a lot easier. Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing you again!

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Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

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