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How Do I Edit My Pics For Selling My House On Estate Agent Websites


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#1 nat

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 12:51 PM

Hi All :flowers:

I've just put my house on the market, and some of my photos have come out really well with good clarity and quality to post on the Estate/Real Estate Agents website.

Some of them have not. They are too blurred or whatever to make the cut.

My camera is the compact Pentax Optio S5Z. I'm ashamed to admit that I generally used the "Quick Green Mode" - I haven't quite got around to the other options.

I was going to detail the shutter speed and f stop, but pointless unless I post the images too, which I wasn't sure would be useful or not to helping me out. Let me know if I should.

Anyway, the estate agent wants to add my house to the site tomorrow, so could really use some help. I've looked into many of the help and how to's, but right now they are too complicated or not specifically aimed at what I'm after. So any "detailed help" would be extremly appreciated.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 03:29 PM

A simple program for editing images, is IrfanView.
It can do basic color enhancement, sharpening, etc.

Did you use a tripod to take the images?
If you don't have one, try propping the camera against a tree, on a car, anything that will hold it steady.
Also, don't move the camera immediately after taking the image.
Keep it steady for a couple of seconds after you hit the shutter release, since it takes digitals a little longer to capture the image.
Be sure to slowly squeeze the shutter release, instead of snapping it, which tends to jerk the camera, causing a blurry image.
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 03:05 PM

Hi tg1911. Been awhile since we last traded posts.!! I had a feeling that you might be the one that would reply to my post, seeing how active you in this forum.

Your reply is as always appreciated, but in this case, I'm looking for a "bit more". I've been photographing for many years, namely, wildlife, african tribes, landscapes etc - but, I was shooting with the ("old-fashioned..!!) SLR. So it's not so much the holding, steadying type of help I need, but more to do with "editing digital images" help.

I have Picasa, Adobe Photoshop "Album Starter Edition", MS Office Picture Manager, Paint, and Irfanview that you mentioned. I mainly use Picasa, but find it frustrating. Picasa does give options for "straightening" which is of course pretty helpfull. I think that the problem lies within the "editing software" stage. My biggest problem is how to deal with indoor shots, with plenty of natural light streaming in, but this causes blow-out, and therefore images with huge contrasts in light and shade. Taking even tone shots - how to edit shots that have areas lit by a shaft of sunlight that I find so hard to edit accordingly.

Often though, I have managed to end up with great results - but more often "not". It's really about the "settings" and then the editing that is most appropriate for taking pics that are for using on the web, such as Real Estate Agent's websites. I've attached a couple of shots that probably show what I'm attempting to describe.

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The wall outside the kitchen always gives a glare such as in this photo. Is this editable??
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Many thanks
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A simple program for editing images, is IrfanView.
It can do basic color enhancement, sharpening, etc.

Did you use a tripod to take the images?
If you don't have one, try propping the camera against a tree, on a car, anything that will hold it steady.
Also, don't move the camera immediately after taking the image.
Keep it steady for a couple of seconds after you hit the shutter release, since it takes digitals a little longer to capture the image.
Be sure to slowly squeeze the shutter release, instead of snapping it, which tends to jerk the camera, causing a blurry image.


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Posted 15 September 2007 - 07:26 PM

Hi Nat! It appears that your camera is picking up the glare, and using it as a focal point and as a metering point for it's exposure. The best way around this (aside from shooting manually) is to put up curtains, or wait until it's getting dark out (after the sun sets) to avoid the direct ambient lighting. You can try using a flash indoors when snapping shots, as this will help to reduce shadowing that the extreme contrasts that you're running into.

You can try standing up and shooting downwards to help show the counter top. You might get a glare, so try waiting until the sun is going down (or coming up if you're an early bird!). What exactly were you looking to edit in that 2nd photo?
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