Lighting is one of the most important things to consider when editing real estate photos. Interior shots with good lighting make it clear, bright, clean and catchy to the eyes of the viewers. Most of us use the camera’s flash in order to achieve the perfect lighting effect of our photos. While some professional photographers suggest turning on all the lights, use other photography equipments and use a flash to fill in shadows, making the room look brighter. But doing so is not that easy since there are some factors that hinder its aptness.
Take this image as an example. If you notice, the image is dark and seems to be gloomy. With this kind of photo, anyone would not think of buying your real estate property. That’s why using photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom is used to enhance and get what we would like to comprise in our photos.Using Adobe Lightroom 4 Catalog, you can do basic editing to perk up your real estate photos. First, you need to open your Adobe Lightroom 4 Catalog (Any version of it will do). In the Library tab, Import all the images that you want to edit. Select all of them and click on the Develop tab. So, you will come up to something like this.
Now, you can use presets you adjust a little of your contrast. Here I had played my own preset. The next thing you will do is to adjust the Exposure. Adjusting the exposure is a little tricky because if you will overdo it, some areas of your photo will be washed out. To avoid this, you can adjust the Recovery section. We will use this to lessen up the washed out areas especially on the window view of this photo.
With these settings, brush the areas that are dark and make sure it is well blended with the background. To achieve this, you need to have a bigger brush so adjust its size. And brush, brush and brush..! After that, set your Blacks to 2-3 percent.
For the final retouch, adjust the colors if there are colors that are too bright. Because we adjusted the exposure earlier, some colors will be affected making it too bright and distracting. You must be also very careful in this part since too much tuning of these colors will make your photo lifeless. We would not want our photos to look lifeless right? We want it to be vivid in colors but not too disturbing. Here, I have adjusted the colors Green and orange since I find it too intense.
Not all photographs can convey the exact appearance of what the photographers want us to look at. There are certain factors that affect the totality of an image. It could be the lightning, angles and sharpness of the photo after shooting a particular subject. Sometimes, the images itself do not possess the quality that most photographers want and do not want to see in their photograph. As regards to this, High Dynamic Range Photo Editing is the best approach.
What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?
As defined by Wikipedia, High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a set of techniques used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than possible using standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.
HDR is commonly used for image enhancement and artistic photography. Using some HDR effects will make your image come to life as it fills out light from certain areas that the camera cannot perceive and what our eyes can. It is as if you as actually looking and standing at the scene itself. With your dull and flat unedited image, HDR editing will make it even beautiful than the original one.
The average human eye can see more light (about 11 stops of light) than the camera’s lens. A stop is a unit for measuring the amount of light. On the other hand, a camera is only about 3 stops of light. This would mean that you have to set your camera to take multiple shots of a particular scene with different shutter speeds to achieve the full range of lightning.
Software that offers HDR Processing
There are a lot of applications that you can use to achieve HDR Imaging. Some of them are FREE and some may cost a little bit but the point here is to achieve HDR Images. Here I have listed the most commonly used softwares when it comes to photo editing.
1. Adobe Photoshop/Elements
2. Adobe Lightroom
3. Photmatix Pro
4. Nik and On One
Many photographers and non-professionals would like to have sharp and high quality images using their cameras. Now the question is can we go for DSLR or point-and-shoot camera? Not all of us can afford to buy DSLR camera and we tend to just buy point-and-shoot cameras or commonly known as “digital cameras”. It is true that DSLR cameras are very worthy to have but it requires expert-level knowledge on how to use its full potential. Sharpness will make your photo look good even if the subject matter is too stunning compared to a blurry shot that will only look like mediocre. It may do take fantastic and appealing photographs but an average user will never know how to make that happen or will never even need to do it in the first place.
With our generation today, technology has allowed us to make the impossible become possible because of the invention of point-and-shoot cameras or digital cameras. It is very affordable compared to DSLR cameras. Now, most of these cameras already have different settings to choose from and are very easy to use and captures images analogous to those by a DSLR.
In spite of everything, the photographer is still the most important part in any photography and not the camera itself. In this guide, we will show you how to strive the photos you always wanted for using your compact camera.
1. Know the basics of your camera – To be able to start taking photos, you must know and familiarize first your camera’s functionalities. Do not skip reading the manual. It will help you for
tips and tricks. After that, start exploring your camera for menu settings.
2. Use a tripod or monopod – In order to avoid camera shakes, you should use a tripod or a monopod. It is very useful in all sorts of situations. It is important to keep your camera still
because using your hands itself will only lead you to issues in focus and sharpness of your
images. Don’t be afraid to invest for it.
3. Set your aperture – you should always pay attention of your aperture. Aperture refers to the
opening that allows light to fall on the lens. Shooting with wider aperture will cause the images
to become shallow and make the shutter time shorter. On the other hand, a smaller aperture
will result to longer shutter speeds which will increase the risk of camera shake causing blurry
4. Composition and creativeness – composition and creativeness is a perfect combination for
perfect photos. Learn to compose something. Understand how colors play and how lights affect
them. Think of what and how to take photos together with its essence. Be creative. Think of
something that is unique and tells a story. Try to explore different camera angels that bring out
the best of your subject matter.
5. Use Photoshop or any image editing applications – together with the above mentioned guides,
using Photoshop will enhance more your photos. It has many features that are very useful for
correction such as lens and color correction. You can also use filters to add depth and sharpness
on your photos.
Regardless of our age, we are still fascinated by movies created through 3-dimensional interfaces or commonly known as 3D graphics. With the advancement of our technology, even 3D glasses were already invented to enhance and enjoy more our experience of watching 3D animations. In our generation today, 3D graphics is widely in demand. As an artist, 3D rendering is a tough one unlike with the 2D graphics but having such set of skills is an asset and may lead you to be hired in an animation studio or any 3D rendering companies. Enrolling to this course is also a bit expensive and purchasing these software programs is the same. With superfluity of different 3D applications available on the market today, we may be wondering and ought to know which of these applications artists could be using. In this article we have attempted to do some research and narrowed it down based from its number of users and popularity. So, here’s our top 5 3D software for every artist. Enjoy!
Google SketchUp – we are all familiar with Google right? So it is already obvious that this application is from Google itself. Google SketchUp is a program integrated with advanced Google features. It is easy to use and best used for beginners who are just starting to know and want to try a convenient and perceptive 3D modeling program.
3Ds Max – one f the most widely used 3D programs today. It is one of the programs under Autodesk. It has a lot of features perfect for 3D modeling, special effects and animation. Its latest version today, 3ds Max 2014 has new tools to use and supports Microsoft direct 11 shaders.
Blender – Blender is a free software program for 3D graphics. It provides a high quality modeling and animation tools with features just like with Python scripting, dynamics support and exportation to popular renderers. Blender is best for students which are tight on budget and professionals alike. Another good thing about it is that it has a built-in game engine.
Maya – Autodesk Maya is an application that can be used in all kinds of post production around the world. A powerful and versatile 3D platform for professionalism. It uses Maya Embedded Language (MEL) and Python scripting that is great for character animation, modeling tools and creates out of this world visual effect for film and television.
Cinema 4D – Maxon Cinema 4D is one of the most user friendly 3D software programs available. It has an array of different editions and bundles. It is perfect for post production, architecture, and engineering. Cinema 4D also has 4 different modules namely Sketch & Toon, Thinking particles, Hair and Mograph that allows you to develop according to what your project needs.
It is true that Adobe Photoshop is still one of the leading editing software programs that are widely used today. While it is bundled with additional new features for both professionals, technical and creative users, using plugins can help extend these capabilities and use the program to its maximum potential.
Plugin serves as an add-on to help you maximize the performance of the software for dreary tasks that are sometimes difficult to handle and at the same time making it organized in a proficient way. With these, it will give you enough time to do creative designs without hassle.
There’s a lot of free plugins you can download nowadays. Plugins that are also packed with functions that are easy to use, making you become more productive. Since Adobe Photoshop is still updating its version, some plugins are no longer working with the latest one and some are only to the late version of it.
Here we have listed free plugins that you can download and that is also best for web, photography and graphic designing and editing. We have divided these plugins based from its use and functionality.
1. Breezy – Breezy helps you in multilayer exporting. With just one click, you can already export multiple graphic elements from PSD format, making it faster in preparing graphic files.
2. Composer – Composer also have a one click functionality that is focused on updating multiple layer compositions. If you have a lot of layers, giving you a hard time making changes to these, Composer suits you well. With its four easy commands that you can use, synchronizing selected layers becomes easier than before.
3. Layrs – Layrs also works almost the same with the two plugins mentioned above. It is also more on layer adjusting like name editing, flattening layer effects, removing unused layer effects, rasterizing smart objects and deleting empty layers. It helps you eliminate layers that are no longer needed, making it well-organized.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGE EDITING
4. Color Efex Pro – Color Efex Pro offers a wide range and easy way to enhance digital photos dramatically. With its set of creative photo enhancements, photographic filters, color corrections and retouching tools, image editing becomes easier making your photos come to life.
5. PictoColor iCorrect Portrait – PictoColor iCorrect Portrait is best used for portraits. With its point and click color correction function, it will make your portraits more life-like that is perfect for wedding, sports and event photography. It also have skin-tone technology that helps you remove color casts and instantly correct white balance easily with just a few clicks.
WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNING
6. GuideGuide – GuideGuide helps you deal with grids in photoshop. Here you can create accurate columns, rows, baselines and midpoints based on selection or documents by clicking its button. It is best used for website designing and making web templates to achieve balance lining of elements
7. Flaticon – Flaticon offers a library of free icons that are also used in website and graphic designing. You can choose the right vector icons and even use these as web fonts, giving your design a more professional look without any difficulties.
8. CSS3Ps – CSS3Ps is a free cloud based Photoshop plugin that converts layers to CSS3. This plugin is very useful for website programmers and developers since it helps lessen coding complexity. If you are more on website development, having this plugin is a must.
Real estate photo editing nowadays is very demanding. A real estate image should be clear, rich in color and defines the exact structure of the property. As a photographer, not all the shots are already perfect. There are some factors that affect your photographic image as a whole. Here is where photo editing comes in to correct angles and colors, get rid of unwanted spots and reflections, and making it more attracting than the original one.
Now, ever wonder how photo editors make real estate images catching to the eyes? especially to your customers? Some may say that it’s not that easy. If you are into real estate photo editing or just an enthusiast one, here are some basic steps that you need to know to achieve that professional looking real estate photography!
No.1: Make use of Editing programs – There’s a lot of editing programs that are already available to use. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most commonly used programs in terms of image editing. With Adobe Photoshop’s different tools, filter effects, and camera raw, image editing will become easier. Camera raw is also a useful one. Here, you can enhance first the white balance of an image before doing some hard core photo editing. Aside from Photoshop, photo editors also use Adobe Lightroom. It works the same with Photoshop’s Camera raw but Lightroom has more tools that you can use to enhance and adjust colors, exposure, image correction and other effects. Try to learn more about these programs and soon it will be easy for you to use them.
No.2: Image Straightening – Perspective correction is also crucial in every real estate editing. You must adjust it either vertically, horizontally or both. Knowing the right angle of an image makes it stand and builds an accurate dimensional view of the property. But you must be careful to avoid distortions.
No.3: Color Cast Removal – Color cast as defined by Wikipedia is a tint of a particular color which affects the whole of a photographic image. Since there are certain lights that films and digital cameras cannot adjust and balanced that our eyes does, it causes to have color cast. Improper timing and lightning can also cause these unwanted casts.
No.4: Photo Manipulation and Enhancement – In this step, you can do retouching like removing camera lenses, spots, dirt, photographer’s reflection and other unwanted inconsistencies. Photo manipulation does not just limit to these things but it also depends on you or your client’s preferences. Best example could be inserting clouds to an outdoor image or fire to a fireplace.
No. 5: Image Cropping – This is the finishing step. Here you can crop the image to what dimensions you want and saving it to the highest quality as possible. Everybody wants HD images to make it more clear, crisp and more vivid in colour.
Realty selling is one of the most exciting selling jobs there is and realtors are considered among the toughest in the selling profession. A realtor sells not only a piece of property but the future of his buyer and his family. So much emotion is involved because every property or home that is offered should match the life-style, particular taste, and personal comfort of its future occupants. Meeting all these needs of the buyer at a single time is a daunting challenge to any salesman.
Another challenge a realtor meets is the long and serious deliberation his clients are expected to make. To many buyers, this is a crucial, one-time decision that affects not only them but to the following generations that will occupy the house they would buy.
Realty selling, besides being challenging, can sometimes be very frustrating. The job requires too much personal time. A realtor has to give his personal, undivided attention to one client at a time. He has to conduct exclusive tour of the house, explaining each nook and cranny of the place. This hectic selling activity leaves no chance for the hapless seller to meet other prospective clients for the day. Unfortunately, despite this sacrifice of time and effort, there is no assurance that a sale will be closed.
Good news for the realtors! A new technology is now available that makes it possible to offer properties to more clients, at a more personalized level with minimum (or none at all) travel time. In addition, the house on sale can be presented in a more detailed and comfortable way. The clients can be shown every corners of house being offered in the comfort of their homes, anytime convenient to them.
The 3D Floor Plan is now the newest addition to the services being offered by 3sixty Factory. This project offers the state-of-the-art cyber technology whereby photos of the house being offered virtually jump out of the screen in living colours. The pictures are so vivid and realistic that the clients could almost smell the newly painted rooms or touch each in-door plants in the place. The buyers can see the parts of the house from any angle possible, giving them the sensation of being physically there themselves. If the buyers wish, they can always go back to the rooms they have seen earlier for closer details, a very exhausting exercise indeed in an actual physical tour.
With the 3DFloor Plan, a realtor’s time and effort can be multiplied several times. He can do the presentation to more than one client at a time. He can even invite a group to the presentation without wasting travel time. In addition, he can schedule several presentations in a single day thus enabling him to meet more prospects. The 3D Floor Plan can increase his productivity at less time and almost at no cost at all.
How would you like something that works like YouTube but in3D? Awesome!
Awesome, indeed and what is more amazing is — it is here!
Introducing the Sketchfab, the ground-breaking creation of Cedric Pinson, a French entrepreneur and 3D developer.
This revolutionary product has the capability to display, publish, and embed 3D content on any webpage using the WebGL technology. This is done in real-time with no 3rd party plug-ins required. It just needs a WebGL compatible browser.
This web service is easy to use. The user has only to create a free account with them and upload a 3D model in any of the 27 formats supported by Sketchfab, namely:
Blender (.blend), Collada (.dae), Wavefront (.obj),FBX (.fbx), Design Web Format (.dwf), OpenSceneGraph (.osg, osgt, osgb, ive) 3DS (.3ds), Lightwave (.lwo, .lws), Polygon File Format (.ply), Virtual Reality Modeling Language (.wrl), Open Inventor (.iv), Shape (.shp), Standard Tessellation Language (.stl), Biovision Hierarchy (.bvh), Open Flight (.flt), ac3d (.ac), DirectX (.x), Designer Workbench (.dw), 3DC point cloud (.3dc), carbon graphics Inc (.geo), Generic Tagged Arrays (.gta), and Keyhole Markup Language (.kmz).
Sketchfab will then process and display the image in the browser in real-time using the WebGL and HTML technologies.
The good news about Sketchfab is, although it is primarily made to work on its own website, it is so versatile that it can work even on browsers that do not support the WebGL technology. It does this by using a 2D Fallback that displays a pre-rendered 3D model. The web platforms supporting Sketchfab are: facebook, LinkedIn, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, BlenderNetwork, Behance, and WordPress
Who will benefit from this revolutionary invention? Sketchfab is created for YOU who is an artist, designer, engineer, architect, 3D scanner, or anyone like you who wants to show or share his/her works.Join the many who have discovered the amazing capabilities of this web service and turn your creations into masterpieces in the web!
For more details on Sketchfab, please watch the following videos:
Apparently, we all perceived that clipping path services are now the most up-to-date style in terms of outsourcing the services in the industry of graphic designing. With its basic description, clipping path is simply the method of removing the background that is within the image. Clipping path is expediently beneficial in all projects involving graphic designing especially those which requires large and gigantic images editing. At the present time, those companies that belong in the marketing industry, such as those in the arena of magazine production, comprehensively employ clipping path services.
Nowadays, most web developers, graphics designers (online and non-online related projects), and even professional and non-professional photographers who wanted to improve and enhance their images are learning to create a meek clipping path techniques to difficult clipping path strategies.
The clipping path is known to be a vector path that permits even just part of the image to be displayed on the display monitor while whacking the background. This makes clipping path more exceptional and unique as compared to other background removal tools in any brand of photo editing product.
Clipping path is really conveniently advantageous. Since this is a vector path, you have the privilege to stretch and the freedom to even re-shape a path without losing any of the original details. Hence, without guides, you can create multifaceted freehand outlines and figures by hand such as icons, drawings, as well as symbols as long as you have the specialized skills of using the path tool or a pen tool.
In the market of graphic designing industry today, several companies offer clipping path services. Furthermore, it is legitimately hard to select which one you are going to choose since exactly all of them are promising of high quality productivity at a very affordable cost. Consequently, the best thing for you to do is to test first their services simply to check if they can meet your expectations. If they can, go for it and if they can’t, select a different service provider. Over and above everything, quality is still the main concern.
If you own a house or any type of assets and you are planning to sell it, you can make use of creating real estate flyers uniquely for your marketing and advertisement campaigns to your prospective and potential buyers. Take note that these real estate leaflets can be made even at home as long as you have a camera that can capture high definition photos, a computer to edit your brochure, and a printer to produce hard copies of the flyer for the distribution.
On the other hand, you can also employ or hire a service provider that can prepare and organize your real estate flyers. Consider the fact that these leaflets, if created with exquisiteness and magnificence, can help you a lot in terms of achieving desirability and attraction to prospective clienteles. Your accomplishment is continuously determined by the amount of money you disbursed on the production of your flyers and the quantity of individuals to which these flyers will be distributed.
Real estate photo editing must be accompanied with a good title. Take note that the titles that you will deliberate to place in the flyers can easily be understood by any brand of clients such as what type of house or what kind of property you are actually marketing. The photo editing will create more competence and proficiency if you are using a highly specialized photo editing software to distinguish the leaflet’s prototype.
A worthy habit in promoting your real estate flyers is to post announcement to wherever a house is on sale and available for procurement. Consider the fact that any house that is for sale is always visited over and over again by different patrons. Another way is to organize your flyers in all mail boxes within the local area. Just instill in your minds that whatever techniques you are going to pick out, always remember that what is important is to produce a lot of individuals to be aware of your real estate marketing.