- May 31, 2019 at 10:29 pm #408719
New member here. Wanted your opinions on the attached photos. Its a real estate shot using 5 brackets. Shot on a Fuji XT-3 using a XF 10-24 lens. The cottage was really small so had to use the lens at 10mm. Room was only lit with little light from the windows and the two lamps seen in the photo. Processed in LR and PS.
Thank you in advance.
- May 31, 2019 at 10:34 pm #408721Maureen PhotographParticipant
Addie, it came out nice. My suggestion would be to pull the blinds all the way up to capture more natural light, maybe with the lamps off too. Also if the view is decent out the windows, move a step or two to the right and capture more of the windows and view. Obviously bracketing would be needed, which you’re already doing.
- May 31, 2019 at 10:39 pm #408722
Stepping to the right makes sense. There was actually a dinner table and this is how far right I could go. But I should have pulled the blinds since the outside view was good.
- June 1, 2019 at 1:54 am #408757Tom MParticipant
This came out nice,other than the 2 or 3 hot spots from the lights on the ceiling and walls. Opening the shades as noted might help…
- June 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm #408825
Thanks. And noted. I guess I got too involved in getting the distortion and technicalities right, that I forgot about other things to improve. Notes…. gotta make notes. 🙂
- June 1, 2019 at 2:02 am #408759DorothyParticipant
Hi Addie: I would touch up the dark spot on the ceiling above the fireplace as well as what looks like patchwork on the ceiling to the left of the dark spot. On the left wall it looks like the circle on top of the bookcase is somehow repeated on the wall. Thing is if this is being done for a Real Estate Company for advertising they may have rules about what can and cannot be touched up. I do agree letting daylight in would be a good idea.
- June 1, 2019 at 9:54 am #408786Steve WalkerParticipant
I think you have done a good job here, working in difficult conditions. I am impressed that you have achieved so little distortion. I would recommend a crop from the left to remove the squiggly plant branches and from the right to close the entrance into the other room.
- June 1, 2019 at 8:10 pm #408822
Well noted. I will crop it. And you are right. This was a challenge. I got a lot right but there are a few things I got to improve after my post.
- June 1, 2019 at 11:57 am #408800Lenny WollitzParticipant
This would be a good photo if you want to use it on line to sell your house. If you want to be artsy I think it needs an obvious subject… I can’t figure out what you want me to look at.
- June 1, 2019 at 8:08 pm #408820
This was done for a property owner. I just wanted ideas to improve on this, and I have been given a lot of great ideas here since my post. Thank you all
- June 1, 2019 at 5:08 pm #408815Federico AlegriaParticipant
Hi there @darthaddie, and welcome to our place. When I think of cottages I immediately think about coziness, and I’m not getting that from this shot. But there is a solution! The problem here is light, what you need to do is simple, find a tripod (or something to keep your camera perfectly still) and turn off all the lights, and make a long exposure, then correct the white balance to reduce the harsh yellow and extremely warm tones and voila! There you’ll have a cozier result. Please let me know how it goes.
- June 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm #408818
Thats exactly what I intended to do. But the cottage owner totally disliked that and showed me a couple of million dollar houses he got shot earlier. They were all desaturated, very warm, and totally lit up. Then I had to go this route. My first edit was a dimly lit, cosy look.
- June 2, 2019 at 1:32 am #408897Graham HartParticipant
Hi Addie, nice shot. My only suggestions would be to reduce as many eye snags as possible, which without ‘touch ups’ which means cropping. I would maybe crop both sides in a bit to remove the plant and the doorway into…wherever it goes? This way the eye stays in the room and takes in the environment without wandering away too much.
- June 2, 2019 at 10:15 am #408939
I agree now that you mentioned it. I would crop it tighter. Thanks!
- June 2, 2019 at 3:01 pm #408951Maureen PhotographParticipant
For real estate photos, it’s best if they’re done only in natural light, but should not be dark and cozy because lighter pictures show better; therefore do multiple exposures and blend so there’s no dark areas, also process to be “slightly” high-key.
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