August 5th, 2008
The main point I want to stress is that if you are starting out in real estate photography and trying to decide what photo editing software is best for you, Lightroom 2 (or Aperture 2.1) and PTlens is all you need to do create great interior photos. Here’s why:
- Lightroom and Aperture is all you need to quickly sort and adjust your images. The only thing they are missing for basic real estate image editing is a way to fix barrel distortion and create perfectly straight verticals.
- PTlens supplies these missing essential features in Lightroom and Aperture and it interfaces beautifully with both apps. Not only that but PTlens is available for both Windows and Mac and only costs $15. What more could you want?
Here are some of the things I like about using PTlens as an external editor from Lightroom or Aperture:
- Once it has verified the lens you are using, barrel distortion correction is automatic.
- After you’ve made fixes to the verticals and come back to Lightroom you can revisit any of the Lightroom image adjustments like exposure, etc.
- PTlens will repair chromatic aberration. This is important for Aperture users because for some reason Apple left out this essential feature from Aperture.
- PTlens will even handle adjustment of images created with a fisheye lens.
What about Photoshop Elements (PSE) and Photoshop CS3 (PSCS3)? I get asked this all the time and here’s what I tell people: Photoshop evolved over the last 10 years or so as a photo-editor that does everything for everybody whereas Lightroom and Aperture were specifically designed in the last year or two just for photographers. They are really good at helping you catalogue, sort, select and adjust images from a photo-shoot. Yea, there are some things you may eventually want to do that you will need one of the Photoshops for like sky or window replacement, removing cars from driveways or using the photomerge feature to create panoramas but these things are in the advanced 5% of real estate photography post processing.