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What Are the Limits of Photoshopping Listing Photos?

08/12/2018
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Justin in Australia pointed out this recent article in News.com.au about the listing photos misrepresenting the color of the Brisbane River. Some Reddit users noticed that there was a little part of the river in the lower right of the photo that had been missed by whomever did the photoshopping job. This error makes the […]
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How to Replace the SKY in ANY Photo in Photoshop Like a PRO!

23/11/2018
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?I recently ran across this video on sky replacement by Jesus Ramirez and was impressed by what a complete and easy to understand explanation he gives about how to replace skies in Photoshop. We've talked about where to get skies for replacement before. Here is a recap of sources:

Photoshop Sky Replacement Using Blend-If by John McBay

06/10/2018
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The following is the first of a 51 page PDF tutorial written by John McBay that you can download here. For those who don't know John's work, he has written the e-book, Image Editing for Real Estate available here and created the video series Image Editing for Real Estate available here. Note: John updated the […]

Lumenzia: A Luminosity Masking Panel for Photoshop

30/08/2018
In the most recent episode of Shooting Spaces Podcast, Rich and Brian interviewed Greg Benz who is the developer of Lumenzia, which is an extension for Photoshop that allows you to: Select and mask anything visually Creates masks automatically Simplifies exposure blending Keeps files smaller by not using channels Creates vignettes with ease I think […]

How to Clean up Wrinkles in Photoshop.

04/03/2018
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?Don in Florida asks: What's the best way to smooth out wrinkles in bedding, curtains, etc.? Rich Baum has a video tutorial that answers this question directly but while we're on the topic, if you aren't already familiar with the power of frequency separation do yourself a favor and check out this video from Aaron […]

How to Retouch Interiors in Photoshop

17/07/2017
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Alex in Florida says: I wanted to share this video from PHLEARN on how to remove distractions from your image in Photoshop (cables, and whatever). He does this example on an interior shot, so it should serve as a good lesson to people who don't know how to do this.

Is Compositing Ambient and Flash Shots in Photoshop for You?

18/03/2017
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Sharon recently asked the following: I would love to know via a poll how many real estate photographers do a Lightroom to Photoshop composite process vs. lighting the way Scott Hargis does where you spend much less time post processing.  I see so many tutorials on YouTube for compositing, and it seems like it's a very […]

Manual Exposure Blending With Photoshop

11/07/2016
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Last week Andi, a beginning photographer in Australia, asked me to identify what technique one of his competitors was using. It didn't look like an ambient shot, it looked a little like flash but not completely. It was clearly flash and ambient blend. Some call it exposure blending in Photoshop. Beginning real estate photographers may […]

Should You Photoshop The Grass In Real Estate Photos?

06/12/2012
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I got an anonymous question today about photoshopping the grass in listing photos. Here is the question: How far can retouching go before it becomes dishonest and a misrepresentation? The images in question (one of which is the one to the right) show VERY obviously fake PS grass, to the point where it is almost carpet-like. I agree […]

Using Puppet Warp In Photoshop CS5 To Straighten Walls

31/08/2011
If you have Photoshop CS5 and do real estate photography you should know about how to use the puppet warp feature to straighten walls in architectural photos. Thanks to Jeff for sending me this video! I'd never paid much attention to puppet warp but it is a really cool feature. Note that this feature was […]

How to Quickly Mask Windows and Skies in Photoshop

13/04/2011
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Doing quick Photoshop masks for sky replacement or window replacement on interior shots is a frequent need that real estate photographers have. I created this video a number of years ago but have had several situations recently that people wanted to mask interior windows. The crux of creating such masks is that the mask edges […]
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