Peter in Canada wants to hear about the subject of virtual staging. He says:
I know you have covered virtual staging before but it's been a while. My questions are:
- How many of you out there do virtual staging?
- What's the best or most popular software for this?
Yes, we discussed virtual staging about a year ago. Here is my crack at answering Peter's questions:
- How widespread is it being used? My sense from looking at a lot of real estate photographers websites and from comments on past posts on virtual staging is it is not widespread (my guess is about 5% of real estate photographers provide virtual staging services). The reason is, it's not easy to do well and it's time-consuming and expensive so you need to charge as much for virtual staging a few rooms as for the rest of the shoot if you are going to make money at it. Not all markets will accept this extra cost. It probably works fine in upper-end markets.
- What's the best or most popular software for virtual staging? From the research I've done, there are a number of online DIY staging websites. Realtourvision.com, Visualstager.com and virtualstagingsolutions.com. And there are probably some I've missed. The reason these are all online subscription sites is that a large part of virtual staging software is access to an extensive library of 3D furniture. This is not something you're going to do with Photoshop and some photos of furniture from past shoots. Furniture needs to be in 3D form so it can be rotated around to look natural.
How many of you use virtual staging and what software or service do you use?