Last week my wife Levi got a e-mail flyer for a new listing in Redmond, WA on Seattle's Eastside. She forwarded it to me as she exclaimed how this single little front shot made her want to go see this little cottage. This is exactly what front shots are suppose to do right?
While what I call the "radioactive look" in HDR has never been my favorite, I have to admit this little image has substantial impact to it even in thumbnail form. Much of the attractiveness of this photo is the cottage style of the home, the punchy red color and the fact that this shot is very well composed. That is, three-quarter angle, not directly from the front or side view.
The interior shots on this listing are done with the same "pumped up" HDR style. As a whole this style of real estate photography creates a cartoon like look that for this little cottage isn't all bad. After all the design of the home is a fun loving informal 2006 rendition of a 1930's design so in a way this cartoon like photographic style kind of fits the property style.
I have many real estate photographers tell me that this style of HDR is popular with some agents. I can believe that, however, even though the bright over saturated colors are attention getting I'm skeptical that this style will sell very well to more visually sophisticated upper-end agents. There seems to be a bunch of low end agents that really like this style of work and others that hate it. I tend to associate this over bearing style of HDR with low-end home and real estate photographers that are still learning.
I'm interested to know what people think about this style and what your experience is with how it is accepted?