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Editing the Kitchen Dining Nook

Lesson 43 from: Real Estate Photography

Philip Ebiner

Editing the Kitchen Dining Nook

Lesson 43 from: Real Estate Photography

Philip Ebiner

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43. Editing the Kitchen Dining Nook


Class Trailer

Introduction to Real Estate Photography


Welcome to Class! What Will You Learn? Who is this Course For?


Real Estate Photography Basics


What Gear Do You Need as a Real Estate Photographer?


Camera Settings & Modes to Use for Real Estate Photography


Can You Use a Smartphone for Real Estate Photography? Pros & Cons


How to Compose Real Estate Photos - The Basics


Lighting Basics for Real Estate Photography


The Window Pull: How to Make the Exteriors Pop


RAW vs. JPEG Photos - Which Should You Shoot?


Key Lesson: What Photos Do You Need to Capture?


How to Take a Real Estate Photo


Basic Room Photo Demonstration with Flambient Technique, Natural, and Flash


Real Estate Photography Demonstration I - Full House Demo


Introduction to this Demo


What Equipment is in my Real Estate Photography Kit?


Walkthrough of the House - Let's See What We're Working With


The Kitchen - Part 1


The Kitchen - Part 2


The Kitchen - Part 3


The Kitchen - Part 4


The Kitchen - Part 5


The Primary Bathroom


The Primary Bedroom


The Laundry Room


The Living Room


A Small Space Bathroom


Real Estate Photography Demonstration II - Full House Demo


Introduction to this Demo


The Living Room


The Kitchen


Bathroom 1


The Primary Bedroom


Bathroom 2


Front Exterior


Back Yard & Exteriors


Editing Real Estate Photos


Introduction & Basic Editing Process for Real Estate Photography


Adobe Lightroom for Real Estate Photography - The Basics


Adobe Lightroom Introduction for Real Estate Photographers


Organizing Photos for Efficient Editing in Lightroom


Basic Editing Process in Lightroom for Real Estate Photographers


Combining Bracketed Photos in Lightroom + a Comparison of RAW vs Bracketed Photo


Natural Light Kitchen Edit


Exporting Photos from Lightroom


Photo Editing Skills You Should Know


Copy and Paste Settings from One Photo to Another in Lightroom


Create & Use Presets in Lightroom


Sky Replacements in Photoshop


Flambient Editing Process


Step-by-Step Flambient Editing Process


Full Editing Demonstrations


Editing the Kitchen Dining Nook


Editing the Primary Bedroom 1


Editing the Primary Bedroom 2 + Removing Objects in a Photo


Editing an Exterior Photo with Sky Replacement


Editing a Kitchen Photo with a Natural Designer Style Look


Quick Bathroom Edit


Advanced Editing Tips & Tricks


Speed Up Your Flambient Workflow with Photoshop Actions


Replacing Photos, Wall Art, and TV Images in Photoshop


Darken TVs in Lightroom


Clean Up Smudges on Stainless Steel Appliances in Lightroom


Editing iPhone photos vs. Professional Camera Photos


Virtual Staging


What is Virtual Staging? What Tools Should I Use?


Virtual Staging in Photoshop with Generative AI Features


The Business of Real Estate Photography


How to Deliver Photo Files to Clients


Tips for Creating a Real Estate Photography Portfolio


Creating a Quick Portfolio Website with Adobe Portfolio


How to Find Your First Clients


How Much to Charge for Real Estate Photography Services


Aerial Photography


The Basics of Drone / Aerial Photography for Real Estate Photography






Lesson Info

Editing the Kitchen Dining Nook

Welcome to this next section of the chorus. In this one. I'm going to go through full demonstrations of editing several photos. Editing is where photos, real estate photography really pops. Of course, you have to get great photos in the beginning, but to take your photos from OK to amazing, it's in the editing room. So I'm going to walk through my entire process for each of these photos and you'll see the name of the photo in the lectures. So jump around to the ones you want, you can follow along with the photos that you have access to from the downloads. So in this one, I'm going to start with the dining nook photo. So the first step is I have my four photos for this set up and I'm going to do my basic edits and walk through this entire process. So I'm going to go ahead and increase my shadows. A bit white balance is pretty good right now. I might make a final adjustment later on. I'm going to bring my blacks down just a little bit, bring back some of that contrast clarity. I'm gonna ...

boost just a little bit as well as texture just to get the textures of the wood paneling, the tiles as well. Saturation vibrance. I'm also gonna boost just to ta ta it for saturate vibrance maybe a little bit for saturation. So that's looking pretty good details, looking pretty good. I'm just gonna boost this up just a little bit for sharpening was set up to like 75 or so lens corrections. I'm going to leave as is for now transform I'm going to leave as is for now. And that's pretty much all of the basic edits that I want to do for this photo. So I'm going to copy and paste these settings so that I do my basic also my detail and that's pretty much it. I'm going to copy this and I'm going to go to my next photo paste it. So this is the photo with the flash pointed at the ceiling. You could see there and pay attention to where the stove is. You can see that it just highlights that stove quite a bit here. I am shining the flash and it's highlighting the background or the, the coffee bar, the dining nook. So that looks pretty good. I'm gonna just paste those settings as well. Looks pretty good. It's a little bit bright so I might bring my highlights just a little bit down for this one or my me my whites down. And then lastly this is our edit for our window pull. So we do get I'm gonna paste those settings which copies the clarity and stuff that helps we do get some reflection in here. That's just because of the windows that are to the left of frame which you can't really get rid of right here. You know, maybe you would want to Photoshop all of this out. So it's a clean ivy looking background, but I'm ok with it being a little bit more realistic for this one, I might play around with the de haze. De Haze can help get rid of some reflections and bring out the details of, of skies and things. But in particular through windows, it can help. I'm gonna boost the exposure just a little bit. Maybe for this one, I am gonna play around with the tint and the white balance just so that the leaves out there look nice and warm and beautiful. So that's looking pretty good. So the rest of this photo looks like junk, right? But for what's outside of the window, it looks pretty good. All right. So our next step is to take these four photos, select them shift, clicking all of them, right? Clicking and choosing to open as layers in Photoshop. All right. So now we're in Photoshop and the first step is just to order our layers properly. So our window pull is going to be at the top. And for this one, I'm going to rename this one last time just so you can follow along a little bit more easily. But in the future, I'm not going to be renaming these are ambient photos going to be next and then our flash photos are at the bottom. So I'm gonna just call this ambient and then flash one and flash two. So the first step if we have multiple flash photos is to blend these together. So what I need to do is probably take the one where I'm standing in the frame and I'm going to erase that part of the image so that it blends with. Now what's behind it. So to do that we can use a layer mask. So I'm gonna take flash to drag it into our layer mask. You're gonna get super familiar with layer mask. Now this is not a high to all layer mask where it turns black. If I had held the option key down, it would have done that. So I'm gonna take my brush be on the keyboard shortcut. You gotta learn those keyboard shortcuts control option, click up or left or right to increase the size. And I'm almost also going to take my opacity up. And so now really the area of this photo that I want to keep is the breakfast nook and the coffee bar on the left. So I'm just going to paint over me standing right there and that looks pretty good. And I'm also just gonna paint over that giant flash in the ceiling. So now if I turn this on or off, you can see what's happening. I'm also going to actually I gotta paint over on the right hand side too because I wanna make sure that we are seeing the stove oven area that the secondary flash photo is really highlighting. So that's pretty good. So now we have these two photos that are going to be combined and I'm going to select both of them right click and just merge layers. So now we have our three standard layers. The next step is to take our ambient photo change the luminosity to 50% and then adjust from there. This is looking pretty good. And again, what this does is it kind of gets rid of those weird color casts that we see with the flash photography, the sort of blue light it brings back some of that ambient lighting to blend it in together. So something around 67 looks pretty good for this photo. Next, we're going to fix our window pull. So I'm going to turn on my window pull. I'm going to turn the mode to darken. So you can see if I highlight that it quickly. Now we can see the the uh window coming through, but we see so much else in this photo that we want to get rid of. So remember how we remove this, we have to create a mask around our window. I use the polygonal lasso tool. There's all kinds of tools but this is the benefit of the polygonal lasso tool tool. And using this method is I can go around these windows even just getting all of them with one go something like this like. So and so now we have all those windows selected. The next thing I need to do is create a layer mask by option clicking this and these order the order of operations can be somewhat changed. But I'm gonna option select this and create a layer mask and that has removed everything that's a hide all layer mask. It removes everything, everything is black. But now, as long as this is black here in our color selector, if I press delete on the keyboard, it deletes the selection that I have with this mask out of the layer mask. So now if I take my marquee tool and just click anywhere to get rid of that, now we have this nicely blended photo window pull, there are some weird sort of shadows going on. So what I could do is zoom in here that's with the Z keyboard shortcut and then holding option to zoom in if you're on the negative key or the zoom out or going up here to the positive plus to zoom in and I'm going to take my brush. So now I have a brush and it's really big. So be on the keyboard. And what I'm going to do is I'm just going to paint out this little line right here and just pressing the space on my keyboard to get my hand tool allows me to move around and this looks pretty good. There's a little bit on this lamp right here. Just a little bit press X on my keyboard to get back my white brush in X to go to black to brush out and this looks pretty good. Now, a quick thing you could do to fix this reflection is something with like the clone stamp tool, where is my clone stamp tool right here. So here's the clone stamp tool. The way this works as we might have seen before is I need to select part of the image that I'm basically going to copy to another area. So I have my brush set, press the option or alt key on your app if you're on a PC click here and now actually, I gotta be on the photo itself, not on the layer mask. So now I'm going to paint in and you'll play. If you play around with this, you'll see that. Look how close I am to the edge of the left side of the window frame. If I click and drag and paint, it's actually painting that left side of the window frame. So you gotta make a selection and only paint so far as where the leaves are basically and you'll get the hang of this. And because this is sort of a background, I think it's gonna look pretty good and I could do the same over here. It's a little bit harder because I don't have as many leaves here to sort of blend together. So I'm just option clicking around, sort of blending it in. Now, let's zoom out. You always want to zoom out to see how it looks. Now, the right side of this window looks a little bit funky. Let me undo some of those, something like that looks better or maybe we just leave that reflection on the right side. But the one on the left actually looks pretty good, especially zoomed out. You're not really gonna notice that um Too much on the left. That reflection was a little bit jarring cool. So now we have our photo, we have some weird color cast going on in the ceiling. I wanna see which yeah, there's some weird stuff going on in the ceiling. There's some blue light, the warmth of the lights up here. So we are going to fix this ceiling now. So remember how we do that, we, we have to flatten these layers by selecting all of them merging layers or flatten image. Either one will work and all of this becomes one image next. I'm gonna take my polygonal lasso tool again, going to select around our ceiling and this time I can actually just add feathering here so I can just feather here. This is a cool option that Photoshop now has and what I'm actually going to do is create a layer mask or a layer adjustment for hue saturation. And it automatically applies that selection to this layer mask. And I'm gonna drop my saturation all the way about like negative 75. I, I still like having a hint of color. And then remember what we did, we took our brush, we dropped the opacity and we just brushed out X on my keyboard to get my black and I just brushed out a little bit around our lights to make sure that we're not losing that. Making a little bit unnatural, gonna do a little bit around this vent too just because it has a little bit of a different color and that's looking pretty good. We can turn this on and off and you can see that it helps get rid of that blue light up here in the top, right? And also it's looks like it's a different exposure, but because we move everything to a sort of desaturated look, it kind of fixes that already cool. So now I'm gonna save this and it's going to send it back into lightroom. So now we have this image in lightroom. So I'm gonna flag it to know that this is the one that I'm working with here. I'm going to make my final adjustments starting with my transform. I like to do transform before crop because sometimes this like changes the crop automatically and kind of fixes what I would do. So I'm gonna take this right side of this cabinet and then also, let's see, always trying to figure out what the most important lines are. I'm gonna take this one first to see this edge of the wall and that does a pretty good job. Oops, let's get rid of that. And let's just take this one as well. It's looking pretty good. All right. So that's looking pretty good. So now what I'm going to do is crop in just ever so slightly. So I'm gonna take my crop tool and just crop into the left just a little bit because that edge wasn't so nice. I like seeing the full uh oven range as much as possible. So that's pretty good press return on my keyboard to get out of crop. Now, I'm noticing this little coffee stain or something on here. So I'm gonna take my healing brush tool and just paint over this and it does a pretty good job blending that together. Ok. Maybe even get rid of this reflection of the light. It's not bad. All right. So that's looking pretty good. Let's see. Just our overall white balance. Let's go back to our basic. I'm gonna take my colored eyedropper. I'm gonna pick the white on the wall over here where it was a little bit warmer because of these lights shining on the, the from the ceiling and maybe from exterior that looks pretty good. I might so close Yeah, I think just dropping the temperature and tin just a tiny bit helps. Another thing that I kind of like doing with cabinets like this. You don't want to go too far. But with the HSL panel, I can take my color picker for saturation and pick this specific color and sort of make them pop just a little bit. You don't want to go too much because one that could just look bad and sometimes it's just bringing up the orange just a little bit but just making it pop just a little bit. Maybe even the luminance might help. Nice, cool. So this is looking really good. I think that's pretty much it. Sometimes I like to go into my tone curve and just see about adding just a little bit more contrast at the very end to the overall image really make it pop. And I can see the before and after of these final edits here with the backslash key or I can see sort of like the first photo and then this edited combined photo here and you can really see the differences. Nice. Last thing I'll show you is sometimes I like to brighten up my ceiling. So I'm gonna take my mask tool. I'm going to use a linear gradient. This is one where you select one side of the frame. So I'm going to just click and drag and you can see that. Now I'm picking the top. I'm not just picking the ceiling though. So I'm going to go sort of rotate it along this edge of the ceiling, then you can click this little middle box and move it around and then let's expand this box. And what I'm actually going to do is subtract some of this from the top of the vent hood and the cabinets. So I can click, subtract I could do a brush and just sort of like brush it out or I could subtract another linear gradient and kind of create one like this and you could really get in there and fine tune it if you're just trying to make a selection of the ceiling. But for this one, I'm just going to do this and then just boost the exposure just a little bit. See how that kind of just brightens up the whole room just a little bit and we can turn that on or off with this mask. So off on, off on. Isn't that nice? Maybe even just bring up the shadows a bit nice. Really makes this this photo pop cool. So this is my breakfast nook photo. I hope you enjoyed watching my full process and we'll see you in another lesson. If you've edited these photos yourself, I would love to see them post them to the class and in the discussion and I would love to check it out. Thank you so much for watching and we'll see you in another lesson.

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Ratings and Reviews


The course is a comprehensive learning experience and Philip's passion and expertise in photography and teaching are evident throughout the course. Key highlights for me included mastering lighting techniques, photo blending for high-quality interiors, and advanced strategies like the 'Flambient' process. This was straight forward, and easy to understand. I live in Australia an grateful that you kept the information relevant to any country.


Hey Philip, Just want to thank you for putting in the time and effort putting this course together. I’ve been shooting for 20 years but never really spent enough time on PS. This course really focuses on what you really need to know. Everything is really straight to the point. Philip provides images so you can follow along and really get a good work flow going. I personally enjoyed the


Overall, the completeness and depth of this course are excellent. The only thing that needs improvement is during the editing portion. Philip's voice was fading in and out even when the volume on my computer was set at 100%. His voice was excellent during the photo shoot portion of the course.

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