Introduction & Basic Editing Process for Real Estate Photography
Welcome to this section on editing and post processing your photos. We're going to make your photos look amazing in this lesson. I just want to talk about like the applications and the basic process that I do for editing and then we're going to dive into the applications actually doing it in the next ones. So the apps that I recommend are Lightroom and Photoshop, both made by Adobe. I loved Adobe be products. They work really well together. I'm just used to them, but they do cost money. They have a monthly or an annual subscription, which is not always fun. But if you're a professional, you're going to make your money back. Well, by using these products. Affinity photo is an alternative if you want a one time purchase product. So it's not a subscription which is nice. And then there are free alternatives like the photos app that comes with a Mac or comes with a Windows computer. Those are great for basic editing, but you're not going to be able to do a lot of the things we do in this c...
lass like combining photos doing that Flam Bent style of, of photography that is a little bit more advanced so you can get away with some basic editing, using any sort of free app. But I would highly recommend checking out Lightroom and Photoshop. That's what I'll be using in this class. Really, the question is when it comes to editing and how to edit photos is, what's the style you're going for? I think for a lot of real estate photography, you're just going for that bright air and clean look. And if you're going for a different style, then that's up to you to kind of come up with how you edit it. But I would sort of stay away from being too stylized with your real estate photos. Remember at the very beginning of the course I talked about our main purpose is to show the space to show the details of the space, how it's laid out what's included in a space. Don't go any further than that. You're not trying to create art with your photos. You're trying to ultimately at the end of the day, sell a product so that product has to be seen easily. And so that bright airy clean look is what we're going to be doing in this class. My basic editing process is as follows, start with cropping and rotating, which helps recompose that image. If there's something that I want to crop out of it, helps straining out those horses horizontal lines, those vertical lines as much as possible with a simple rotation, then you straighten your lines. So using the transform tool and lightroom, I'll go over this or any other tool. There's ways to actually tell the program. I want this line to be up and down in this one too and it will make sure it happens. You want to do your white balance and color adjustments. So this is just making sure that oh my gosh, my cat wants to be in this class. We're just gonna let you be in this class for a second. So for white balance and color adjustments, this is just making sure the colors don't look off. Whites are true white. It's not looking green or pink or orange in your photo. You want to do your adjustment to your exposure, your shadows, your highlights. So this is probably oftentimes bringing up the exposure of your shadows, maybe bringing down the highlights a little bit. So you have a much more even look not super contrasty, not super dark or anything like that. And then another thing I'll add is a little bit of clarity or detail, which in lightroom, it's simply the clarity slider, there's also a texture slider, but also looking at things like the detail panel, which is the sharpness. And if you have any noise in your photos, which happens with darker rooms with longer exposures and also with higher is OS which you're probably not shooting with. So just paying attention to those things and then beyond those basic edits, we move towards our advanced settings, which are is when we're blending together images, we'll then be masking out windows or masking windows into your photo. Potentially even virtually staging our photos. This is something we haven't talked about but adding furniture to a room. This takes a lot of work and effort. If you're doing it manually using like Photoshop, there's services out there that do this and online apps that can help you do this, which I would highly recommend checking out. This is definitely going to be that premium cost to your real estate photography if you are providing it as a service and then you can do things like sky or grass replacements for your exterior photos. So that's the basic editing process. Those are the tools I recommend. Now let's dive into actually editing and we're going to start with some a brief overview of how to use lightroom.