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My 1st RE Shoot - Feedback Welcomed

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Feb 26, 2017 16:40 |  #1

I completed my first RE shoot earlier this week, and delivered 25 photos to the client initially, then he ordered one more. He and his business partner were very pleased with the work and plan to hire me for their future properties. So things are off to a good start.

I would however, appreciate any feedback you guys have in ways I can improve. Below are a few examples of my photos. Constructive criticism is welcomed. While the client is very happy, and friends & family are all impressed, I know that I am just getting started and have much room to improve.

Thanks for any feedback. In addition to things that I didn't do so well, and ways to improve. If there are things I did do well, let me know that also. Just trying to learn as much as I can as I grow this new side of my photography.

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This next shot took a bit of extra work in post. I first created two copies of the image, one with WB adjusted for the bedroom which makes the bathroom extremely yellow, and one with the WB adjusted for the bathroom which makes the bedroom very blue. Then I layered those in PS, used a layer mask to paint in the bedroom. This left the door jam separating the two rooms extremely dark and blue. I used a desaturation adjustment layer and painted the door jam. I should have also done that to the window, because after delivery of the images, I was showing my fiancée how I did that and she was like, the window needs it too. So I painted the desaturation layer on the window and what an improvement. So that's one area I already know I could improve.



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Feb 27, 2017 19:57 |  #2

Looks pretty good, any realtor should be happy to have these. I would bring the exposure down on the exterior, and not show so much dead grass, maybe warm it up too.

Interiors look solid, nice composition and staging, although obviously that overcast weather made the interior a challenge to white balance. For basic real estate stuff I usually just desaturate the blue slider in LR, don't normally mess with loading two separate files and getting into layer masks. If the balance is really challenging, I might set the WB to somewhere around 3500 then dial back the saturation on both the blue and yellow sliders. Nothing wrong with that of course, but for average RE work you'll want to spend as little time in post as possible. Realtors want images back ASAP (usually), and can mostly not tell the difference if you spend an extra 10 minutes on a single images.

That said, if you are ever really determined to match the WB in these kinds of conditions, you could take a frame with no interior lights on, then blend with another photo with interior lights, and maybe a CTO gelled flash. You'll be able to match the color temps almost perfectly, and the blend should look pretty good, although take much more time. If you have a second speedlight, look out for images where you can hide it, and turn off the interior light, such as the shot of the master looking into the bathroom.

If you keep shooting this stuff, get acquainted with the better business practices and norms, as realtors have shallow pockets (mostly). You should make sure that you're charging something reasonable for extra services (retouching, blue sky, added fireplace, rush processing), but also work out a system so that you don't need to spend too much time on any one of these.

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Apr 18, 2017 19:22 |  #3

The lights may have peeked in some of the shots but overall very well composed. (external link)
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