SandiC7 wrote in post #18722796
I'm not experienced yet... I'm learning. I'm most familiar with levels, color balance, color replacement, exposure adjustments (in Photoshop), and yes, layers and masks. Mostly taking things out of the background of photos with masking or cloning. I have only watched some tutorials on Lightroom, but I haven't used it yet. Was wanting some RAW real estate photos from someone who knows how to take them. I feel like if I use some that weren't taken correctly in the first place (if I do it)... they'll never look good when editing. Hope that makes sense.
Your last statement makes a lot of sense: it's the "garbage in, garbage out" concept. It's good that you have a bit of a photographic eye. I am not a PS master either, but because I strive to get things right in camera, all I do in PS is minor adjustments and cloning out stuff, and final sharpening. I don't do frequency separations, HDR, or any of that. Most of the processing is done in CaptureOne.
I've done background replacements, and I've seen others do it. I clearly remember a photo where they replaced an overcast sky (I'm assuming they thought it gloomy) with a bright blue sky... only they forgot the building wasn't casting any shadows, and the whole picture looked wrong. Again, a bit of a photo eye is needed for editing.
Hopefully you'll get some good images to work on. I do have real estate photos, but as Mr Marchant mentioned above: my clients would freak out if I shared them.