House Talk with Silvia Dukes


Photo Editing for Real Estate

Photo Editing for Real Estate


"A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"

... and you may add "if done right". 


Especially in real estate, photos are often the first thing that buyers will look at when searching for homes and only if the pictures are enticing, look for more information from descriptions or even contact the real estate professional. 

Before publishing a photo, it is worthwhile to see if it could be improved in its appearance. For editing of my photos I use ipiccy, an online photo editor that allows me to adjust brightness, contrast, crop, cut and even add text if I wish.  Here is an example of a photo edit:


BEFORE Photo Editing

The pool photo below was taken at one of my waterfront properties for sale in Hernando Beach. It was taken with a wide angle so in the BEFORE photo, the outside edges appear a little distorted and the photo appears a little dull overall.


Pool Before Editing


To improve the appearance of the photo and make the pool "sparkle", I edited the photo in several steps:

1.  I first straightened the photo.  

2.  Then I cropped it while maintaining its original size properties.  This took away the distortion on the sides and also cut away some of the chair on the right side directing the eye more toward the center of the photo. 

3. Then I brightened the photo by increasing the exposure and contrast to lighten up the overall appearance and decrease the effect of the shadows.  

4. Finally, I increased the vibrance of the colors to deepen the hues. 


AFTER Photo Editing




Relatively small changes resulted in a brighter photo and a more inviting scene. 

Don't you just want to step out onto the deck and enjoy the view of the water or jump into the pool for a refreshing swim? 

By the way, this Hernando Beach waterfront home was on the market for only a few days before the seller received and accepted an offer. 





 For more information about Hernando County Homes and Land for sale including Spring Hill and the communities of Timber Pines, Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club, Silverthorn, and Hernando Beach , please call or visit my website!

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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Those are interesting examples and kind of subtle but effective all the more.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 3 years ago

Well dopne, nice education on how to improve a photo, often see those wide angle photos which make you feel drunk...

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 3 years ago

You did this without removing anything in the photo (I had an agent remove a large pole in the yard from a photo) It is important to put the home in the best light...not remove negatives.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 3 years ago

Laura Cerrano yes, overdoing it could do more harm than good!

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  thank you, some photos are not "rescue-able" - it's always good to take plenty from the start so you have a good choice of what to use. 


Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 3 years ago

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Thanks, I don't particularly care for the pool cleaner hose left in the pool....  or I could have removed or cropped out the little bit of green from the sun umbrella at top right.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 3 years ago

Your editing definitely improved the photo and made it pop. It still looks very natural and your proved that by selling it so fast.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago

I love iPiccy Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  it really makes a big difference

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 3 years ago

Hi Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, you did a great job with the editing, blue color looks truly inviting. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 3 years ago

Let me grab my flippers.  I am ready to jump in!  Great job.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 3 years ago

Hi Sylvia - Nice job on the edits - it's always the little touches that make the big difference. Thanks for your entry!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 3 years ago

What a great illustration of photo editing.  I love those Florida cages over the pool area.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 3 years ago

I love the look on both but when you are selling Florida, brighest is important.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 3 years ago

Yes I do want to take a dip in that lovely pool! What a HUGE difference in the before and after.  Very nicely done Siliva!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 3 years ago

WELL DONE!  You grab the drinks while I grab my suit!

Posted by Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how! (Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words certainly applies in this situation.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 3 years ago

That is such an important lesson we must all learn. Thank you Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! almost 3 years ago

I have been amazed at how simple rotation of a photo can make a great deal of difference.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 3 years ago

Nice job on the photo editing.  It really is much more inviting after being tweaked.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 3 years ago

I don't see the "before" one! But the "after" looks fabulous.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea over 2 years ago

This is excellent advice to share. I use all of the time.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

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