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Even though I keep preaching that poorer real estate photos are made with a mobile device for purely technical reasons, there will be at least one or two smartphone apps that may still be useful.
This article is primarily about looking for important functions that normal operating system apps do not offer. There are also little helpers that make life a little easier for photographers.
I take into account the two major operating systems iOS and Android. To what extent these applications may also run on older phones and operating systems is of course difficult to say. Everyone has to try their luck here. In addition, some smartphone apps are also available in a tablet-compatible version.
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Many real estate photos with crooked lines can be found on the Internet. I would prefer to instantly align them vertically, because the bricklayers probably built the house with an accurate spirit level. And you should be able to see that, too. Photos of buildings with vertical correction are simply more pleasant to look at.
This article shows how you can use almost any graphics program to align real estate photos vertically. I recommend the so-called central axis principle for exact alignment. For demonstration I use the professional software Adobe Photoshop, but the principle can also be followed with other modern programs. Then the keyboard shortcuts may be different.
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Yeah, I know: “Buy nice or you buy twice.”, “Quality has its price.”, “For professional results you need professional tools.” and “Bold equipment creates a bold image.”
Neglecting the wisdom, I recently looked for a photo backpack that can do a lot without forcing me to rob a bank.
So far, I use the really great large shoulder bag Jackpack 9000 by photo bag taylor Crumpler for my medium-sized photo projects and also for my workshop trips. On the functional side I am very satisfied with it. Only my orthopedist advises me after some shoulder discomfort, strictly to stop carrying around the awsome Jackpack fully loaded (at least 27 lbs).
So I’m looking for a photo backpack, which distributes the load on my body much better. What quickly turns out: Amongst the bags from known manufacturers, I either find limited functionality or loose a small fortune. In the cheap Amazon shelf, I then find a suitable supposed to be no-name backpack and order it. This is a first test / review.
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Nikon unveiled its new full-frame mirrorless cameras last Thursday: the Nikon Z6 and Z7. These models are supposed to strike fear into the heart of Sony, currently being market leader in this camera segment with their successful Alpha 7 series. Now, since all the show-smoke had vanished, it is time for a little analysis on whether the cameras can be the new stars for real estate photographers.
So much in advance: Nikon has presented two very powerful cameras promising first class image results, and obviousely they do deliver great photos according to the first (independent) images shown.
But, what about real estate photography? Can real estate professionals benefit from the new cameras?
Further down in this post I will also refer to some of the negative critique from the first reviews to find out how far these are relevant to real estate photography.
Meanwhile this article contains four updates, which became known after it had been published.
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Whenever it comes to image editing during my real estate photo workshops, one of the participants always raises the question of how to swap the sky quickly. Finally, objects displayed in bright weather would sell better. This is understandable, especially since we feel warmth and light as pleasant and therefore a new living environment or a new investmen tlooks more beautiful in sunshine.
Photoshop Helps Perfect with Compositing
Conducting such a project is fairly easy with current software products. In technical jargon this blending of different image elements is called “compositing”. If you know, for example, three tools in Photoshop (layers, layer style color range, masks), this is also a fast procedure. Many real estate professionals also believe that their existing software can do so at the touch of a button. However …
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