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« on: January 19, 2013, 02:56:46 PM »
This was a cheaper job I did and instead of the standard 5 shot bracket fused together with LR/Enfuse, these just single raw shots edited in LR. Let me know what you think =-)

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 03:55:18 PM »
I think these are GREAT....much more natural looking.

What methods did you used in LR?

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 05:19:57 PM »
The greens look very unnatural to me.
 
Also, I've found that shots like these that include a bright light source in the shot, like bright sun through the windows, switched on light fixtures and such can often benefit from a conservative application of HDR.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 05:43:52 PM »
I think these are GREAT....much more natural looking.

What methods did you used in LR?

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Thank you =-) I pretty much pulled the highlights down and the shadows up all the way. added lots of contrast, lowered the clarity and upped the vibrance. Then white balance and lens correction stuff as needed.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 07:45:04 PM »
The greens look very unnatural to me.
 
Also, I've found that shots like these that include a bright light source in the shot, like bright sun through the windows, switched on light fixtures and such can often benefit from a conservative application of HDR.

Yeah. The client likes the unnatural looking style better. and pushed saturation and stuff.. I usually do HDR and enfuse in LR but it was just a cheaper job and didn't really want to put the time into doing hdr for this job at all.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 09:03:43 PM »
Yeah. The client likes the unnatural looking style better. and pushed saturation and stuff.. I usually do HDR and enfuse in LR but it was just a cheaper job and didn't really want to put the time into doing hdr for this job at all.

It's interesting... I don't think I like the style, but I suppose if that's what the client wants, it's hard to argue with that. And for what it's worth, it looks like you've pulled off the style very well... things look sort of, ethereal? I dunno, but there's a certain soft quality to the light that is nice, if that's what you're into. I'd be curious to see what these looked like SOOC, if you wouldn't mind posting one for comparison's sake?

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 10:56:56 AM »
Yeah. The client likes the unnatural looking style better. and pushed saturation and stuff.. I usually do HDR and enfuse in LR but it was just a cheaper job and didn't really want to put the time into doing hdr for this job at all.

It's interesting... I don't think I like the style, but I suppose if that's what the client wants, it's hard to argue with that. And for what it's worth, it looks like you've pulled off the style very well... things look sort of, ethereal? I dunno, but there's a certain soft quality to the light that is nice, if that's what you're into. I'd be curious to see what these looked like SOOC, if you wouldn't mind posting one for comparison's sake?

Thanks for sharing!

I definitely know what your saying and I actually agree with you =D. And what do you mean SOOC?
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 09:23:04 AM »
THey mean straight out of camera

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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2013, 10:25:15 AM »
I used to do a lot of real estate photos... The issues I have with are the colors for the exterior and colors for the windows/open door just look off...  HDR tends and faux HDR tends to do that... I think it's odd and many realtors hire me because they dont like other photographers over-doing HDR.  With that said, I do like the interiors...  The living room/kitchen shot, I would crop a bit to get rid of the excess ceiling and floor...  As i was trained... if an area of the photo doesn't HELP a photo, then it's hurting a photo and get rid of it.  The excess ceiling and floor doesn't help, it just makes the walls and kitchen far away...  I'd crop that about 20-30% to make a great panorama.  I may even do that for the exterior and get rid of some sky and get rid of part of the cracked driveway.  Lastly, while I love that spiral staircase...  that looks wonderful, the wide angle makes the hanging light chandelier look VERY distorted and unnatural.  I would reposition the camera so either than light fixture isn't in the shot, or nearer the middle so it doesn't warp as much in the wide angle. 
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2013, 10:33:16 AM »
Love the shots! Makes me want to move in lol

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2013, 11:24:06 AM »
Looks a little flat to me.  :(

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2013, 11:55:42 AM »
The interior shots look fine (especially considering this is not a high pay assignment). I would still bring down the vibrance of the outdoor image. Somehow for me this high vibrance and bad patches of grass on the left make the overall impression of an older building. Overall, good job for a quick $$  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2013, 12:59:42 PM »
Is Stockham Media your website? Do you run it yourself or lease space off the cloud, etc?

Do you host all your real estate images there for your clients or do you give them the shot to host on their own sites? Do they just link to your site from their sites? What do you charge (if you don't mind) for hosting the images in addition to taking them?

I'm in a MUCH different part of the country than you are from looking at the houses you shoot, so, don't worry about local competition from me, but I'd love to learn the ropes and try to do a little of that down here in the New Orleans area....

I've got some contact through a friend on high end home sales down here...he's likely gonna do most of the stills, and I'm going to do most of the video, but am trying to get at least a ballpark idea on what to charge and what services (like hosting, I do have my own servers) would be worth to them if I offered.

Enjoying your stuff, keep posting and thank you for all the questions you've answered so far for me and others on the list here.

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 07:03:19 PM »
The first thing I see in the first image is the cracks and the grass in the concrete joints of the driveway.  That tells me that the home was not well maintained, and I'd not really be interested. 
If thats what the client wants ....

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 07:17:33 PM »
I too, used to shoot a lot of real estate - high end real estate. My thoughts on the images are that they look way too fake - the colors don't pop (no contrast), the grass and sky are the wrong color (looks like a colored pencil drawing), the HDR effect gives a hazy white "diffused" look to the images, and there's too much vertical distortion from the WA lens (walls should be parallel). They are definitely flat and need more dynamic range.

The compositions are good, but for the darkened areas, you should add/turn on some light (last shot - the shower should be popping with light so that it looks inviting). The kitchen shot has 3 color temperatures - that' makes the shot look unnatural and "dirty".

It's best to avoid using any HDR when doing RE imaging. It's like the truth in advertising stuff, should look natural. Now, if you add some light, that's better. It's the highlight to shadow range that is far apart, making you want to use HDR. But, if you light it right, you'll get much more contrasty, natural images. You can use a ND grad for the sky on outdoor stuff, fill strobes to brighten up shadows (under carports, etc). Indoors, turn on every light AND put bulbs in that are the right color temperature AND matching! I carry a Pelican that has nothing but 50 or so bulbs that are all the same temp.

And, I would have definitely cleaned up the ground - myself or have my client do it first.

Even though it's a low pay job, there's still a standard you should establish. You don't want to explain to anybody and everybody who see's the shots that it was a cheap job - you want them to know what level of work you do (and assume that it was high paying!). I shoot for quite a few brokers and firms - if they were being cheap, I'd walk away gladly. I don't want to be known for being a cheap shooter, but rather a "perfectionist" and let my work negotiate the pay!
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