Entries Tagged as 'Poor Photography'

Dumb Donald, the Real Estate Photographer

January 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

The photographer thought he would disguise his shadow by hiding behind an umbrella pole.

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Or is he actually Dumb Donald from the Fat Albert TV cartoon?

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Tags: Pool & Spa · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Tips For Good Real Estate Photography

December 7th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Here are some helpful suggestions for taking the best real estate photos.

Don’t take close-up photos.  If the general public can’t figure out what your photo is about, then step back and retake the photo.

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Don’t let yourself be seen in real estate photos.  Buyers don’t want to see the photographer.

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Don’t let your photography equipment show up in real estate photos either.  Not very professional looking.

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Don’t overexpose your shot.  Yes, this really is a photo used to sell a home.

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Fish eye lens are creepy.  Don’t use them, especially in bathrooms.

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Stay in focus.

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Keep your hand steady.

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Pay attention to the true horizon for a balanced shot.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Poor Photography · Chandler, AZ Homes

King of the Castle

October 10th, 2015 · 4 Comments

A mannequin/statue of a king!  Sorry there aren’t other photos of the king.  We really wanted to see more of him.  Imagine yourself as a buyer walking into this house and seeing the king with a sword facing you!  From the photo, it looks 7 feet tall.

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Tags: Staging · Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Real Estate Market Is Still Upside Down In Houston, Texas

October 4th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Actual photo of a Houston, Texas home for sale.  Upside down.  First photo too.

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Tags: Poor Photography · Other US Cities

Three Requests

September 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

To the seller of this Chandler, Arizona home, we have 3 requests:
1. Do not use a fish-eye lens when taking photos of your bathroom
2. Do not stand in front of the mirror when taking the photo

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3. Wear something more appropriate besides a tank top and pajama bottoms.
Thank you.

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Tags: Bathroom · Poor Photography · Chandler, AZ Homes · People In Photos

Short Sale After Refinancing

September 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Unsafe fan with no protective cover.

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This house was purchased in 2004 for $95,000.

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They refinanced in October 2006 with a new $126,000 loan.

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They refinanced again in June 2007 for $174,000.

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Money was not spent on home improvements.

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And now they’re selling it as a short sale.

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Tags: Bathroom · Kitchen · Bedroom · Safety Issue · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Water Damage

Seven Suggestions For Better Real Estate Photos

June 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Buyers rely on photos when looking for homes on-line.  Best to have good real estate photos.

Be careful of taking photos too close up.  You’ll get a blurry photo plus your reflection.  Buyers want to see the whole thing, not a portion.

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Be mindful of bright backgrounds.  They’ll overexpose the photo.

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Don’t shoot into the sun either.  Come back another time if needed.  Or use your hand to block the sun.  [This was the only photo available of the property]

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Don’t use a fish-eye lens, especially in a bathroom.  It’s creepy.

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Don’t take a photo of a print.  It’s tacky.  Go outside and take a real photo of your house.

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Be careful of window reflections.  Try a different angle or be sure the street view is nice.

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Don’t use time stamps on photos.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Tempe, AZ Homes · Poor Photography

Bathroom Blues

April 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Taking real estate photos of bathrooms can be very tricky.

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Mirrors are hard to shoot around.

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Mirrors are a reflection of your photography skills.

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Sometimes two photographers are needed to get the right shot.

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Professional attire is recommended if you are going to be included in the photo.

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A 50% improvement over the other photos.

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You have to hand it to her for ingenuity, at least.

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The seller was a little too late for boxing up her toiletries.

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Tags: Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Surprise, AZ Homes · Poor Photography · Shower Curtain

Photoshop Shenanigans

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

I declare shenanigans on this real estate photo.  Fake grass!  Look at the repeated pattern.

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Filled in with fake grass.  Phony!  Misleading.  Imagine the disappointment when you see it in person.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

The Aim Is a Little Off

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

The poor photographer had a rough go at this house.  Let’s see if we can offer advice.  How about not taking a close-up photo of clutter?  It serves what purpose?

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We want to see the dining room.  You’re too far to the left in this shot.

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Well now you’re too close to the table.  How about stepping back?

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No, further back! [sigh]

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Not ideal, but probably the best we’re going to get.  Let’s move on to the kitchen.

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Again, you’re too close!  Any why show the junk pile?  Let’s step back and shoot to the left.

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That’s better, but what possessed you to use a fish-eye lens?  Now the cabinets are warped.  Please try again.

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[sigh]  I think we’re done here.  Thank you.  You can leave now.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Dining Room · Wood Paneling · Poor Photography