Pat Starnes Snippets: Enhancing your on-line photos

Enhancing your on-line photos

Admittedly I'm not as techno-savvy as many of my counterparts, but I'm always open to learn something new. I was excited to discover how to enhance photos easily for my marketing strategies. This is simple enough for even the beginner to perform.


Original photo of houseThe photo on the left was taken late one Saturday afternoon. It had rained all day, but finally slowed to a drizzle. With my client holding an umbrella so I wouldn't get soaked (more importantly, so the camera wouldn't get wet!), I snapped a few photos since I had to have something to put into MLS.Enhanced photo






The second photo shows the home after enhancements through, a site I discovered through ActiveRain. You'll note I cropped the photo to remove the date the photo was snapped and I was able to sharpen the photo and add a border.

Voila! A little effort made a visible difference. Think how much better the Pat Starnesphoto will appear to agents and prospects viewing this property on-line or in print. It's a time saver, too, since I didn't need to drive out to re-take the shot.

If you have any other easy suggestions, please share them with me. Thanks!


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Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, Flowood, Madison and the Ross Barnett Reservoir area

 Pat Starnes, Broker Associate

Front Gate Real Estate, 6700 Old Canton Rd., Suite C

Ridgeland, MS 39157

601-991-2900 - Office

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Comment balloon 10 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • September 25 2008 12:57PM


When possible, I always avoid taking the main property photo straight on. Taking the photo on an angle adds dimension and depth even in a 2D medium.

Interior shots are almost always too dark. But with simple photo editing software you can lighten your images, as well as crop.

Always try to get the widest interior shots. You can always take away, but you can't add to photos.

If you plan to use 10 shots, take 50. 20, 100. 30, 150.

Measure twice, cut once.

Posted by Rob & Jeannie Steward - Realtors®, We Work TWICE As Hard For You! - Ashton Group (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

I also try and take outside photos from an angle.  I've been using Picnik for about a year and that along with Picassa make a great combination.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Pat, is awesome.  I just have the free account but it is great.  I just use it for blogging though.  I don't do much Real Estate photography.

Posted by Jimmy McCall, The Ex-Mortgage Consultant ( almost 11 years ago

That's a good post.  Another thing is re-sizing the pic.  If you don't use a re-sizing progam, it gets blurry and unprofessional.  I see them all the time.

Posted by Randall Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) almost 11 years ago


I was thinking that I've got to do something snazzy with my pictures (blogging).  Thanks, I'm going to give it a whirl. 

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) almost 11 years ago

Great tip.  I wish more people would be so conscientious.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Pat,  I just want to chime in with you.  I learned about on Active Rain fairly recently and have used it and love it.  I'm still learning new looks.  I recommend it as well.

Posted by Vicki Pedersen, Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service (Pedersen Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

I like services that allow you to enhance photos.  However, I draw the line at using photoshop to eliminate or hide unsightly features.  In one photo, photoshop was used to remove high voltage power lines.  It was a waste of time - we cancelled the showing after I went to preview the property.

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - almost 11 years ago

Hey Pat - thanks for this post about  I'll check it out! Currently I have a free version of something called L-View that does a pretty good job. What type of camera do you use?

Posted by Diane Kawell (Windermere Real Estate / West Campus) almost 11 years ago

Diane: I just bought a new Kodak Easy Share 8.2 mp. It was reasonably priced and takes good photos. The camera I used in the post about enhancing photos was an older version, but those photos were also taken on a yucky, rainy day. I've never heard of L-view???? ~Pat

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

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