Before/After: Retouching A High-End Condo

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I took on another real estate retouching project this week and I thought I’d share some of the images with y’all. Let me first give a little background to the project: I did not shoot the photos myself. I am given the photos from the photographer’s marketing team. The only lighting for the photos is what is presented at the home at the time of shooting. No strobes, umbrellas, reflectors or soft-boxes. Just windows and the lights within the home.

The process I use to edit these photos is to create a hand-made HDR (high-dynamic range) photo within Photoshop. I am presented with anywhere from 1–6 exposures of a specific angle and I blend them into one cohesive, high-quality image. Lots of clicking of the mouse and lots of soft, flowing masks are used within Photoshop. It’s a lot of work and it quickly becomes tedious but it can result in some quality images.

My process only uses two applications: Bridge and Photoshop. I am normally a Lightroom junkie but I find that Bridge allows me greater freedom when organizing the shots that I want and that saves me a lot of time. I simply edit each image in the RAW editor (within Bridge) and then transfer them into Photoshop to do the heavy masking and blending.

I’ve included the unedited exposures that I was given to show what goes into creating the final image. Hit the jump to see some of the goodness that was produced.

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Wandering: 2015.01.06 (Part II)

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As promised, here is the second part of the post I began yesterday. These are the photos I felt were the best of the bunch and worthy of their own post. Upon further review of the images there is most definitely a theme of “upward” in this set. Weird and unplanned but whatever. That’s just how I roll. Check ’em out below and let me know which your favorites are from both posts in the comments.

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Wandering: 2015.01.06 (Part I)

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After a recent snowfall I had come to realize that I’ve never went out on a winter photo walk while living in Chicago. This seems a bit odd considering it seems like winter is 7 months out of the year but when the cold weather hits and the snow starts falling I really have no desire to go out into the howling winds and low temps once I am warm and cozy. I suppose all photographers feel like that at some point. Anyway, something must have crawled up my butt the other day because I finally ventured out and braved the weather to get some photos.

This is day one of a two-day post of photos from my outing. It’s a lot of the same places I went on my last photo walk during the fall. I wanted to stay close to home and revisit those familiar scenes to see them in a new light. Today’s post features the photos that I liked but didn’t quite “make the cut.” I figured I’d save the best for last and post my set of favorites tomorrow.

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