Posted by on April 1, 2018

 Inserting fire into fireplace

To fix fire in a fireplace I use this method that I discovered myself.  There are several reasons why we may end up without a fire in a fireplace during a photoshoot. The fireplace maybe broken or turned off, could not find a secret switch, it was turned on but the photo did not capture the fire nicely, etc.  In any case, the fix is very easy. We need a stock photo of any fire, it usually comes on black background which is perfect. We bring the fire as a new layer and craft it keeping in mind the perspective. And most importantly – we adjust a blend mode. How? Watch this short video:

Manual HDR

During a photoshoot for any real estate listing I use a tripod and take 2 or 4 exposures of the same setting. Then I use the best parts from each photo to manually merge them in Photoshop. (I also adjust colour, tone down on yellow in white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, ceiling, etc., brighten, sharpen, save, rename and resize.) The process takes 5 mins per photo on average. Most colleagues do not share my approach as it is quite laborious, and I have tried a few other methods for the sake of speeding up the process. I have to say, it all comes down to what each person is most comfortable and happy with in terms of workflow and outcomes. The method in the video below is the one I use 90% of the time in my editing process. Consequently, 90% of samples on this website are the result of my manual HDR editing.

Getting Rid of a Sleeping Grandpa

While most owners are fully aware they are not for sale together with the property, sometimes I find random folks here and there on the pictures. A passing by person, an agent chatting with a client, curious owners following me from one room to another, kids, pets, my own reflection in the mirrors. Has there ever been a case when I did not have to ask someone to move? Hmm…

In my case today, I was very much aware of an elderly person quietly resting on a patio just because minutes ago he was resting on the couch in the family room. We asked him to hide. It worked for a family room photo from one angle but it totally exposed him from another angle. At first, I thought I should just disregard the photo and not include it into the gallery. Then I decided to accept the challenge and make a video out of the process. So here it  (at moments speed up four times!) –