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How to Edit Real Estate Photos Like a PRO in Adobe Lightroom

teacher avatar Edin Chavez, Changing the world one photo at a time.

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. (continued from Intro) The Basic Panel

    • 3. Lens Corrections

    • 4. Details

    • 5. Transform Tool

    • 6. Final Touches

    • 7. How to Edit a Dining Room

    • 8. How To Edit a Kitchen

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to edit real estate and architectural photos like a professional. Editing your images is just as important as the photo itself. 

There are 2 parts to every photo, the composition and the editing. You must finish your images before you send them out to your client. This attention to detail will guarantee to return customers and of course more money

In this class, we will cover editing from start to finish. We will edit a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. These are the most important rooms in a home especially when trying to sell it. 

This course will give you a great foundation to start editing your images like a real pro. 

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Edin Chavez

Changing the world one photo at a time.


I am a Commercial Photographer based out of Miami Beach Florida. Some of my clients include Nikon, National Geographic, Corona, iHeart Radio, Volvo, Curtis Stone, Andrew Zimmern...

I have had the honor and pleasure to work with some incredible people in the industry and my love for the art continues to grow. I teach photography workshops across the glove and share what I know with others. 

Thanks to Skillshare now I can help more people across the glove with one platform.  I will be posting new classes often. Please come back and check them out. 

Ohh yea I also love to hang out of helicopters with my camera on hand to get new perspectives. 

You can look at my Portfolio keep up with my latest photo adventures on my blog. ... See full profile

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1. Introduction : What's up, guys eating here and in this class we're going to learn how to edit riel state images from start to finish. So let's get started. So here's an image, a shot off a living room here, my settings. I shudder at 1 1/100 of a second F nine and I s 0 1000 now used the F nine so everything would be in focus. And I also shot 1/100 of a second because I wasn't using a tripod. Um, not my shutter speed is 100 of a second. So I had a fast enough shutter speed so I wouldn't get any image. Blur the suppressor. I can get those settings out of the way and let's go to the editing so she and my basic panel will pull that out. Now, if you're wondering how I got my ah sliders here compressed, all you have to do is right. Click and check solo mode. So when to sell a modus unchecked, you have all this panels open. If you right click and press solo mode. Then as you open one panel, the other ones will close, and this creates just a more organized and neither workflow. So once you're are in the basic panel, first thing you want to do is you want to open up your shadows. Now some people like to open him up all the way. Some people like him a little bit. Let's open him pulled away just so we can see what we're doing and we can bring him down us . We edit this image after we open up our shadows. Then we want to expose our photo correctly, So we want to bring up the exposure. Now, when it comes to Rio State Photography, you got to remember that the homes, the houses, they have to look really really bright. In order for the real tour to sell the house. Nobody wants to look at dark pictures of the house, and it's just not attractive. So you always want to make sure that this home's air really, really, really bright. 2. (continued from Intro) The Basic Panel: now, as you can see, once I bring out, bring it up to the correct exposure. You can see my shadows here you can see inside the fireplace, so that's not very attractive. So let's close on the shadows just a tad, just enough. Maybe Right about there, that looks pretty. It. And after that, we're going to come up to her contrast, and we're going to bring it up, maybe like a 31. Now, please remember that this is all up to taste. But you always want to maintain the beautiful aesthetics off the home. So here I'm looking at the outside of the window. I'm looking inside of the fireplace. I'm looking at the fabric of this chairs. I'm also looking into this dining room in here. I'm just looking at every aspect of the image to see what looks best for the image itself. Once I have that, then I'm going to bring my vibrance up just a tad just to bring the colors up from everything just a little bit more, making more more vibrant. So a plus 35 I think looks really nice. Now, after I do that, I'm going to come to my white balance. As you can see, this house is really, really beautiful. However, it's a little bit yellow, so I want to cool it down just a tad. So I'm going to grab my temperatures lighter and bring it down. Maybe right about there. I think that looks really nice. And if you wanna redo any of this lighters, all you have to do is president the word next to it twice. So if you click on it twice, it will undo it. Right now we press, Ah, Command Z and it will bring back the setting that we had. So once I just my temperature. Then I want to come to my highlights and I just want to tone down my highlights just a bit . Now what am I looking at when I'm toning down the highlights? What I'm looking at is I'm looking at the brightest spots of this image such as this lights and also outside this window. So if you look at this highlight slider, I want to bring it all the way up. As you can see this table underneath this light, this blows out these blowout and outside the window becomes a little bit brighter in this particular image. It doesn't affect outside the window as much. But here in this lights, it kind of does. So I want to bring my highlight slider down just enough so I can see the detail in everything that I just talked about. And I think a minus 56 looks pretty nice. Maybe a minus 60. And this still gives me the mood of the house. I can still see all the highlights from this lighting. I can still see the lighting nice, nice and beautiful. And it doesn't make it look blown out or it doesn't take away from the image, and that is the basic panel. 3. Lens Corrections: Now, after we get done with the basic panel, next thing we want to do is we want to come to Lens corrections here. We're going to check, removed chromatic aberration and then we're going to click. Enable profile corrections, as you can see when you enable profile corrections it own works my image. Now, this works really, really well for realty real estate and architectural photos, but it doesn't work with every single image. So please be aware of that and keep that in mind. It almost always works for all your images, however, there are some images that the work will actually look kind of funky. However, for this image, I think it gives it how much better look, the immune check it and I'll check it. What a difference. Now, here, when you see your lance profile, the software light room is pretty good at detecting your lands. However, in some cases it won't. So make sure that the correct lens you used is checked. Now, this software is calibrated to take that distortion out of that correct lens that you were using. If you see once you check enable profile, corrections doesn't do enough, then you have a little bit of playroom here with the sliders, so please use them wisely and do not overdo it. I'll DoubleClick Torri said. That and for me, what it does in its own works really, really nicely now. Here you have the vignette slider. As you can see just on Venus, your image or vineyard said even more, That's double click on that. Let me uncheck this. So, as you see, it's when you don't have enable profile, profile, corrections chat. Your image is a little vignette it already. So when you check that, it only works it, and it also takes a vignette away. So I never really mess with this two sliders unless I absolutely have to in extreme circumstances. But more times than not, these does the job just in its own 4. Details : after profile corrections, we're gonna come to the detail panel now. The detail panel is very important in this particular image, especially since I shuddered at a very high I s. So now if you zoom in, you can see there is a ton of grain in this image because I shouted at such high I s O. So when I zoom out, you can't really see it. But I am aware that it's there and I really want to correct that. Now, When it comes to Rio State Photography, you want to make sure that the image is really, really bright, really sharp and just really, really good. Now nobody's going to buy a property or buy a house if the image is not up to par. So it is very important that every last detail in this images are just perfect. So here, with the detail panel, we're gonna bring the sharpening level to maybe a 60 and I'm not sure this needs this particular image needs it. But I just want to make sure that everything is just really, really sharp now. As you see, when I sharpened it up even more, it brought up my grain even more, and that, again is due to the reason that I shouted at 1000 years. So if you're shooting at lower Izzo's or on a tripod, you probably will not have this issue. However, if you do have this issue, it's important to note that you can always fix it. Here. You have your noise reduction, and this noise reduction is your friend, especially when it comes to high. I esos so here we just want to grab it and we want to slide it, and that looks really nice, but we wanna take away even more grain, so we'll bring. It may be like a 50 and as you can see everything, all that grain is now gone. You got very little grain, but that you can't really notice when you zoom out. So I think that looks really good. I'll be careful not to overdo the noise reduction. If that's too much, you can always bring it out a little bit, and you can also balance that by bringing the sharpening down a notch. So maybe the sharpening I'll leave at 50 and that looks really good now. Another thing you can do to help with your sharpening is your masking slider. Would you want to do is you wanna click on option and you want to leave it down and then you want to slide us the masking, slighter. What's white is being sharpened and what's black is being kept untouched, So he will want to go pretty far down since we only want our lines to be extremely sharp. So maybe, like a 70 I think that looks really good. So we'll leg over key and there you have it. Now here you can always come back to your noise reduction and bring it up even more is just up to taste. But to me, this looks really, really, really incredible. So now let's presser Waikiki, EMC before and after. So look at that. We've come a long, long way. 5. Transform Tool: next thing we want to do is we want to check the transform toe. Now what this does this is a very important tool when it comes to riel state or architectural photography. Now, when I shot this, I had my lens pointed just right. So it kept my all my lines in sync with my image. Now what I mean by that, sometimes when you are shooting ah Riel state photo, you might notice that your lines will be out of wack. See this window right here or this doors? How there's doesn't line up with this, the side of your image. And you can even see that by this the corner of your wall. Seek out there, O lado. It's all out of whack. So you always want to make sure that that is always aligned perfectly with the sight of your viewfinder. So when you're out in the field shooting, make sure that your view finder, the right hand side of the left hand side of your viewfinder, is aligned with one of the lines off the room. Don't worry. If it's not aligned, you can always fix it here. So here you can bring this down you can do manually, as you can see, does just perfect. And we have a little bit left over here, not a problem. We can come up to the crop tool and we can crop it down and there you have it. Now there's also an easier way to do that. I'll reset this crop. I'll reset this vertical and now just I'm just going to click this auto. As you can see by clicking that auto. It aligned my corner over here in all of this lines just right, so my image now looks 100% better. 6. Final Touches: Now, if there you're done with all of your sliders and before you deliver this beautiful image to your client, it is very important that you finish it out by coming up here to the spot removal tool. As you can see, I have a tiny little blemish down here. It's part of this road, but it kind of bothers my eye. So I'm going to slide it, highlight that, and, as you can see, takes care of it. We'll close out of that. And that looks a lot better than it did with that white blemish. And that looks like a really good image to me. This is a complete image, and it's ready to be sent out to a client. Now, make sure you take your time on this and make sure that you covered those sliders very, very good as your name is on this images and more future work depends on this. Let's check the before and after prisoner Waikiki in what a transformation 7. How to Edit a Dining Room: the next image we want to do is this same house hovered. This is the dining room. As you can see, you can see the living room here in the other side, and it's the same thing. I shouted at the pretty much of the same settings, so I shut it out. 1 100 of a second F 10 ISO 800. Check out of that and let's get started. So it's the same premise, the same thing. We want to click on her basic panel. This is the most powerful panel in satellite room will open up our shadows all the way here , and then we want to bring our exposure up. Look at that. That changes everything right off the bat. Now I can see that my painting, this painting, the blacks on this painting here, that look kind of grainy. So we're going to bring our shadows down, and that looks pretty good. Now the only reason you want to bring the shadows up is really to uncover any dark spots such as the living room or anything in the corners. However, this house is pretty well it so you really don't need to open the shadows up all that much , and I want to come up to my vibrance slider here and just give it a little bit of vibrance a little bit more color. Next thing I want to do is I want to come to my temperature slider, and I'm going to cool it off just a tad, and that looks really good. Not remember. Subtle changes are the best changes, because subtle changes combined make a huge change. Don't get carried away and start doing all these crazy changes to your image because you'll probably end up over doing it. And the claim will probably not be very happy with you. You still want to give the image realistic. You want to keep it clean, and you want to keep it professional. After I played with my temperature cider and get it exactly to where I want it. I want to bring down my highlights. And again, I'm just looking at the brightest part of the images. I'm looking at the reflection of the window and the green plants back here. I'm looking at my lights over here, and of course I'm looking on my lights back here. So by bringing it a minus 60. I think it looks really, really good. I still keep the mood of the image and the image still looks really nice and really clean. Next thing I want to do, I want to come down to my lens corrections again. I'll remove chromatic aberration and I'll also enable profile corrections. You can see that brings the warp out like I talked about in the previous image, and that looks really, really good. Next thing I want to do is I want to come to the detail panel. I think this image is actually really sharp, so maybe I'll just bring it up to a 50 again. I'll take my mask in Tool of president option key and, well, it's held down. I will bring my slider all the way down to the right. Remember, Black is being left untouched and white is being sharpened, and I'm just looking at my lines. I basically only one my lines to be sharpened, and that looks really good. So leave. Leave it right about there. Next thing I want to do since this photo was shot at 800 a year, so it is a little bit grainy, so I just want to bring my noise reduction up. And I think that looks really smooth. That looks beautiful. Wow, What a difference, huh? Maybe even bring it down it that it's almost too smooth, you know? Remember your eyes air still human. And you still want to be able to see a really great image. It can be a little tiny, bit grainy, but don't overdo the smoothness because that could be really, really bad. But I think that looks really beautiful again. Will come down here toward transform Tool. And we're going to click. Otto, we're not going to do anything manual anymore. We're just going to click auto. And that looks really nice, as you can see. What out of those it aligns my lines, my corners, all these lines. It just makes them jive. It makes him fit. Well, let me turn it off. And really, this doesn't look bad either. And on I kid with this particular image, I could go either way. So it's just entirely up to you again. As long as it doesn't. You know, it doesn't look like that or like that. I think you're good. I always said my vertical So you just basically want to make sure that all this images, all these lines, are just perfectly aligned with your image. So let me click Auto. And either way, I can go either way with this and honestly, with this particular image, I liked my upright off better. So I'm going to leave that off, and now I'm going to come to my spot removal tool. However, I really don't see any spots Now. If you're having trouble seeing spots like I am right now, would you? Condo's You can come down here to your visualize spots. You're going to click on that, and this should usually show you your, um, sensor spots or just any really bad spots that your image has. However, I do clean my sensor after every shoot, just about so there's no sensor spots here, and my image looks really, really clean Now. Also, I want to mention that when I am shooting this kind of images, I am cleaning up the house and I am helping the owners organize the house. So here I help them put this plants here, put this sculptures here. We also took some stuff away from the room that looks like too much. You always want to make sure that you're working with the client to get the images just right because it is your image and you do want to please your client. And I think that looks really nice. This place before and after with the Y key. Look at that. What a difference. 8. How To Edit a Kitchen: now my next image is this of the kitchen. As you can see, it's a little bit dark. Hover. When I shot it, I didn't want to blow out any of this hot spots. Whispers are I ke to see our information. So I shot this that 1/80 of a second F five years or 3 20 Now, why did I choose a five? Because I wanted to blur this door out a little bit. I didn't want this sort to be sharpened and focused as I wanted my viewers. I immediately go to the back and look at the kitchen. I am trying to give the viewer walk through of this house visually, so basically, if I am standing here, I really don't want the viewer to focus on any other stuff. I just want him to focus on the back. I just want his I to go to the back when the president key off and let's get started. So here's our basic panel again will open up our shadows to see what we're doing will come up here to the exposure and slowly start bringing it up. That looks really nice. Now I am exposing it quite a bit here without making sure that I don't blow up this hot lights over here. This hot spots, I can still see the detail in the hot spots in how I'm going to fix that right off the bat is I'm going to bring my highlights down. As you can see, when I bring the highlights down, you can get all of that information. You can get all of that detail back into the image. Next thing I want to do is I want to bring the vibrance up just to make it a little bit more colorful. And a plus 31 looks really nice. Now, you gotta make sure that you take your time when you're doing kitchens because kitchens air one of the most important places in a home. When the home buyer is making a decision, they usually base it on the kitchen and the position off the kitchen. So you want to make sure you get the kitchen right? So that looks really nice. Next thing I want to do, I want to come back to my shadows and I just want to close him up a little bit. Do you see my TV here. This is a TV, some sort of screen, and it looks just kind of grainy here, so I just want to bring it down a little bit. I remember guys, when you are editing, this image is you have to look at every aspect of this image you can just edit by looking a random things. You literally got to go inch by inch square by square, pixel by pixel, and look at your whole entire image. So I think that looks really good. Now come back to my temperatures lighter and I just want to cool it off just a tad. That's too much. Maybe right about there, maybe right about there. Number President Waikiki before and after. Look at that. You still have your mood, and it still looks really good, except it looks brighter and a lot cleaner. So President y key to get out of it. And let's keep going with this. Next thing I want to do is I want to come to my lens corrections. I removed chromatic aberration and then I wanna enable profile corrections. As you can see, that own own warps my image immediately, and that looks really, really nice. Next thing I want to do is I want to come to my detail in this image is really sharp. I can't even bring it out. Maybe to a 45. I don't really need to, but if you're in doubt, you can do so. Next thing I wanna do is bring up my knowledge production. Even though this image doesn't really have a lot of noise, I can bring my nose reelection just a tad. It really doesn't have a lot of noise. So if you don't really see it, you don't have to do it. But I think that looks really nice. After that, we're going to come to our transformed to and remember, auto, is king here Very seldom times you have to do things manually, so we'll just come to her auto. And as you can see, that strange strained out the lines. And that looks really nice. Let me take that off so you can see the difference. There's off. See how this you have like a gap here by pressing auto, we fix that, we get rid of this word line and we get rid of this gap and that looks really good now. To me, this is a completed image. However, there are some spots that I can see that really bother me. So the first pot is this this reflections up on this ceiling. So what I want to do is just click, and that assumes into the image that I want to come here to my spot removal to. I'm simply going to draw around these reflections. Sometimes you'll get sealing water spots. Sometimes you'll get were random stuff. Sometimes they'll be defections just like these. Are you going to right? Click and press hell so you don't get a Miss Color match and you're just going to continue and do that with all these minor reflections, you can grab this dot by clicking on it and just dragging it to you. As you can see, you have two different colors. That's because it's on clone. You're going to right click and press hell, and that should take care of that. And here we have some more very subtle, very small. However, they do bother me, so we're just going to fix that. Let me take it out of that and Zuma by clicking on it and that looks a lot better. I know there really little details up. Most people don't see. However, I do see him as a professional. It is my job to see him, and it is very important to me now. There are two more spots that I need to fix in this image. Can you guys see them here is one Faisal man, there's 1/4 down here that doesn't really need to be there. That's like, uh, it's just a nice or so zooming By clicking on the image, I will click on the spot removal tool, and I'm just going to make it smaller. And I'm just going to draw straw this court as best that I can. All right now that should make a clone of it and bring it down to match this lines. And that looks pretty year. Now if if the cloners and work press hell and I think the clone looks better, so I'm going to clone that now I have a shadow down here from the score. Some is going to draw on it, and I'm going to press hell and I'm going to click out of that now. A lot of the times you'll get this deal where it just doesn't look right. It doesn't. It just doesn't work. So would you want to do when that happens? You want to come back to spot removal, You want to draw bigger circle and you're gonna take from up here and fix this right? So you're going to draw here and this is going to come up, and now you're going to align it and the line in a little bit better. That's too much, right there. A little tiny bit more. Remember to take your time on this, guys, and that looks really nice. Now click out of that look out of that. And what a difference. Another. It's one more spot that I'm looking at. That really, really bothers me. And that is this spot appear on the crown molding. Now I don't know if that's a shadow or is something on the crown molding, but I'm going to try to fix it so I will click on it, assuming on it, and I'm just going to paint on it. Just with my spot room will tell. See what that does? Let me press hell and I'll just move it around to see what works best for me. Anything that looks good click out of that look out of that and that looks really nice. Now it got rid of my line and a way to fix that is you're going to draw the line here and then you're going to bring it here and you're going to clone that line. I know this is like super super nitpick. However, if you concede a it and he bothers you, then you should always fix it. I will quick out of that. And you now concede that line in the crown molding, which makes it three dimensional, which is a really, really minor spot. You really don't need to do that. However, as a professional, you should always take care of every tiny little aspect of your image that were. Your client doesn't have to bother with it. And that's it. Press are y key to see before and after. And look at that which is made a really beautiful image out of an okay image. President Waikiki again. And this image is completed and ready to go out to the client