This example begins with 3 pictures - take 60 seconds to look at each of
the 3 pictures.
Instructions to view the full size photos -
- Click on the link
- With a cable modem, the picture loads in about 10 seconds
- Wait 30 seconds or so until you see a small square in the lower right
- Click the small square to enlarge the image to actual size
- Use your mouse to drag the slider bars to see the entire image at
- Click the browser back button to come back to this page
- Repeat this process with all 3 images
1 from each of the 3 angles:
1) Straight on
view - un-edited - image size = 1,800 x 1,200 pixels, file size = 753 KB
2) House side angle
- un-edited - image size = 1,800 x 1,200 pixels, file size = 938 KB
3) Garage side angle
- un-edited - image size = 1,800 x 1,200 pixels, file size = 911 KB
At actual size, these are big images with good color and very sharp detail.
The sidewalk, driveway, curb and even the street are all spotless. Did
you notice the straight on shot is slightly tipped so the horizon is not
level? This will get fixed in the dark room.
The next step in the process is to crop. I will give a detailed
explanation of how to crop using Photoshop, and then a few brief comments
for those who use Kodak Easy Share or some other less sophisticated photo
editing software. This is not intended to be detailed/step by step
tutorial of how to use the software. I comment on the highlights and
try to get you pointed in the right direction.
Photoshop - The house side and garage side angle shots just need a
crop. After opening (a working copy of) the file, the first step is
to enter the image size in the crop tool. Make sure you use the
correct unit and make sure you enter the correct size for your MLS. In
Denver, the correct entry is 448 px / 290 px. After the crop, simply
save as .jpg using the low quality setting.
The straight on shot is slightly tipped and needs to be straightened out
in the dark room.
This process is demonstrated on the Photoshop crop
example screen shot page. If you have Photoshop and learn this
skill, it will make a noticeable improvement in your MLS photos, which in
turn makes you a better real estate agent.
With Kodak Easy Share (or the free software that came with the camera),
you can still crop, but your choices are limited. The goal is to
select the choice as close as possible to the desired end result. For
example, in Kodak Easy Share, the aspect ratio choices are: 3.5 x 5, 4
x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 4 x 7, and 4 x 10. As near as I can tell, the best
choice for Denver MLS is 4 x 6. I tested this and my
conclusion is 4 x 6 is close enough. With Kodak software the human eye cannot detect any problem with the
aspect ratio. However, Kodak does not offer any kind of crop at an
angle, and in my opinion, this does make a noticeable difference.
Below are the 3 final cropped and sized images. The display
dimensions are 387 x 234 pixels. This presentation is intended to
match what happens in the Denver MLS.
Straight On Front View
House Side Angle
Garage Side Angle
This is an attractive house. Any of these would be fine
for the MLS. But which is best?
Straight On View - You could eat breakfast off of that driveway.
It is the best looking driveway I ever saw. The garage door is flawless.
The overhead trees block out the sky, and this is a good thing - I like the
trees and cropped to include maximum trees. The landscape is very nice,
especially the hanging flowers at the entrance. The only negative I see is
the tree in the center of the shot blocks out the front door. This tree
dominates the shot and the tree is not the best feature. I want to
emphasize the house and de-emphasize the garage/driveway.
House Side View - I like the overhead trees that block out the sky.
I like the lawn (although in this shot, the color of the lawn is not great).
I like the landscape. And that tree in the center of the shot is now
working to de-emphasize (hide) the garage. Hiding the garage tends to emphasize the house
- which is a good thing.
This is the best picture of the 3.
Garage Side View - This is a very good picture, but clearly 3rd best. This shot is all tree and garage with
little or no house to be seen. I want to reverse the emphasis.