4 Levels of quality/file size
Photoshop "save as" options
File Size = 78 KB
File Size = 61 KB
File Size = 53 KB
File Size = 111 KB
File Size = 52 KB
MLS listing #301088
Using Photoshop I saved the same file using the max, high, med, and low
quality setting. The terminology is unfortunate, because if you care about
the end result, it's very hard to select "low quality". This page allows a
head to head comparison of the end result.
Max quality is adjacent to the lowest quality to facilitate 'side by side'
comparison. As a very important test I printed this page and did a side by
side comparison of sharpness and quality. I picked this shot because of
the sign - I used it like a eye chart to see if I could tell any difference
between max quality and low quality (big file vs. small file). After a
careful and critical look -- my conclusion is I can't see any difference.
Therefore - it makes the most sense to use the low quality setting to produce
a small file size. If at all possible, I want MLS to accept my file "as
is" and make no changes. If I submit the max quality - with file size
twice as big, MLS may see a need to reduce the file size, and in the process,
they may introduce some unwanted and unnecessary distortion.
Comments on the MLS Photo - The upper right part of the photo is too light -
the roof and the sky are washed out. However, the important part of the
photo - the house/tree/lawn/street all have good color, exposure, and focus.
Overall good rating of the crisp/clear/sharp image. The technical details
are very good.
The artistic details are not good. I don't mind the 'for sale' sign,
but the other sign is an issue. In each of the above 5 photos the image is
not sharp enough to read the sign (it says "no parking fire lane"). This
blurry red and white image is right smack in the middle of the photo.
Whoever is looking at this photo -- I want them looking at and thinking about
the house. I do not want them squinting at the sign and wondering:
- What the heck does that thing say?
- Why can't I read it?
This is a really good example of "clutter" - anything that might be a
distraction. Here we have a tree, a car in the driveway, 2 signs, and of
course - the overflowing garbage can. I can just imagine a prospect (or an
agent, or an appraiser, or..... you get the idea) seeing this photo and
referring to this as the 'trash can house'.
Clutter is a common problem, and many times there is nothing you can do.
With regard to the trash can - in my mind there is no excuse - either move it
or shoot from a different angle or crop it or come back on another day --
something / anything / but please no trash in the foreground of the MLS photo.