By Wendy Forsythe
I feel bad for professional photographers who have to stand by and watch as we amateurs get access to apps that provide a whole assortment of photo editing tools that, until recently, were only found in darkrooms. Suddenly, everyone is a photographer with the ability to take fantastic pictures, in many cases using nothing more than the phones in their pockets!
The rise and ease of digital photography has added to the list of things that today’s sellers think they can do just as well as we real estate professionals. And by the looks of some of the property photos online, they might be right.
The days of point and click are over. If you really want to stand out from the crowd in today’s image-driven online world, you’re going to need to up your photography game.
Here are four steps to taking more interesting photos.
Step 1: A Smartphone Camera is All You’ll Need
Today’s smartphone cameras take a high-quality digital photo that will lay the foundation for a great image. Digital film is free, so take lots of shots and choose the best ones later. Use interesting angles and be sure to take close ups and panoramic shots. Be creative. Once you have a full inventory of images, you can move on to step two.
Step 2: Find a Great Photo Editing App
One of my favorites is Snapseed. Just open the app, select an image and let the technology do its magic. You’ll have access to a wide variety of filters to make the image really pop. If that perfect photo is a little dark, don’t worry. You can change the brightness, contrast, saturation and more. Within a couple of minutes, you’ll have taken a “six-out-of-10” photo to at least a nine, maybe even a 10.
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