This is our entry into the "May Contest - Before & After" sponsored by Dick Greenberg.
First the photos - the narrative will be below the photos.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words - but in this case Dick wants not only the improved photo but a description of how it was improved (methodology) and what the photo is about - location, etc.
So, here goes.
Our software of choice for this effort - Photomatix Pro 6.0.1
It has a free trial - and outright purchase is a one time expense of $99 - well worth it in Suzanne's (and therefore my) opinion!
The before photo looked really "dull" - not only not bright - but also poor contrast, particularly of the variation in the "greens" on the golf course behind the subject property.
Photomatix is a very user friendly software in my opinion. Suzanne usually deals with all the photos and enhancements - however - for this contest I decided to give it a whirl myself with one of our aerial drone shots of a listing in Sun Lakes, Arizona. This particular shot has the roof of the subject property (which looks significantly brighter in the AFTER photo) and is designed to highlight the golf course behind the property. There were other stills in the series highlighting the front of the house, so while this photo may not make sense "on it's own" it does make sense in the overall scheme of things.
So, how did we get from "BEFORE" to "AFTER"?
Step 1 - Open the Photomatix application.
Step 2 - Drag and drop the "BEFORE" photo to the indicated location in the app. Another panel will open offering you the option to "Reduce Noise Before Rendering". I did not check the box - just clicked the "Next HDR Rendering" button. Important note - even though I was using a single photo - not a set of bracketed photos - once that button was clicked an immediate and significant improvement was automatically applied to the photo.
Step 3 - You will see the image open with some automatically applied improvements, an a menu on the left hand side where you can make additional adjustments to:
plus Additional Options, including Color Settings and Blending.
To brighten up the sky at the top of the photo so that you could actually see the mountains on the left and right of the sky, I used the "Lighting Adjustment" control by experimenting with it until I was satisfied with the result.
To address the insufficient contrast in the "greens" of the golf course, I used...wait for it... the "Detail Contrast" control by experimenting with it until I was satisfied with the result.
Step 4 - Click the "Next: Finish" button at the bottom right of the photo. After the photo finishes rendering another panel pops up "Finishing Touch" - which gives you a final opportunity to adjust Contrast, Sharpen, Crop and the all important "Straighten" if you have an obviously crooked photo. In this case, since it is an aerial photo, I did not use that function.
Step 5 - Click "Done" on that panel and it's time to save the enhanced photo!
Pretty simple - and a world of difference!
If you are considering a Traditional or Short Sale of your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or any location in Maricopa County Arizona, you owe it to yourself to talk with the BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to determine whether Tony and Suzanne Marriott are the best real estate Brokers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan area to help you with the Successful Sale of your home.
Tony and Suzanne have personally Listed, Sold and Closed more than a hundred Short Sales with the highest list to close rate in the Phoenix Metro Area!
Tony Marriott - Chief Operating Officer - BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty
Suzanne Marriott - Chief Learning Officer - BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty