Real Estate Photography & Retouching

Real Estate Photography & Retouching

Go on location with renowned real estate photographer, Barry Mackenzie as he crafts and prepares images of a home ready to be put on the market. Get insider tips from a working pro to capture beautifully composed images allowing potential buyers to visualize a home's layout. Learn to composite multiple exposures, control light sources to avoid color contamination, and cleanly mask yourself and your gear out of final images. Also learn to build an effective portfolio on any budget, and develop a strategy to optimize time on-location and make post-production simple.

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Real Estate Photography & Retouching

35 Videos

  • Introduction

    An introduction and overview of the series with photographer, Barry MacKenzie, outlining the goals for the series. Get a high level overview of Real Estate photography highlighting pre-production planning, photo shoots on location, and retouching compelling composites for beautiful, highly profes...

  • Finding Clients

    Listen as photographer Barry MacKenzie describes his process of finding the right kind of clients to maximize your profit with real estate photography.

  • Gear

    Learn the best practices for using the right gear for an optimized workflow in Real Estate Photography. Utilize the following gear as a proven kit in a high speed workflow. Camera Body: Canon 5DMKIV Lenses: Canon EF 17-40 f/4L, Canon EF 24-105 f/4L Tripod: Induro AT413 Tripod Head: Manfrotto 410 ...

  • Walkthrough

    Take a tour with photographer Barry MacKenzie as he scouts a home location, developing a shooting strategy and highlighting areas of focus before the day of the shoot.

  • Master Bedroom Shoot I

    Go on location with photographer, Barry MacKenzie, as he shoots a beautiful suburban home. Observe as he approaches the challenges of space constraints, mixed lighting scenarios, color contamination and a variety of reflective surfaces. Begin to develop an approach to gear setup, lighting, compos...

  • Master Bedroom Shoot II

    Change camera position and construct a new composition to accentuate detail and spatial continuity. Shoot with retouching and and the potential homebuyer in mind.

  • Master Bath Shoot

    With an approach for lighting, composition, and exposure in mind, approach the challenges of the master bathroom. Learn to manage composition against unwanted environmental reflections, employing bracketing and strobe lighting to control exposure and color contamination from the natural environment

  • Dining Room Shoot

    Move downstairs into a wide open floor plan with modern yet eclectic stylings. Find the right perspective balancing composition with spatial continuity to provide the potential buyers with a sense of orientation in the home.

  • Living Room Shoot

    Learn to connect the living room space to the dining room by finding anchor points, to seamlessly connect your captures across an open floor plan. Overcome the challenges of highly reflective surfaces and multiple light sources. Continue to shoot with retouching in mind, capture the reality of th...

  • Kitchen Shoot I

    Learn to find the right perspective and composition, in one of the most important selling points of the home - the kitchen. Find a central point for your narrative without sacrificing some of the ancillary details of the this key space in the home. Employ all of the skill sets and think about an ...

  • Kitchen Shoot II

    With the first angle captured, reframe a new perspective, honing your composition for the kitchen. Continue to think about the elements of your composition that will tell the right story of the space while connecting it to the rest of the home. Balance the speed of your workflow with getting the ...

  • Parlor Room Shoot

    Learn to isolate the furnishings of a home in an open concept to create functional visual interest that connects disparate spaces. Balance those same elements to create points of interest, embellishing the story of the home.

  • Powder Room Shoot

    Focus on one of the most spatially constrained rooms of the home, positioned just off the modern, expansive kitchen. Utilize multiple exposures to bracket light and provide the correct elements for compositing to create a clean, beautiful image. Navigate mixed lighting and gear/photographer refle...

  • Exterior Shoot

    With all of the primary rooms captured, move outside to take advantage of the proper lighting to capture the environmental beauty of the home. With constant lighting changes, look for the correct perspective, bracket multiple exposures and think about composition. Consider perspective lines and l...

  • Master Bedroom Shoot I-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Transition from the real estate shoot into retouching with photographer, Barry MacKenzie. Learn about his workflow of ingesting, culling, and preparing RAW images within Lightroom for retouching inside of Photoshop. Apply exposure, highlight, contrast adjustments and learn to assess which images ...

  • Master Bedroom Shoot I-Photoshop Compositing

    Begin the composite process for the Master Bedroom shoot. Learn the importance of layer stacks and masking to build a convincing composite image. Asses what makes a great base, reflection control, and top down lighting frames. Just like the production process, learn the value of repeatable workfl...

  • Master Bedroom Shoot II-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    With the first Master Bedroom shot completed, return to Lightroom to cull through the Master Bedroom alternate angle exposures, focusing on finding the best base, reflection control, and top down lighting frames to be composited within Photoshop. Use color, saturation, highlight and gradient tool...

  • Master Bedroom Shoot II-Photoshop Compositing

    Utilize the workflow from the first Master Bedroom angle. Align layers, organize them, utilize masking and the gradient tool to accentuate the best aspects of the base, reflection control, and top down lighting frames. Add the pen tool to your process to create clean masks for basic and more comp...

  • Master Bath-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Move forward into the Master Bathroom, selecting the best base, reflection control, and top down lighting exposures to create a composite within Photoshop. Leverage some of Lightroom’s features to adjust exposure, contrast, highlights and apply a basic gradient. Observe how to control color conta...

  • Master Bath-Photoshop Compositing

  • Dining Room-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Kitchens and bathrooms are what typically sell a home but this exquisitely detailed dining room has the right story points that tie together multiple spaces. Cull through the exposures to select the perfect base, reflection control, and top down lighting exposure to create the perfect composite. ...

  • Dining Room-Photoshop Compositing

    With efficient production in the field, watch as photographer and retoucher, Barry MacKenzie uses 2 exposures to build a composite for his own portfolio. Quickly organize layers, mask, brush, blend, and utilize the workflow developed to create stand out imagery. Analyze how the lighting decisions...

  • Living Room-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Identify anchor points within the living room that will connect it to the adjoining dining room and kitchen. Cull through the exposure to isolate the best base, reflection control, and top down lighting exposure for the perfect living room composite. Use Lightroom’s auto white balance to create a...

  • Living Room-Photoshop Compositing

    Apply every technique presented thus far in the series, to create the Living Room composite. With a wide open floor plan, organize layers in Photoshop, identify anchor points for the audience to orient themselves to the home layout, manage color contamination, control unwanted reflections, utiliz...

  • Kitchen Shoot I-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Cull through Kitchen Angle 1 to select the best exposures for compositing in Photoshop. Identify some of the problem areas as well as the intentions of the shoot before bringing the layers from Lightroom into Photoshop. Look for the exposures that eliminated unwanted shadows, mimicked natural lig...

  • Kitchen Shoot I-Photoshop Compositing

    Use 2 top down lighting exposures blended with a base exposure to create a clean composite of the Kitchen in angle 1. Add a gradient and remove Barry from the scene with masking. Manage ghosting, control color contamination in a mixed lighting scenario. Since the kitchen is another hero room of a...

  • Kitchen Shoot II-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Begin working on an alternate angle of the Kitchen. Identify what elements of the frame orient the potential buyer to the layout of the home. Cull through the exposure for this second angle, to select the ideal elements for compositing in Photoshop. Implement your gained experience across previou...

  • Kitchen Shoot II-Photoshop Compositing

    Repeat the workflow for compositing, established across this series. Utilize masking, color control, blending, and gradients to control the lighting balance and dimension of the composition. Learn to dynamically problem solve unwanted distractions within an image. Repair a missing cabinet handle ...

  • Parlor Room-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Listen as photographer and retoucher, Barry MacKenzie identifies the challenges of the Parlor room on production day. Cull through the exposures examining the anchor points that tie this space to the rest of the home layout. Here more of Barry’s reasoning behind choosing the composition and persp...

  • Parlor Room-Photoshop Compositing

    Apply the retouching workflow for the Parlor. Leverage the strength of each exposure captured in the field. Use gradients, masking, control color, and build dimension into the image. Listen to Barry’s philosophy behind shooting multiple top down exposures, what options those bring, and how do dec...

  • Powder Room-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    Listen as photographer and retoucher, Barry MacKenzie identifies the problem areas of the Powder Room and what steps will need to be taken in Photoshop for the composite. Cull through the exposure to select the best options for layer compositing. Manage color in Lightroom to create solid starting...

  • Powder Room-Photoshop Compositing

    For compositing layers in the Powder Room, leverage the power of Photoshop’s Pen Tool to create sharp and detailed vector paths for precision masking. Remove distracting production gear from reflections with a combination of the masks and the Clone Stamp tool. Hone the images with controlling col...

  • Exterior-Lightroom RAW Adjustments

    The exterior is also one of the hero shots of a real estate production. Listen as photographer and retoucher, Barry MacKenzie walks through the exposures in Lightroom, reflecting on his approach to capturing the image. Cull the exposures and select the best, singular option for retouching in Phot...

  • Exterior-Photoshop Retouching

    With a single exposure selected from Lightroom, move into retouching the main hero image of this series, the Exterior of the home. Focus on correcting the vertical lines of the image with lens correction, paying attention to perspective and the perimeter of the frame to leave room for cropping. U...

  • Closing Thoughts

    Congratulations on completing this course on Real Estate Photography! Join photographer and retoucher, Barry MacKenzie in reviewing the lessons learned throughout this series. And make sure to join our Facebook Community to share your work, ask questions, and collaborate with other photographers ...

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