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BradS
04-17-2009, 12:05 PM
I have come to accept as a given that real estate agents selling ordinary, single family homes have absolutely no regard for photography. I don't remember the last time I saw real estate photo that did not look like a complete hack job (save those fancy, multimillion dollar homes on the other side of the tracks...). I'm pretty sure that most middle of the road real estate agents just go out to the site and photograph the home for sale themselves. It is so pervasive that I just tune it out.

But, then today, I was looking through the Walll Street Journal and right there on Page A-10, is one of the most shockingly crummy photos of a building I've ever seen printed in a news article. I understand that the WSJ has gone down hill since News corp took it over but...this is apalling...and the photo is credited to Getty Images...


I found the story on line....check it out for yourself...
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123991207123426359.html

jnanian
04-17-2009, 12:25 PM
i know what you mean brad ..
i have friends who are realtors and they told me
it really doesn't matter what the images look like bad and worse,
because it is just supposed to "spark the interest of a potential buyer" ...
not to mention they don't want to pay for anything since it comes out of their
commission ...

can't see the image since i am not a subscriber :(

john

Sirius Glass
04-17-2009, 12:30 PM
Brad,

Crappy snapshot helped the film industry refine their products buy providing film sales. Crappy digisnaps will do the same for both analog and d------l industries.

It would be a good idea to encourage every lousy snapshoter and digisnapper to take every snapshot or image they can.

Steve

BradS
04-17-2009, 12:39 PM
can't see the image since i am not a subscriber :(

john


Odd. I googled "carl icahn kerkorian" - the subject of the article - and was able to see the photo when I followed the first link provided by google....copied that URL here but, when I follow the link above (should be same page - right?), I cannot see the photo or read the whole article. Perhaps, I got re-directed.

Steve Smith
04-17-2009, 12:41 PM
Just out of interest, what does the 'real' in 'real estate agent' mean? In the UK, the term is just 'estate agent' without the 'real' which seems more logical (at least, to us!).


Steve.

BradS
04-17-2009, 12:49 PM
Just out of interest, what does the 'real' in 'real estate agent' mean? In the UK, the term is just 'estate agent' without the 'real' which seems more logical (at least, to us!).


Steve.


Oh...we could have a whole dicussion of weirdness in the two languages...

In the UK a solicitor is the guy who asks questions in a courtroom in an effort to get witnesses to reveal the facts of the case. In the US, a solicitor is an annoying person who comes to your door asking you to buy magazine subscriptions you don't want or need...


We could go on and on...

PS. I have no idea what makes our estates "REAL" those over there ...uh, not real :)

naeroscatu
04-17-2009, 01:36 PM
from the on-line dictionary/ reference real estate means:


Basic types of property in English common law, roughly corresponding to the division between immovables and movables in civil law. Real property consists of land, buildings, crops, and other resources, improvements, or fixtures still attached to the land. Personal property is essentially all property other than real property, including goods, animals, money, and vehicles.
somehow it makes sense.

Steve Smith
04-17-2009, 01:37 PM
Oh...we could have a whole dicussion of weirdness in the two languages...

No, only one of them is weird!

Which one depends on your location.



Steve.

Steve Smith
04-17-2009, 01:39 PM
somehow it makes sense.

It does indeed. Now back to our regular program..... (sorry, I meant programme).



Steve.

aluk
04-17-2009, 01:48 PM
Speak and write Canadian: then you have the best of both...

jd callow
04-17-2009, 02:00 PM
If you can come up with an efficient (cheap) way to produce quality images real estate agents will buy them. I have a friend who did this. He had a menu list of x exteriors, interiors and QTVR's that where very quick and easy for him to produce (30-60mins per site plus drive time) and were far better than the quality of the stuff most real estate agents produced on their own. The problem for traditional photog's is that he charged ~100.00 per house whereas most Archetectural photogs would require a min of a 1/2 day (600.0 0and up).

I got my largest Architectural client because of the crap that is produced. They had gone through a couple 'photographers' who were cheap and fast and equally as bad. I am happy that there are boneheads out there it makes my meager offerings look so much better.

The way I see it the buyer decides. A real estate agent wants something cheap and fast, an Architect or Designer wants something attractive and will pay what they can the former will understand perspective control and lighting the latter may not, a contractor wants something that is serviceable and as often as not wants it cheap, and photo editors may only want something to fill the hole that represents the subject, is not out of focus and is reasonably professional looking -- they are not looking for art.

MikeSeb
04-17-2009, 02:21 PM
...I understand that the WSJ has gone down hill since News corp took it over....

Are you a regular reader, or perhaps a subscriber? I have been the former for a long time, the latter for a decade. "I understand that..." conveys that you are neither. If you were, then you'd know that News Corp's purchase of the WSJ was not the apocalyptic victory for the VRWC* portrayed by outlets on the short-wavelength end of the ideological spectrum. The paper remains a staunch proponent of the unarguable virtues of freer trade and markets, smaller government, and individual liberty.

That aside, simple economics explains the crappy quality of residential real-estate photos. There's no perceived value in excellent images, as houses have sold without them just fine (present situation noted). Why pay extra for Julius Shulman when Digicam Realtor can get the job done for free?


*Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

jd callow
04-17-2009, 02:28 PM
WSJ has great reporters/journalists so good that you can almost always find a news article that contradicts the never ending stream of rightwing nut case editorials. FWIW if the Journal was a proponent of anything in its news coverage (for example Fox News or the NY Post) it wouldn't be a newspaper, but something else altogether.

It is in my mind one of the three great US newspapers the others being the Washington Post and the NYT.

BradS
04-17-2009, 02:33 PM
Are you a regular reader, or perhaps a subscriber? I have been the former for a long time, the latter for a decade. "I understand that..." conveys that you are neither. If you were, then you'd know that News Corp's purchase of the WSJ was not the apocalyptic victory for the VRWC* portrayed by outlets on the short-wavelength end of the ideological spectrum. The paper remains a staunch proponent of the unarguable virtues of freer trade and markets, smaller government, and individual liberty.

*Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Mike, I am sorry you took offense to my opionion of the "new" WSJ.
For the record, the WSJ is delivered to my house every morning and has been for the past year year or so. Yes, I am a subscriber. Prior to becoming a subscriber, I used to pick it up at a news stand about two or three times a week. I regularily read the first section pretty thoroughly and skim the others.

BradS
04-17-2009, 02:39 PM
It is in my mind one of the three great US newspapers the others being the Washington Post and the NYT.


In my opinion, it used to be...but no longer is.

Michael W
04-17-2009, 09:15 PM
I know a guy who does real estate photography as a company employee. They give him a Canon 350D & he goes to a house & blasts away & then uploads the files to the company where their digital employees do the finishing touches. They correct any convergence, stitch images together etc. The photographer is just one cog in the machine, something I'm still coming to terms with. I think most of us are accustomed to think of the photographer as the sole author of their production but that is less and less the case these days. So yes, real estate, architectural & other genres of commercial photography may be looking worse but it's not a simple case of being able to pin it on the photographer anymore. It's the system, man.

jd callow
04-17-2009, 09:23 PM
The guy you know does essentially what my friend does on his own. He uses a QTVR head for 360 pano's and low end DSLR with attention to colour temp/white balance and PS and QTVR (or similar) for finishing. His work falls well shy of LF view camera, but it is intended for use on the internet or postage stamp reproduction and it is head and shoulders better than the p/s work that is the standard. His work is very formulaic which allows him to produce quantity with reasonably good quantity. I haven't talked to him in four years and he works in Metro Detroit so I wonder how he is doing.

Rick A
04-21-2009, 09:46 PM
Back in the '70s I made some fairly good money photoing homes for real estate brokers--Now days, they take one of those new fangled POS things that somehow make images in their computer, and leave us out in the cold. We should all lobey our congress men to pass a law to only be able to post pix shot by a competent FILM photographer, and putting them in jail, and a fine for owning a d@#@#$% whatever those things are!
Rick

AgX
04-22-2009, 03:41 AM
But it is not only real estate photography. I see worse images at the annual national buildings heritage days in the brochures that list all the buildings on show at theses days.
I find it hard to believe that historians can be so negligent.

walter23
04-22-2009, 03:49 AM
On the subject of that article, the image conveys the idea of a messy, unfinished real estate project / deal pretty well.

http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/P1-AP515_MGMJmp_G_20090416214301.jpg