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    the Pathetic state of everyday architecture photography

    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    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.

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    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!).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    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
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
    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.



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    Quote Originally Posted by naeroscatu View Post
    somehow it makes sense.
    It does indeed. Now back to our regular program..... (sorry, I meant programme).



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    Speak and write Canadian: then you have the best of both...

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    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.
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