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How to give a house picture the "blue sky" "sparkling light" effect


checkmate_91

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Hey everyone, first time poster here. Just getting into photoshop. Looking forward to getting to know the community here.

I was wondering about the best way to get a photo of a house to look like these pictures:

what is the best way to get the deep blue tint for the sky seen through all of the windows? as seen in these pictures:

http://is.12h.ca/zwgdpl/ri/1748_57823.estates.luxury.jpg
and
http://is.12h.ca/iwgdpl/ri/1748_57818.estates.luxury.jpg

I was also wondering, how to get the lights in a picture to "sparkle" and pop out like they do in the following:

http://is.12h.ca/4htu8l/ri/1962_53914.estates.luxury.jpg
and
http://is.12h.ca/2idjml/images.big/1962-7f46a.jpg


Thank you very much for any help, also if you have any other tips about how one would make a real estate photo more visually appealing.
 

Hoogle

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as a photgraphy side they would have had a long exposure so captured the lights better the darker sky would infact come out blue (er) or lighter you could replicate the house with some masking and colour adjustment in photoshop as for the boat scene etc it would be a lot harder to replicate it from a normal base image if you didnt have it set up like that but could be done with some curve adjustment layers
 

siodre

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to be honest, no photoshop is needed. it is used to polish what is already captured, but the brilliant blue sky and lights were already there. you don't need a long exposure. just shoot during blue hour, that hour before sunrise and after sunset when the sky loses the reddish hues and turns into a deep blue color. use a custom white balance to make the warmer lights more of a neutral color, which will make everything cooler, including the already blue sky. or use lightroom and shoot raw and adjust that later. you still want to keep some of the warmness of the lights for color contrast.

when you say twinkly lights, what exactly are you talking about? if you mean the starburst effect then you should use a smaller aperture like f/18 or f/22.

google photography for real estate. they've got plenty of articles on techniques for using off camera flashes to hdr to white balance to shooting during blue hour, everything is related to real estate photography.

in the first image the photographer used the external flash on the camera pointed at the ceiling or off camera but very near the camera. see the shadows coming off of the ceiling lights, that's not natural and you should try to avoid stuff light that.
 
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checkmate_91

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thanks for the replies, so it seems most of you think that the effect is achieved more from the camera itself rather than edited in PS. I still think that the blue tint outside is in some of the pics edited though, look at this one: notice the rock wall outside is blue, and everything outside the window is tinted blue not just the sky, that can't be natural can it? it looks like the window itself is blue tinted, and obviously this is not actually the case in the house.

heres the pic:

http://is.12h.ca/51uu8l/ri/1962_53867.estates.luxury.jpg
 

Steve

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Take your camera outside and set it to tungsten.
Underexpose by 2 stops and you get this.

IMG_1869.jpg

If you light the inside of house with tungsten lighting and and the camera white balance is set to tungsten, the inside of the house will have the proper white balance and outside will be blue.
 

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