This house contained a lot of stuff, i.e. ornate furniture, rugs, drapes, knick-knacks, plants; multi-colored rugs, upholstery, tiles and paint. Editing photos for a house like this is typically very labor-intensive, not necessarily because of all of the stuff, but because of the variety of lights illuminating that stuff.

Different light sources show up as different colors in photos. Sunlight streaming through a window casts a harsh blue tint, tungsten lamps cast yellow/orange glows, fluorescent tubes are often green. In real life, your brain does a great job of ignoring these intense color casts. But, when these colors show up in photos, they become a distraction to the viewer. One of the goals of editing is to minimize color casts.

Just like painting a room is easier if it contains less stuff, editing a photo of a room is easier if it contains less stuff. The more windows and doors you need to tape around, and the more stuff you have to cover in plastic, the more complex the paint job becomes. Same with photo editing. The more colors, the more stuff, the more laborious the editing.

Below is a before and after example showing the removal of multiply color casts (mostly minimizing the blue sunlight), as well as implementation of HDR and other touch ups.

Unedited:

Before Editing

Edited:

5851SoledadMtRd_12_Bed1

Editing this image from start to finish took between 30-45 minutes. Multiply that by 38 (the total number of images for this shoot) and you get an idea of how I spend a good chunk of my waking hours. ☼

5851SoledadMtRd_01_Exterior

5851SoledadMtRd_02_ExteriorEntry

5851SoledadMtRd_03_Entry

5851SoledadMtRd_04_Dining-b

5851SoledadMtRd_05_Sitting

5851SoledadMtRd_06_Dining-c

5851SoledadMtRd_07_Kitchen-a

5851SoledadMtRd_08_Kitchen-c

5851SoledadMtRd_09_Kitchen-b

5851SoledadMtRd_10_Living-a

5851SoledadMtRd_11_Living-b

5851SoledadMtRd_12_Bed1

5851SoledadMtRd_13_Bath

5851SoledadMtRd_14_Bed2-a

5851SoledadMtRd_15_Bed2

5851SoledadMtRd_16_Washroom

5851SoledadMtRd_17_Bed3

5851SoledadMtRd_18_Bath2

5851SoledadMtRd_19_Courtyard-a

5851SoledadMtRd_20_Courtyard-b

5851SoledadMtRd_21_Courtyard-c

5851SoledadMtRd_22_Courtyard-grill

5851SoledadMtRd_23_Courtyard-table

5851SoledadMtRd_24_Backyard

5851SoledadMtRd_25_MasterLounge

5851SoledadMtRd_26_Master-a

5851SoledadMtRd_27_Master-b

5851SoledadMtRd_28_Master-c

5851SoledadMtRd_29_MasterBath-a

5851SoledadMtRd_30_MasterBath-b

5851SoledadMtRd_31_MasterBath-c

5851SoledadMtRd_32_MasterCloset

5851SoledadMtRd_33_Spa

5851SoledadMtRd_34_Spa-b