When you are out photographing a home usually one side of the home has more sunlight on it than does another side. We try to take the front photos when the sun is on them, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. Here in Colorado the clouds tend to move in sometime in the afternoon. So, I usually schedule to photograph in the mornings.
You can easily use Photoshop Elements (I currently use version 7) to lighten the shadow areas and darken some of the highlight areas. Which helps me go from this:
To do this, open your file/photo in Photoshop Elements – use Full Edit
click on “Enhance” ♦ click on “Adjust Lighting” ♦ click on “Shadows/Highlights”
A window will pop up with “Lighten Shadows” • “Darken Highlight” • “Midtone Contrast”
Place the box on the screen so that you can see the whole photograph. Starting at the top slide the markers to adjust the shadows, highlights and sometimes the midtone areas.
Below is another example – this also works for inside shots. I will cover inside shots another day.
You will notice in this shot that it allows us to see more of what is going on in the inset area of the patio.