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If you are on the hunt for a real estate photo editing service, then you’ve landed in the right place!
Welcome to our brand new, exclusive BeatColor real estate photo editing review, in which we break down the pros and cons of the BeatColor photo editing service.
In this review, we take an in-depth look at the real estate photo editing services offered by BeatColor including the pricing, ordering process, image quality and examples, revisions, support, and additional services that they offer.
Let’s get started with a comparison table between Smart Photo Editors and PhotoUp’s real estate photo editing services:
|Current Ranking||4th of 24||1st of 24|
|Cost per Image||$0.70 per image||$1.15-$1.50 per image|
|Turnaround Time||0-18 hours||12-24 hours|
|Overall Quality||quite good||excellent|
|Consistency||most notes followed||all notes followed|
|Cost of Single Shot/HDR||$0.70 per image||$1.15-$1.50 per image|
|Rush Delivery||0.50 per image||yes, 12 hours rush= 50% extra|
|Cost per Revision||free revisions||free revisions|
|Order Form Interface||hard to learn/navigate||good & easy to learn|
|Turnaround Time||0-18 hours||12-24 hours|
|Upload Speed||average||fast & smooth|
|Payment Accepted||debit/credit, PayPal, ACH||debit/credit, ACH|
|Systems and Extras|
|White labeled sub-Photographer Accounts||no||yes|
|Response Time||10 min or less||5 min|
BeatColor is a Vietnamese real estate photo editing team. The company was founded in 2016 and has grown quickly in tandem with online real estate marketing as an industry.
They started off with only four editors, but today the team is comprised of over 100 admin people and talented editors.
According to the company’s marketing team, they plan to carry on growing in the coming years as the market for online real estate services expands.
The pricing structure at BeatColor for real estate photo editing is firmly in line with industry standards.
The price for the “Basic Plan” is $0.70 for a single exposure image edit. And if you shoot a bracket of two exposures: 1 flash & 1 ambient, your plan will be upgraded to “Upper Basic” for $0.80 per image. More than that, it falls under the “Standard Plan” of $1 per image.
Besides, there are additional costs for extra work. For example, the team explains that it normally costs $5 per image extra to edit photos with more complicated edits, like object removal of cars, etc.
Ordering From BeatColor
A bold front page with a big “Let’s Get Started” button is always a good start.
Like so many other online photo editing services, your journey begins with a link that takes you to a contact form. You need to reach out to the team via email before anything else.
The good news is that the reply from the team was very quick – almost instantaneous.
1. Creating an Account
The email leads you to a “Registration” page where you input your details and set up an account.
It’s all standard stuff, but registration was where I encountered my first glitch. I had just signed up, but moments later my account said: “Not activated.” And after that, the page became “Unavailable.”
This was a frustrating start.
Update: An email just landed in my “Promotions” tab asking me to contact a second email address before getting activated.
Once I did that, my registration was processed, and I could open the “Dashboard” and fill in my personal details. But the process felt a little roundabout and could use some streamlining.
2. The Uploading Process
To get started on the Dashboard, you click “Create New Task,” then fill in the form that opens up.
The top half of the form is straightforward, but I got very confused in the second section, particularly when you’re asked to fill in the block that says “Total original files confirmation.”
What does that mean?
I tried naming the files or linking to them, before realizing they wanted to know how many files I had uploaded.
Seems obvious once you know, but it took me a long while.
The file uploading interface also felt a bit confusing. But once I worked it out, it uploaded quickly and you got to watch the progress as it moved along.
3. Requesting Edits
After I had uploaded the photos, I wasn’t sure what to do next.
Turns out you have to click one of the four buttons on the top right, and again, I didn’t know which was the right choice?
With a little bit of testing, I figured out it was the “Request” button but the whole process was confusing to me.
Next, when you clicked on the “Request” button, a pop-up opened up saying “Do you want to request a new task?”
Do I? Have I finished the old task I’m working on? Are we talking about the same task?
I wasn’t sure at that point but it turned out to be the process.
When you start to understand the language they are using it works fine, but to be honest, it felt a bit confusing in the beginning.
Anyhow, back on the “Dashboard,” you get access to a status update of how your various projects are going and whether they are still drafts or in the system.
Are you finding this BeatColor photo editing review helpful? We hope so.
Photo Editing Examples
Let’s now turn our attention to the quality of work and see how well BeatColor performed.
1. Interior Bracketed Image
The first test we undertook was a bracket of two images of a children’s nursery; one overexposed and one underexposed.
The editors have done a good job of bringing the two images together to create something workable.
The colors are warm and bright, the exterior comes through nicely (although still somewhat overlit), and it’s generally well balanced.
This was a difficult image to fix, as there is a lot of white to contend with and they managed it well.
2. Exterior Bracketed Image
For the first exterior test, I sent a bracket of three images of a white house and green grass against a blue sky.
As you can see, BeatColor has also done a pretty good job on this one, although I’m not crazy about the lime green color of the grass.
That feels a little overdone to me.
But the sky is balanced well, and they straightened the horizons a little, which I appreciate. Also, they are bringing out some of the nice details on the facade of the property.
3. Object Removal
The final test image as part of the BeatColor photo editing review was to see how well the editors were able to remove items from an image.
I sent them an aerial shot with some cars in the foreground and asked them to remove the vehicles.
Overall, they managed the task well, removing cars and shadows cleanly and highlighting some details I hadn’t seen before.
But somehow the photograph lost a little of its vibrancy and lustre and is looking a bit flat and lifeless.
So, there were mixed results on this one.
Asking for revisions was handled with excellence. They were hands-on and eager to please.
Every query was responded to quickly via email and inside the CMS. All things considered, I was very pleased with the attention that the account was given.
For example, when I asked for a revision of the blue sky on my exterior shot, I got an immediate response that they would be happy to do it.
A few minutes later, they e-mailed me a selection of blue skies to choose from, and then it was done and re-uploaded within minutes.
This wasn’t the strongest part of their portfolio. I found the results to be a bit dull in some cases, and the colors a little unnatural in other cases.
So, while the editing is good and they have managed to do some great blending with the bracketed images, the overall quality is slightly lacking in my opinion.
In contrast to the overall image quality, the support from the team was superb.
They were really engaged, eager to please, and responsive. There was always a quick email reply, and you could see that they take a lot of pride in their work, which is great.
BeatColor does offer a selection of additional services that go hand in hand with photo editing. And the most notable of these are their video editing services and the floorplans.
On a positive note, these are useful as they offer additional support and handy marketing tools for real estate agents. But they are not particularly unusual in today’s industry and don’t set the company apart from its competitors.
Hopefully, BeatColor will start to integrate other web services for photographers such as stand-alone websites, or blogging services in the near future.
Pros and Cons of BeatColor
To give you a quick overview, here are some pros and cons of BeatColor:
|Fast service||Confusing interface|
|Friendly & responsive||A few language issues|
|Satisfactory work||Basic additional services|
Verdict: Is BeatColor’s Photo Editing Services Worth It?
The verdict of this BeatColor real estate photo editing review is that I enjoyed interacting with the team and the quality of their work was above average.
However, the web interface was a bit problematic at times. In my opinion, they offer too many features, and it’s tough to figure out exactly what you need.
So, the team would benefit from some simplified UX and a copywriter who can make sure their instructions are clear and easy to understand.
But once you’ve used the system for a while, it becomes clear what you’re trying to do, but it takes too long to get to that point.
In contrast to BeatColor, professional real estate photo editing services like PhotoUp have mastered the art of taking users through the system in a few simple steps and signposting exactly what you need to do along the way.
If BeatColor would move in that direction and streamline its ordering process, they could become a giant in the photo editing industry.
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