Do you want to know how to remove ghosting in real estate photos?

When you hear the words ghosting and real estate, what do you think? Haunted houses, right? Not quite.. Just like on Halloween, in real estate, you need to know how to remove ghosting from photos.

How to Remove Ghosting from trees in Real Estate Photos
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How to Remove Ghosting from Trees in Real Estate Photos
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As you probably know, light flares and ghosting in a photograph are fairly common phenomena.

In some cases, it can enhance the mood of a photo. But in real estate marketing, ghosting comes across as a bit manipulative and cheesy. The reason for this is that it takes away the professional look of a picture.

After all, real estate photos used for marketing purposes need to be clean and simple.

Specifically, they need to be free from obvious visual effects and any sense of trickery, which is one of the main reasons you should remove the ghosting effects.

So, in this post. we’ll show you how to remove ghosting in real estate photos. But first, let’s explain how ghosting happens in the first place.

How Does Ghosting Happen?

Ghosting can happen when shooting bracketed images for HDR photography.

For example, trees blowing in the wind move from one exposure to the next across multiple images, causing the final blended image to show the tree branches or leaves with a blurred or “ghosting” effect.

While this may be great for Instagram photos, it’s not optimal for real estate photography. 

Thankfully, it’s easy to remove ghosting using Photoshop if you know your way around the software.

That said, let’s take a look at a video tutorial on how to remove ghosting from trees next. If you don’t want to watch the movie, you can continue reading the text below.

How to Remove Ghosting Using Photoshop

Start by opening up your own photograph in Lightroom, and we’ll walk through the steps.  

Make sure that there are no lens corrections being applied to the image that’s giving the ghosting effect. 

  1. Go the File Menu > Plug-in Extras > Blend Exposure using L/R Enfuse
  2. In the Custom pop-up box, select the Auto-Align tab, and check so the ‘Auto-align images before blending them’ checkbox is selected
  3. Then, click Enfuse Images on the bottom right of the box

If that sorts out the problem, you’re done!

You can click on the Save button and move on.

But if the ghosting effect still persists, you need to fix this in Photoshop.

Here are a few steps to guide you: 

  1. Process the infused photo > pick the middle exposure and then process it in the same way as the infused one 
  2. Don’t make any adjustment to the Lens correction
  3. Next, select the two photos and edit them as layers in Photoshop
  4. Now, it’s time to mask the trees. Hold down the Options key and click the “Add Layer Mask” button in the Layers panel.
  5. Set the infused photo as the base layer, and then add Inverted Masking to the top layer.
  6. After adding the inverted masking, you’re ready to start brushing the areas where the trees are ghosting until you are satisfied with the result. 
  7. Once you’re happy with the results, you click Save

That’s all it takes to remove ghosting from real estate photos!

Wrapping Up

Removing any kind of ghosting isn’t a difficult procedure if you’re an experienced Photoshop user.

Not only can this be confusing if you don’t have any photo editing experience, but people often feel unhappy with the results when trying it themselves.

Perhaps, it would be a better use of your time to reach out to an online real estate photo editing service, like PhotoUp, and outsource that service?

Our team of editors is experts at cleaning up ghosting and any other kind of lens flares and giving your photos the kind of attention that gets them noticed by prospective buyers.

More specifically, the professional photography that PhotoUp will add to your portfolio will help you get ahead of the competition and boost sales.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started with PhotoUp today!

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