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Are you looking for a service that can help you edit your real estate photos?
Make sure to check out our Smart Photo Editors real estate photo editing review before you make any decisions about which photo editing service to use.
In this review, we take an in-depth look at the real estate photo editing services offered by Smart Photo Editors and their pricing, ordering process, quality and examples, revisions, support, and additional services.
Let’s get started with a comparison table between Smart Photo Editors and PhotoUp’s real estate photo editing services:
|Provider||Smart Photo Editors||PhotoUp|
|Current Ranking||4th of 19||1st of 19|
|Cost per Image||$0.80 per image||$1.50 per image|
|Turnaround Time||18 hours||12-24 hours|
|Overall Quality||quite good||excellent|
|Consistency||all notes followed||all notes followed|
|Cost of Single Shot/HDR||$0.80 per image||$1.50 per image|
|Rush Delivery||12 hour rush +$0.5 credits/image||yes, 12 hours rush= 50% extra|
|Cost per Revision||free revisions||free revisions|
|Order Form Interface||okay, a bit dated/basic||good & easy to learn|
|Turnaround Time||18 hours||12-24 hours|
|Upload Speed||fast & smooth||fast & smooth|
|Payment Accepted||debit/credit||debit/credit, ACH|
|Systems and Extras|
|White labeled sub-Photographer Accounts||no||yes|
|Response Time||1-24 hours||5 min|
|Provider Review||Full Review||Full Review|
Smart Photo Editors (SPE) Overview
Smart Photo Editors (SPE) is an international photo editing company from India that offers services across a wide range of sectors, including fashion, antique photo restoration, cars, and much more.
Real estate is just one of their areas of interest. For example, their teams of skilled Adobe experts work primarily with photographers around the world to enhance their images and deliver an affordable post-production service.
Already at pricing, things started to get complicated, and my misgivings began.
On the positive side, Smart Photo Editors’ pricing model is quite flexible, depending on the volume of work you need and how quickly you need delivery to take place.
Their basic package includes:
- HDR blending with Oleno software
- Shadows and highlights adjustments
- Levels and contrast/brightness adjustments
To give you an idea, when working on real estate imagery, their pricing seems to start at $0.50 for stills, $0.80 for HDR images, and $1.50 for panoramic images.
But on the negative side, it’s really hard to figure out what you’re going to pay, and it takes a long time to get a quote on what you’re doing.
They have told me multiple items that they will send pricing options once the “Free Trial” is over, and it’s been a couple of days now.
The fact is, at this point, I can’t tell you what the definitive cost of their services is, and I’ve run out of patience to wait and find out. To me, this is quite peculiar.
Update: The pricing finally arrived via email, after four days of using the service!
The same workflows are offered for manual blending – Moderate at $1.40, and for Manual Blending – Complex at $1.75.
It’s true that this information did answer a few questions, but it also led to a few more.
For example, what determines whether a blend is simple, moderate, or complex? And is this cost for everyone or for me specifically?
I may be stating the obvious, but this feels needlessly complicated and off-putting to me.
Ordering From SPE
SPE has a unique approach to serving new clients, which I found quite interesting. Let’s take a closer look at the ordering process and uploading images.
1. Creating an Account
To create an account and get started, it seems you always have to start by filling in your details in the “Start Free Trial” box.
And that input took you to a “Thank You” screen.
A few moments later, a personalized e-mail arrived where a consultant asked a few questions about your expectations.
This was the key line in the email: “I would be more than happy to do a Complimentary Trial Test for you to ensure that we are on the same page meeting your expectation in Quality and Turnaround Time before we share the cost.”
I replied to the mail explaining my needs and then uploaded my images using WeTransfer.
2. Uploading Images
WeTransfer is a tried and tested reliable platform. When I opened it up, I detailed what I would like done in the comments, and clicked “Upload.”
That went well.
In the next step, you were sent a verification code to your email, and after confirming your email, the uploading proceeded.
It took about 5 minutes to upload my 300Mb worth of images, probably because my internet connection wasn’t great.
But I was happy to wait, and it all worked smoothly.
To their credit, the team at SPE was very responsive and engaged once I had uploaded my images.
They responded via email, quickly acknowledging they had received the images, and letting me know they were getting to work on them.
Then, after a wait of only 5 or 6 hours, I received an email that contained a Dropbox link telling me that my test images were ready for viewing.
I was impressed by the speed!
With that being said, let’s take a look at the quality of the results next.
Photo Editing Examples
SPE understood the brief clearly and responded well to direction. The images were delivered fast, and there were no hiccups.
Here are the before and after images:
SPE brought a lot of life and warmth to this room with the roaring fire.
In addition, the outside world looked vibrant and gave a nice balance to the photo.
I would have pushed the contrast for more “drama,” but they did a good job here.
The focus of the brief was to remove the towel hanging in the bathroom, and they did a good job with that.
But the window was too blown out. And overall, it felt too bright and over-exposed for my taste.
Good job, SPE!
They blended the bracketed images well and gave a nice, summery afternoon feeling to the exterior of the house.
Additionally, the removal of the swing was clean.
The dappled light and the sky looked natural in this slightly closer framing of the house.
But overall, the photo felt a bit flat and two-dimensional.
I wanted to test how well SPE handled requests for changes to their work, so I emailed the team back with a request to remove the vehicle on the left of the window in one of their images.
I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy edit, so I was eager to see how well they would respond to that.
It took a few days and a couple of emails for SPE to come back to me on the revision, but when they did, they did it well.
The file arrived in the same Dropbox folder and had replaced the previous version.
As you can see, the extraction was well done, although they did remove both vehicles instead of the one. But I was satisfied with the work.
Overall, SPE did a satisfactory job with the sky replacement and object removal, while the window masking was average.
If you’re not too worried about workflow and want to use SPE, you’ll find your images are processed satisfactorily.
In my opinion, not as good as PhotoUp’s real estate photo editing services, but not too bad.
Are you enjoying this Smart Photo Editors real estate photo editing review so far? I hope so!
Let’s carry on by looking at SPE’s support and additional services.
SPE was very responsive to every query that I had.
They sent through four or five emails and kept me informed every step of the way. And they were eager to please, which is a good trait in a service provider.
One of the most important aspects of a photo editing service is how well their services interact with each other.
SPE offers additional services, such as:
- Virtual tours
- Panorama photo stitching
- Floor plan conversions
- HDR blending corrections
- Editing of drone images
- Sky replacement
But primarily, they work hard on editing your photos, delivering them, and leaving the rest of the real estate marketing up to you.
Pros and Cons of SPE
To give you a quick overview, here are the pros and cons of SPE:
|Fast initial delivery||Slow revision process|
|Good product quality||No workable CMS|
|Easy uploads via WeTransfer||Reliance on email|
|Friendly service||Confusion around pricing|
Verdict: Is Smart Photo Editors’ Real Estate Photo Editing Services Worth Using?
The verdict of my Smart Photo Editors real estate photo editing review is that SPE has assembled a good team of artists and their editing is solid.
So, no complaints there.
But the website is very text-heavy and there is no CRM for you to plug into. Instead, you need to rely on email and Dropbox, which has its challenges, but I’m sure it would work out.
However, the strange opacity and inability to tell me how much the service would cost was very frustrating and off-putting. It honestly felt like they were trying to hide something, and eventually, I gave up waiting.
Besides, there’s an over-reliance on email communication, and different people seem to get back to you at different times. I actually stopped waiting on a few answers to my questions.
On the positive side, they are a solid option with a track record and the team seems very pleasant to work with. But, for my money, I would choose a dedicated real estate marketing company that’s upfront about costs, with a CRM you can centralize operations around.
And that’s it!
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