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Taking photo shop a little too far....

Discussion in 'The Buying & Selling Process' started by Rugrat, 16th Feb, 2016.

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  1. Rugrat

    Rugrat Well-Known Member

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  2. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    That's ridiculous. It's lying, really - even if another agency took the photo's, they used them. You couldn't NOT know they'd been 'touched up' prior to using them for your listing.
     
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    At least the water pressure would be good.
     
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    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
     
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    When there is a drought, a short walk and some buckets should do the trick.
     
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    I'm all for enhancing photos to better present a property, have a duty to achieve highest possible sale / rent for a vendor / landlord.

    But this breaches several ACLs surely.
     
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    Enhancing as in exposure adjustment, local/global contrast, white balance/saturation, increasing dynamic range etc. All well and good and part any photographers workflow.

    BUT....adding and removing elements (except for tenants possessions that they wish to keep private) is simply misrepresentation, especially now that images are not just something that is on a flyer or put up in an agency window. Buyers/Tenants use these images to make some fairly important decisions. Inspecting a property (especially interstate) that has been misrepresented in advertising can end up being a waste of time for the agent and the buyer/tenant.

    Hiding rubbish, HT powerlines, removing plants and foliage, replacing the sky or cloning patchy or completely neglected grass is unethical in my opinion.

    Still hard not to laugh in this instance. :p
     
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    I honestly don't see anything wrong with it. I've made a few minor alterations:

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    Just like smoothing over transmission lines, mobile phone towers & motorway exhaust stacks.
     
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    The right angle can make all the difference in a photo.
     
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    Interesting that the photo of the water tower looks like it has had some Photoshoping too.
    Notice the power lines and balustrade don't line up properly.
     
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    I think it's the google maps street view pic where 2 pics get joined together.
     
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    typical selfish arrogant lying agent BS response

    'oh the photos came from somewhere else'

    lying scumbag, no way he wouldnt know, he knows the area, he would have put the ad up,

    he wuld have approved photos, he would have got many other people saying it

    friggin liar

    I just wish you could fine the agency $10k per every incident like this,

    then the agents would stop this crap
     
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    If you look at the angle the second photo is taken from, it clearly is from low down (maybe lying on the grass LOL). You cannot see the roof tiles. So I think they probably have done it deliberately to have the house "hide" the water tower. If so, then they are not guilty of anything other than bad judgement.

    Who is not going to notice the water tower when they inspect the house.

    In the old advertisement it is also hidden by the angle, but clearly shown in the back yard photo.

    How silly to do this though. They are shooting themselves in the foot.
     
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    Agents are pretty stupid. But that must make the general population stupid to fall for it

    However if i turned up, i would be very very annoyed especially if idrove far or had eveb done pre work such as preapproval
     
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    I wonder how much more interest the property has had?

    Did the water tank sell? Coat of paint and she's apples
     
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    I think lots of lay people think that if it's a legitimate photo without use of Photoshop then it's not deceptive, but I'm not sure that's the approach a court would take.

    Factual is not equal to "not misleading".
     
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    Perhaps they were simply trying to suggest people paint the water tank sky-blue?

    Seriously they should get a nasty fine for this. I've seen people buy sight unseen (stupid, but it happens). This is completely mis-representing the product.

    To the agents credit though, one of the photos of the back yard on the actual listing does show the tank.
    31a Penshurst Avenue, Penshurst Real Estate For Sale
     
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    What about the old bag of chips, huge bag only 1/3 full. Atleast they're getting a full house
     
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    I agree. But I don't think it is photo shopped. I'd be interested to know if this could land the agent into legal hot water?