From time to time we recommend tools and services that are universally handy for your real estate blog. Teresa Boardman, HRH, has a quick one to share with you, that has become a staple in her blogging routine.
By Teresa Boardman
Nothing dresses up a blog post like a photo, especially on real estate blogs. Our readers really like to see some real estate when they stop by.
Most photos need some editing before they can be published on the internet. They need to be lightened up a bit and made smaller, and it doesn’t hurt to sharpen them and tweak the contrast a bit, and crop them as needed.
Some of the photo editing software is pretty expensive and not all that easy to use. I have been using picnik (http://www.picnik.com) for much of my photo editing It is free but I am using the $25 a year premium version because I am worth it. Although the free version works well for photo editing, it is missing some of the cool photo effects, fonts and frames.
Picnik is on the internet and does not require any software download; just upload the photos and edit them online. I can put frames around them, write on them and or apply photo effects. When I am done I can save them in the perfect size and resolution for my blog.
The site is very easy to use, and many of the “automatic fixes” work just fine. Once a photo is edited it can be saved to Flickr, Facebook, blogger and several other sites. They can also be saved on my hard drive. Another really cool option is that photos that are currently in your Flickr account can be edited using Picnik and then saved back into Flickr
Teresa Boardman is an exceptionally professional Realtor in the St. Paul, Minnesota area.
Her website: www.TBoardman.com
Her blog: www.StPaulRealEstateBLOG.com
Thank you Teresa.
As always, it’s a pleasure having you ‘on the Vine’.