Sure, you'll love passing the photos out to your friends or entering them into an art contest. Who doesn't like 'Glamour Shots?' But, when the judge is a willing and able buyer, will they appreciate the un-natural photography of the largest asset they're about to purchase and being mislead? Buyer's don't like it when agents advertise 4 bedrooms and it's clearly only 3 bedrooms. They don't appreciate remarks such as 'tlc needed' when in reality the home needs $50k in renovations. A talented, expert, photographer/real estate agent does not need to enhance a real estate photograph to the point of inauthenticity. The best images of your home tend to be those that appear vibrant, colorful, and clear, while retaining realistic natural tones and appeal. Remember, you are trying to sell your home not win an art competition.
Let there be no doubt, I believe in professional, high resolution, wide angle photography with the possible use of the HDR technique to get that expert shot. Professional photography is a must in today's real estate market where studies show over 96% of buyers look for homes online. It blows my mind why sellers would hire an agent that shows up with their everyday, handheld, digital camera for the 'photo shoot.' Nor, is the agent selling a Thomas Kinkaid portrait. When the buyer pulls up in front of the home and enters the home are they going to be disappointed? Just as you would be if you were using a online dating service and the potential 'date' air brushed their wrinkles, showed a picture 15 years younger, 30lbs lighter, etc.... Get the point? Nobody likes to be mislead and buyers aren't stupid. I would advocate not to embellish your real estate photographs to the point they are artwork and not reality. What the buyer sees online is what they need to get and feel in person.