Bogus Photo of the Week: The Essex House Hotel

by Kelsey Blodget on July 16, 2009

Last week, we showed you what clever cropping can do. This week, we show you how hotels Photoshop out unsightly objects.
We think The Essex House Hotel in South Beach, Miami is a great value — but we’re not big fans of their Photoshopped marketing photos. Both the hotel exterior photo and the pool photo were visibily altered.

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Craig July 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

They also overcorrected the perspective (tilt to left edge of buidling is opposite it should be) and saturated the pink (or shifted the hue). Ah well – those burgers don’t look like they do on the sign either ;)

Claudio August 25, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Any chance you are off the mark this time, regarding the first picture and the elements that were supposedly Photoshopped away? That picture looks remarkably similar to and, which show no trace of the lamppost and of the traffic lights.
Just saying, maybe there was a time when the hotel was there and those objects were not.

By the way, comparing ads pictures with reality is a great idea!

Tiger October 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I think the un-doctored photos look better than the marketing ones.

Ibrahim | October 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I like many posts on this site that show reality vs. marking, but this just seems weak. Does it really matter that they photoshopped lights and powerlines out?

Lindsay October 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm

The reason why there’s no building in the first picture is because there wasn’t anything there until this Spring when the renovation was completed. It’s not photoshopped simply wasn’t there!

OM October 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

lol… comparing old pictures to new ones.

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