How to get high-quality pictures for your property listing

The best size for property photos is: 1900×950 pixel, the maximum size accepted for any photo is 8MGs

For the best photos we recommend the following:

  • Use Natural (and Bright) Light. Turn off your flash! The flash on your smartphone is still just an LED light, and it can emit a strange hue onto your photographs. Instead, try shooting with natural light sources to take professional looking pictures. Even if you are taking photos indoors, consider using natural lighting. Perhaps you can find a bright spot by a window, but don’t forget about shadows! Keep light sources in front of you to avoid getting shadows casts across your shot. If you are shooting outdoors, mid-morning and late afternoon are typically the best times for optimal lighting to take professional looking pictures.
  • Stand Still. Do not move and try to hold your breath while you are taking your picture to avoid any blur.
  • Make Sure Subject is in Focus. Professional looking pictures require the subject of your photograph to be in focus. With this in mind, make sure that you are close enough to see details but not too close that the photo looks out of context or cannot be cropped later on. On most digital camera and smartphones, you should be able to tap on the viewfinder screen to use the focus box. On an iPhone, hold down a spot on your viewfinder to lock focus. Do this by tapping and holding on your subject until you see the yellow lock alert. This yellow box means that the automatic exposure and focus metering have been locked on your subject.
  • Make Sure You Have the Proper Resolution. The resolution of your pictures needs to be high enough to look good on both large and small screens, i.e. on both smartphone, tablet, and desktop screens. 200dpi is a good standard to follow. Usually, the bigger the better (unless you are taking your photographs on a high-resolution digital camera). If you are using a smartphone, don’t resize or over crop the original image. The standard size of a smartphone photograph is fine. If you are using a professional digital camera, you may need to resize it.
  • Use Some Basic Editing Tools, if needed. Fortunately, if you take your photographs on your smartphone (or even upload your digital camera shots onto your computer), there are a lot of basic photo editing tools that come standard on camera or photo library apps. These are a great resource to clean up your pictures. But, unless you have advanced knowledge of such photo editing tools, it is best to stick with only making minor adjustments like light and exposure. Avoid filters of any kind. Also, consider checking out some free third-party photo editing tools, like Canva.
  • While You’re at It, Plan Ahead for Future Photography Needs. When you take time to do a photoshoot, consider planning ahead to take pictures for future photography needs as well. Think about future social media posts, upcoming seasonal photography needs. If you can build up your own photo library of different images that are ready to be used in different occasion, you can save time down the road when you go to create these new posts.

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