Your friends at Property Pandas Inc. are here to help you prepare your listing for your next shoot. Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to best prepare a listing for optimal quality. Below are the 5 Things to Remember For Real Estate Photography (don’t worry, they’re very quick and easy):
- Cleaning: it’s not the photographer’s job to clean, so make sure there’s no clutter. Any mess negatively impacts the quality of the pictures.
- Things you might forget to remove (but shouldn’t): snow, leaves, and oil patches on the driveway; anything from the door of the fridge (ex. Magnets, drawings), and personal photos.
- Adding some spice: you’d be surprised how small things such as flowers or a bowl of fruit as a centerpiece make a world of difference.
- Day vs night shoots: aim to schedule the shoot for the day time as there’s more lighting. However, if you’re in a scheduling crunch, there are techniques photographers can use to compensate for the reduced lighting during night shoots (ex. HDR imaging).
- Technical: always ask for two file types, Low Res Photos for your listing High Res Photos for online and print material. Low Res Photos should be 640x480 pixels at 72 DPI with a 4:3 aspect ratio. High Res Photos should be at least 3500 pixels wide at 300 DPI with a 3:2 aspect ratio. You can see if these settings are correctly used by right clicking on the image, clicking ‘Properties’ then clicking the Details tab.
- Why do you need a 4:3 aspect ratio for Low Res? Short answer is because TREB requires it. You can use a 3:2 aspect ratio picture but then there will be some empty white space where the photos appear on your TREB listing. Confusing? Yes. Do I need to take this into consideration? Yes.
That’s it! We hope that was useful. You can do this yourself, hire someone else, or just get on board with the Pandas and we'll take care of it for you.