Images are such a big part of your Location Profile – they provide colour and excitement, but more than anything, they give the Creator an idea of what your location looks like. The purpose of the photos is to document fact, providing details about the location’s layout and features, not just to make it look pretty. The more accurate your photos are, the less likely you are to get lots of questions and requests for recces, meaning the simpler and more streamlined the process will be for you!
Who should shoot your images?
A lot of Hosts prefer to organise their images through us – it’s one less thing to worry about and they know that the images will be of a high quality and meet the guidelines. Of course you are welcome to have a go at shooting images yourself, although we recommend that you don’t try to repurpose images shot for another purpose. You may have images of your space from when it was on the real estate market, or from a marketing or commercial endeavour, but it is very important that the images that you use on your Location Profile are accurate and not overly enhanced like these types of images can be.
Regardless of who takes the main profile images, we highly recommend having an official Reccefy 360° image on your Location Profile. This shows Creators that your location has been verified by us and also helps them to get a spatial layout of the location before they arrive.
Along with your listing, all of your images will be reviewed by us and we can let you know if they’re suitable before they go live. Feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like us to organise your main profile images and/or a 360° image for you.
How to shoot & upload your images
If you do decide to shoot the images yourself or hire your own photographer to do so, here are a few tips that you should follow to make sure your images meet our guidelines.
- Take only colour images and, if you colour grade them at all, ensure they retain true to life colour (no Instagram-style filters please!)
- Shoot to scale (no fish eye lenses) and don’t stretch or squash the images in post production
- Use natural light only, no studio lighting or flash
- Ideally, use a lens with a focal length between 24mm and 35mm on a full frame camera
- If you use your phone, you can find its focal length here
- Shoot mainly in landscape, only taking portrait photos if the space requires
- Keep your camera level (use a tripod if possible)
- Take images during times that the location will be available to give Creators the best reflection of the conditions that they will be shooting in. If your location is available at all times, then including both a day and a night image is a good idea.
- Take note of the time of day and aspect to be put as the image caption in the following format:
Focal length | Month | Year | 24hr time | Aspect
(eg. 35mm | September | 2018 | 15:20 | South)
- Keep your images under 10mb to help with upload and display times