SwapNights.com has certain minimum standards for images used in our community.
Rightly or otherwise, the quality of a listing's images reflects on the quality of SwapNights.com as well, in the eyes of prospective members. So, whilst an owner might think their images are 'good enough', we have minimum standards for the benefit of all our members and our community.
We prefer professionally-shot images. However, we also understand budgets cannot always accommodate this immediately (but it is a very important investment to try and aim for - it will bring more bookings).
Here are the minimums we require:
- Minimum size is 660px X 440px or larger
- Landscape orientation (wide, rather than tall; narrow images may be removed)
- In focus (blurry photos are not acceptable and will be removed)
- Not dark (dark interiors that just to show a view out a window are not acceptable)
- No writing or logos superimposed on or around the image
- No borders or other decorative elements
- Single frame images (not composite images made up of several shots)
- Truthful, accurate images of your own property (and surrounding scenery/attractions)
General Tips for Photography
If you were thinking now or in the future of having new photography of your property done, here are a few tips we share with members, in case they are of assistance. They are also useful for shooting your own photos as well:
- Use a professional - the results from shooting your own photos simply does not compete with the level of quality travelers expect these days.
- Like almost every other website, our slideshow uses only landscape images (wider rather than taller) so all images should be in this orientation. If you are taking your own photos with a camera or phone, that means holding it so it is wider, rather than tall....for a phone that means holding it on its side (not upright).
- High resolution (original files from the photographer around 2-3MB are fine) but not massive (20MB+ is over the top!)
- Remove all rubbish bins, TV remotes and other items from view
- Turn on all lights and lamps for photography - this animates spaces and looks better
- No people in the photos is better - allow potential guests to place themselves in the image instead (the era of the 'handsome honeymoon couple' in the pool/spa are, thankfully, over!)
- Views sell, so they are important (particularly seeing what the view is like from inside looking out, if applicable). But people also want to see at least one shot of every room, so just showing views and no interiors is not sufficient.
- Wider views of rooms that show more detail and give people a better idea of the space is much better than tight vignette shots/close-ups that leave us wondering why the whole room is not being shown!
- Make sure you get full copyright to the images to use in any way you want with no extra costs/renewal etc (some photographers have a licensing arrangement which you do not want to agree to or you will have ongoing costs).