How to take photos of your accommodation and its surroundings

By Eric Wright

We all know the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words," and this couldn't be more true when it comes to the images on your listing. The photos are the first thing a potential guest will see and are absolutely vital to ensure you achieve as many confirmed bookings as possible.

We've compiled some simple, yet effective, ways on how to take photos of your accommodation and its surroundings to get your property more exposure.

1. Call attention to unique features.

Whether your property has a spacious deck with mountain views or a pristine pool the whole family will love, your guests will want to know about it instantly. So if your unique accommodation has an awe-inspiring view, a majestic fireplace, or even friendly goats roaming the yard, make sure you set it apart from the rest with quality images. You'll be getting more bookings in a flash!

2. Brighten up the interior

Bright interior shots of your property can do wonders in terms of getting bookings, and if your property has stylish decor and a beautiful living room, you need to bring them to light. Try taking your photos during a sunny day—open the windows and doors, flood your property with natural light, and even turn on the lights. This simple piece of advice will give your guests a glowing perspective of your retreat, because after all, nobody wants to be stuck in a darkroom on vacation.

3. Make sure you have exterior images

If you don't have quality images of your accommodation's exterior, this can have a negative influence on receiving booking requests, as most guests want a general overview of the getaway they're booking. If your property is a picturesque tree house in the forest or a cabin backed by snow-capped mountains, you really need that exterior image to show it off. Try to take photos on a bright and sunny day or during golden hour, i.e., the first or last hour of sunlight of the day. Go ahead, get out there, and give it a shot!

4. Focus on horizontal photos

On Glamping Hub, both in the search results and on the individual pages, we use a landscape, or horizontal, format for all images. Even if you don't have any landscape photos for your portfolio yet, a medium- to high-quality smartphone will be able to take some crisp and clear horizontal images that will make your unique rental pop. With just the click of a button, your properties potential will develop instantly!

5. Take a variety of pictures

You'll want to make sure that all of the amenities your guests are going to have are perfectly clear from the get-go. Showing off an extensive set of images for your accommodation is a great way to capture the moment for all those potential new glampers. Including a mix of exterior and interior photos, as well as of the surrounding views and neighborhood, is an easy and helpful way to allow your guests to truly understand what it will be like to vacation at your property.

6. Set the scene

Here's where all of you aspiring interior designers can get creative. Imagine you're about to have an open house—get rid of any unnecessary clutter, arrange some flowers, and make sure those surfaces are spick and span. Stylish, clean, and tidy spaces are more inviting to guests, but the main objective is an accurate portrayal of the way the accommodation will look when your eager glampers arrive. This straightforward tip is a sure fire way to get your property snapped up in seconds!

7. Use the best camera you have

Higher resolution images are a fantastic way to leave your accommodation looking picture perfect, so utilizing the most powerful camera you have is key. On Glamping Hub, the aspect ratio for horizontal images is 3:2, and the ideal photo dimensions are 1440 pixels in width by 960 pixels in height. Most smartphones now can take high-quality images, but don't be afraid to release that inner photographer should you have a digital, reflex, or compact camera lying around the house.


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