5. Use food
A big part of vacation is the local food.
Whip up one of your favorite recipes using the appliances and tools you have in the kitchen, and then get some tight shots of the delicious food to let your guests know that they can create a fabulous meal also.
Photo by Tyann Marcink.
Tip: Or simply lay out some ingredients next to a small appliance. It can be as simple as a mug, some tea, and the teakettle grouped together.
4. Get the details
Mix in tight detail shots with the wide-angle photos of a room. These close ups will punctuate amenities and make your property stand out from the crowd.
Is all about the details. Photo by Tyann Marcink.
Tip: The details help create the experience of your space. Don’t overlook this opportunity to communicate the fine details that make your place stand out from other places.
3. Don’t rush it
Take your time to thoroughly prep your property for your photos, including tweaking the arrangement of furniture, and don’t expect to have it all finished in an hour.
In addition, sometimes it is necessary to come back another day or another time of day for the best lighting.
Tip: Showing extra care in your prep and staging truly shows in the end result.
2. Post process
Bringing up the contrast and punching the color saturation a bit can help your image out. This is not against the rules. Every image is post processed, whether your camera does it or you do it.
But pretty please do not make the color overly saturated or garish or create a Harry-Potter-esque looking room by overdoing the HDR (high dynamic range) effect.
Overprocessed photo by host.
No overprocessed photo by Tyann Marcink.
Tip: Small adjustments make a big difference.
1. Hire a pro
Yes, you can learn to do it yourself, and you can achieve a pretty good result.
You don’t have to hire a pro immediately. There are a few stages you might walk through first:
Stage 1: Using your smartphone to snap haphazard quick photos
Stage 2: Shoot again with more thought put into your prep, staging, composition, and lighting
Stage 3: Ask a friend to come shoot with a fancier camera after you have your space ready
Stage 4: Find a pro who knows how to properly expose a photo
Stage 5: Find a pro who specializes in AirBnB and vacation rental photography
Tip: Hiring a pro is a big investment with a big ROI (Return On Investment). Simply think how many nights you need to book to cover the cost…3 nights? 5 nights? If you are booked nearly every night, simply raising your price by $5-10 per night will not only cover the cost of pro photos but make you more money.
About Tyann Marcink
Her recent adventures took her down the face of a slippery cliff off the Na Pali Coast in Kauai and into a secret cave with 20 sleeping sea turtles. She has dangled her feet from the edge of canyons and climbed poles to get “the shot.”
Her passion for photography and vacation rentals truly makes her eyes sparkle.
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