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Our most successful listings all have one thing in common – and that’s a great set of photos. A good photo will not only make your home look as amazing as it is, but will also generate a lot more interest in your property. In this guide we’ll talk you through how to make your photos the best they can be, and you don’t need to be a professional photographer with an expensive camera to achieve them… 

With the technical specifications needed for your photos here, this blog will focus on how to capture the best of your home and take great photos to make your home feel as inviting as possible.

 

Take a variety of photos

Although we set no limit on how many photos you can take of your property, we recommend between 15-20. This should include but not limited to:

- The exterior of your home
- Any outdoor spaces you have
- Your living room/lounge
- Your kitchen
- At least one bedroom
- At least one bathroom
- The surrounding neighbourhood
- Views from your home

 

Taking photos in all the major rooms and outdoor space gives your guests a good idea of the overall space

 

Personal details matter

Home swappers love staying in real places with character. What details or items do you have that you wouldn’t typically find in a hotel or rental? Showcasing what you have that makes your home special is easy to do using photos. Whether that’s your favourite art piece, your beloved coffee machine, or that impressive vegetable patch you are growing – it’s all great to know so capture it.

 

This home swapper has been able to capture personal touches and finer details like they’re local ceramics and funky cushions.

 

Showcase the practical stuff

Less about personality and more about practicality, capturing how accessible your home is important to home swappers, especially for young families or home swappers with limited mobility. Wide doorways, staircases, slopes and railings are all important.

 

Capture from all angles

Taking pictures from multiple perspectives will help you get the most flattering shot of the room and uploading a few shots of each room will help swappers get an idea of the space.

Taking two photos from different angles has helped this listing capture finer details like the great array of children’s books they have on offer for home swapping guests.

 

 

Make your home inviting

Just as you would clear up the clutter, it’s nice to add in little details too. For example, a vase of flowers, a colourful fruit bowl, a bottle of wine with a couple empty glasses, anything to make your listing that extra bit appealing.

This home swapper has added potted plants, a scented candle and some luxury bath products to make their bathroom inviting for photos.

 

Think seasonal

If your home is in a sunny destination, don’t take photos on a grey, rainy day. Similarly, if your chalet looks great under a blanket of snow, show this in your photos.

 

Technical Specifications

Like most websites, there are optimum sizes and dimensions for the pictures you upload onto Love Home Swap.

Requirements are:

- Landscape images only. Our image box is landscape only so any portrait images will be cropped
- Image size 640 x 365px minimum
- Aspect ratio is 128:73
- Files should be less than 5MB in size

 

Our professional’s top tips

Photography is both an art and a science, so we spoke to some photography experts to find out what you can do with your camera to really make sure you're getting the best picture of your home. Here's what they had to say:

Embrace the golden hour - Especially for outdoor pictures, photographing during the first and last hour of sunlight will wash your home in the softest, most diffused light of the day.

Shoot from a corner - By shooting your photo from a corner the room is likely to look bigger and it'll also give a truer idea of the space..

Work in thirds - The rule of thirds is a tried and tested photographic technique which creates balance in pictures by having different elements in thirds (sky, sea, land for instance). This will create a more captivating image.

Straighten out - With any lines across your picture, pay attention to symmetry and straightness. If your camera is tilted lines will look diagonal, which can be distraction. Aim for straight lines.

Steady now - For those straight lines, as well as crisp and clear photos, a tripod will do wonders. Even if you have a steady hand, a tripod will give your pictures a much crisper, professional look.

Keep it eye level - With digital technology the need to hold your camera at eye level has been all-but eliminated, but there's a benefit to doing it anyway. Holding at eye-level will give the sense of human perspective that will help swappers to imagine they're in the space themselves.

 

Get in touch 

Have your own tips on how to take great photos of your listing? Email us at hello@lovehomeswap.com for the chance to feature. Have other questions about listing your home? Get in touch or visit our FAQs.

 

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