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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… 

How many photos should I take?

We don’t limit the number of photos you can upload to your profile, and if you choose to you don’t even have to have one (but we really don’t recommend that). On average, we’d recommend around 15-20 photos for your listing. This is enough so that people get a good impression of your home, without being too many to trawl through. So what should your photos consist of?

1. The exterior of your home
2. Any outdoor spaces you have
3. Your living room/lounge
4. Your kitchen
5. At least one bedroom
6. At least one bathroom
7. The surrounding neighbourhood
8. Views from your home

Embrace your individuality. People love interesting spaces, so do your home justice by showcasing what makes it unique or special to you.

It’s all in the detail

It’s important to remember that people want to imagine themselves on holiday in your home, so an eye for detail will really benefit your listing. Some basic things to remember when taking your photos are:

- Let the light in by opening the curtains or putting the lights on.
- Have a proper tidy up – nobody wants to see unmade beds or dirty dishes on the side.
- Remove or organise any unnecessary clutter

In terms of actually taking the photos its important to consider the following:

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.
Make it look appealing – 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.
Create an atmosphere – whether its putting the fountain on, lighting the fire or turning on the outdoor lights, adding some atmosphere will make your home seem more cosy and relaxing.
Think seasonal – if you’re in a sunny destination, don’t take photos on a miserable 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. If you’re looking to make the most of the image box, here are some things you should consider…

- Keep it landscape – our image box is landscape only so any portrait images will be cropped.
- 640 x 365 minimum
- 128:73 aspect ratio
- 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.

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