Cell Phone Photos Are Not Just Fine
By William May
Published: 06/01/15 Topics: Comments: 0
I do not want to argue and nit pick but sometimes advertising people just say silly thinks.
Recently while uploading some of our fabulously large, High Dynamic Range Photos (all converted to Progressive PDF's for loading speed, while retaining quality, to a very large vacation rental listing website a little box popped up that I must take exception with.
It said "Include a few well-lit photos."
OK I do not have a super big problem with that statement but they should also disclose that using only a few photos will cut rental inquiries dramatically. And not including enough photos is equally disastrous. I am sure the techies have the stats and know better.
But then the little box read "Cell phone photos are just fine."
Really? A cell phone photo?
If they meant "just fine" as in "not completely terrible" well maybe that is OK. Surely the websites is trying to get every possible paying property owner to use their service and asking amateurs to create and upload superb photos would result in less listings and lower income for the website publisher..
I get their logic, but I question their desire to help managers get the very best sales results.
On the other hand, these technical website folks need to spill the beans about cell phone photos.
A few folks can coax an adequately good snap-shot out of a phone. Some mobile devices have rudimentary HDR which can help. But most folks take truly lousy photos. (Check out your grant Grandma's photos of your sisters wedding. Your sister will never live those down.)
What the giant websites should tell their customers - in all candor - is that managers should find and spend money on a professional photographer who has mastered the art of using HDR for interior photos.
That will make the manager far more money than it costs.
Author: William May, Signatour Photo Team
Blog #: 0405 – 06/01/15