Top 5 Photo Tips For A Stellar Listing

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Photos are the first things prospective guests look at when considering a property, and as listings with great photos receive more bookings, we’ve got to make sure that your place shines! A virtual tour gives a taste what it’s like to stay at your place and helps set expectations for guests so they can book with confidence. Not a host yet? List your space here!
Here are a few photo tips that will help spiffy up your listing:

 

Light it up: brightness lends depth and color variance to the scene. Sunlight is best, but if it’s a dim day, just flick on an overhead light and lamp.
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Shoot into a corner: shows the range of space and adds dimensionality, also gives the appearance of being larger.

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Take exterior photos: help people imagine what coming home would look and feel like. Photograph the entire structure and surrounding area.

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Clean the scene: de-cluttering is key as it will make your place feel more livable and extra things won’t distract in the photo. Just be sure this is a true reflection of how guests will find the space.

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Highlight the amenities: document the offerings that make your space unique and comfortable (e.g. patio and BBQ grill, Tempurpedic bed, etc.)

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Our onsite system makes photo uploading quick and easy. Just go into your Dashboard and under Hosting, click Edit Listing to add pictures. You can also take them with our iPhone app and upload them to your listing directly. Eager for more? Hosting tips await.

Happy hosting!

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  1. Apartment Berlin

    Thanks nice Tipps for pictures

  2. jaime dominguez

    exelentes presentaciones me gustaron mucho

  3. AP

    change your system to allow multiple photo uploads. Crazy ti click – wait – click – wait …. for 40 pics …

  4. Anthony Green

    Yes, please enable batch upload of photos, and a rotate function would be nice too!

  5. Bend Vacation Rental

    A great improvement for us would be to be able to show videos of our vacation rentals. Can you either permit upload of videos or allow for embedding of YouTube or Vimeo videos?

  6. Aaron

    is there a way to rotate my photos?

  7. Bend Vacation Home

    Aaron, you need to do that on your computer. Most photo viewers will rotate it for you, or right-click on the photo in its folder on your computer and select Rotate (this is for Windows; use a search engine for how to do it on a Mac).

  8. Cozy Room/Sunny Serenity, Philadephia,PA

    Someone messed with my site photos and blew them up too big so half of the pictures are missing. Please put them back to normal size!

  9. Cozy Room/Sunny Serenity, Philadephia,PA

    Correction: not half of the pictures missing; half of all of the individual picture space is missing, so you can’t even get an idea of at what you are looking.

  10. sabrina

    My photos are rotated on my computer, but upload horizontally still. Any ideas?

  11. jenny

    Photos upload sideways!!! they are correct on my laptop! any ideas?

  12. Janice KhunKhun

    My photos are taking over 30 minutes to download – if they even download at all. Something is wrong……..???? The system needs to be updated!

  13. l. anastasia

    oh my gosh, yes, please batch upload…tooooooooo long….

  14. aysin

    like a previous comment mention, i can’t believe there’s no rotate option! do i really have to do my photos all over again, all in landscape mode?

  15. Myrdith k

    What’s the secret to uploading photos. Have made them small as suggested in the tips. 20 minutes still hasn’t uploaded one.

  16. Myrdith k

    What’s the secret to uploading photos. Have made them small as suggested in the tips. 20 minutes still hasn’t uploaded one.

  17. ofir

    change your system to allow multiple photo uploads. Crazy ti click – wait – click – wait …. for 40 pics … and aloud us to invite more people on Facebook

  18. Anthony Green

    Does anyone from AirBnB actually read these pages?

  19. Nick

    My photo is the right way up on my computer as well but uploads the wrong way!

    • Nicola

      I have had many problems uploading photos onto the site. I can recognise from the comments above that I am not the only one!
      They appear upside down or sideways despite not being so when they are on the computer. Then I put in captions for them all, when I checked them they had all moved on one – so I had the wrong caption for each photo! so I did them all again… and it happened again. Madness. Anyway I just had to go through a third time and delete all the captions.
      I then tried to update the calendar and change the pricing for certain dates and it didn’t work.

  20. Gina

    Your sorting is weird. If I sort by recomended, hosts with less reviews are showing up before hosts that recieved more and stellar reviews. Also does sorting by distance do? Since the San Francisco Bay Area consists of many cities, when one enters to find a place in San Francisco why don’t you have the sort work such that all the SAN FRANCISCO listed are grouped and sorted together? Instead the first listing one sees is a city that is *not* San Francisco. Maybe add a link for a airbnb renter to select by the different cities within the Bay area?

  21. Cozy Room/Sunny Serenity, Philadephia,PA

    <html> <head> <style><!– .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Tahoma } –></style> </head> <body class=’hmmessage’><div dir=’ltr’> I agree that the sorting is all wrong and unfair.&nbsp;Sorting by recommended should be by numbers of stellar recommendation reviews, otherwise it isn’t what it it is stated to be and is a disservice particularly for those hosts who work hard for that status.<BR>&nbsp;<BR> <DIV></DIV></div></body></html>

  22. Mike A

    What’s the secret to moving these photos around? When I left click I get the 4 arrows, but the pix won’t go anywhere.

  23. Brenda Katz

    I cannot figure how to load photos from iPad to website

  24. Brenda Katz

    I cannot figure how to load photos from iPad

  25. jane

    Hello – if there is an answer to how photos can be rotated (as per previous other people complaining of this glitch) can it be posted here?! The photos are fine on my laptop but rotate sideways when on airbnb. Please help!

  26. Cozy Room/Sunny Serenity, Philadephia,PA

    <html> <head> <style><!– .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Tahoma } –></style> </head> <body class=’hmmessage’><div dir=’ltr’> <BR>Since no one from the site is bothering to&nbsp;give a technical answer, how about noticing which direction they rotate on the site, and then going back&nbsp; to your laptop and rotating them in the opposite direction so that they end up right&nbsp;on the site? Sometimes simple works. Godd luck!&nbsp;<BR> <DIV></DIV></div></body></html>

  27. Christian b

    Yeah. Wake up airbnb. Please answer to the question: Can you upload pics from an iPad?

  28. leah

    I can’t even upload any pictures it wont let me. I have tried clicking and dragging but all i get is a logo circle with red line wont let me. Tried the link to the old uploader but it took me back to the same place. What is going on?

  29. apartments-berlin-mitte

    thank you for so many tips here, great site and great service

  30. lut/niz

    thank you!

  31. lut/niz

    only serious renter

  32. lut/niz

    pls dont share my personal info.

  33. lut/niz

    no comment any further inquiries pls e mail in the above.thx

  34. norlaini bao

    it is beautiful hause and no comment

  35. Ruth

    Thank you – I feel confident that hosting with AIRbnb will be successful :-)

  36. George Holmes

    U guys are great & thanks 4 the tips. Hopefully ill get more bookings soon. Have a Blessed yr. 2012.

  37. Max Götz

    Excellent… thanks for posting this! We use the advice you offer all the time… PS: come visit Argentina and experience the Paris of South America!

  38. Cannes apart

    Superb tips. I think I need to buy some more lights before I take some more photos?Thanks for sharing.

  39. mario shih

    parece hay para todo los gustos!!

  40. Mary Ann

    How do I delete a photo that I uploaded twice by mistake?

  41. Vivek Wagle

    Hi Mary Ann – you can just go to the Edit tab in Photos and click "Delete" for the appropriate photo.

  42. Cecilia

    Hy!loading photos takes soooooooooooo long, how come? I already reduced the size, but nothing, I wasn’t able to load even one…please help me! what’s the secret?

  43. Vivek Wagle

    Hi Cecilia – the uploader is having a bad day, but we’ve got our engineers on it. Should be fixed shortly!

  44. Virginia

    Hi Vivek,It seems the uploader is having a bad day again, I can’t upload my photos. Can you please take a lookt at it?Thanks,Virginia

  45. Marietta W

    I don’t see anyone from AirBnB answering the question everyone has about photos that are uploading sideways or upside down, even when they’re properly saved on the computer. Is it only Mac users that are having this issue? Thanks!

  46. Vivek Wagle

    Hi Marietta – this is a glitch in the system that unfortunately we can’t fix right now. The only advice I have is to retake the photo and try uploading again. Sorry!

  47. Michele K Cazalas

    I only uploaded 1 pic tonight…more to come…and it was fast and correct positioning. Hope all my other pics I need to upload will be this easy. Has anyone had success with renting a room ?? Can you elaborate on type of guest and duration of stay. Thanks :)

  48. anida

    Is it possible to upload videos?

  49. Vivek Wagle

    Hi anida – we are experimenting with video uploads. We may expand video profiles in the future.

  50. Shelby

    @ Michele K CazalasTypes of guests and duration of stay vary. Probably the biggest factor is – where are you? Are you in a city that people come and stay for work? or just want see one or two tourist sites? And who are you and how did you write your ad?I’ve had people book anywhere between 1 night and 2 months. I’ve had single business travelers, couples on vacation, parents visiting adult children, people here for work, and recently a slew of people looking for a short term solution while they are going through a break up. Age ranges from early 20′s to mid 60′s. I don’t get many people looking to party, but my listing talks about calm and quiet and an escape from the hubub.

  51. Shelby

    @ Michele K CazalasTypes of guests and duration of stay vary. Probably the biggest factor is – where are you? Are you in a city that people come and stay for work? or just want see one or two tourist sites? And who are you and how did you write your ad?I’ve had people book anywhere between 1 night and 2 months. I’ve had single business travelers, couples on vacation, parents visiting adult children, people here for work, and recently a slew of people looking for a short term solution while they are going through a break up. Age ranges from early 20′s to mid 60′s. I don’t get many people looking to party, but my listing talks about calm and quiet and an escape from the hubub.

  52. Forster Golf & Beach Holiday

    Rotating Photos – WINDOWS USERS – I had no trouble but did it THIS way:Uploaded from Olympus Digital to my photos on Windows Laptop – opened photo & clicked EDITclicked ROTATE & clicked SAVE – then uploaded to Airbnb maybe some of your troubles come from not SAVING changes B4 uploading????? Just a tip which I hope helps.

  53. Forster Golf & Beach Holiday

    How do get captions on photos once they have been uploaded to Airbnb? I note that several people have done it but I can’t see an option.

  54. Vivek Wagle

    Hi there – to add captions, just go to your Dashboard > Your Listings > Manage Listing > Photos. Then select the Edit tab. You will then see each photo; click on one and at the bottom of the image will be a long white box where you can add a caption. Once you have typed a caption in and pressed Enter/Return, it should automatically save. Please give up to 30 mins for your listing to update on our system. Please also make sure you are using a browser that can cope with high graphic websites, such as Chrome and Firefox.

    • Nicola

      Hi – then why did my captions all skip along one photo after I did them all? twice!

  55. BelApart Belgrade Apartments and private room

    Useful !

  56. Russell Hill Bed&Breakfast

    I cannot get photos to upload. I click on the upload and it says is uploading, have waited one hour, nothing happens. What do you suggest?

  57. john

    Yes I agree about the search engine .. I’m renting my photo studio in Brooklyn.When you search " Photostudio" on Airbnb 100s off listing come before mine.. and not one of them has the word photostudio in the listing. So I have no idea how the search engine works .. but it has nothing to do with whats you’r searching for. – J

  58. john

    Yes I agree about the search engine .. I’m renting my photo studio in Brooklyn.When you search " Photostudio" on Airbnb 100s of listing come before mine.. and not one of them has the word photostudio in the listing. So I have no idea how the search engine works .. but it has nothing to do with whats you’r searching for. – J

  59. coconut love beach house

    can’t upload any photos, says its uploading but nothing happens. please fix!!!!!!

  60. KIm

    I am a beginner on Airbnb and would like to be a host. Cannot even go foward with my listing, stucking with uploading the first photo, cannot do it at all. How should I solve this problem ?

  61. mimi

    i can’t upload my picture. no even single. What can i do?

  62. Sarah

    Please add a rotate function to the picture page!

    • Nicola

      yes please !!!!

  63. D

    I feel like this is a scam. I cannot upload pictures either. Have also waited an hour. Whats the deal? Do they want money or something for doing this?

  64. D

    Also, photographer cancelled today saying airbnb told him he needed new equipment. I took the day off work!

  65. Tal

    Hi D,We’ve recently raised our photography standards and regret that it resulted in an inconvenient cancellation for you. We will be providing you with a better equipped photographer for your shoot and appreciate your patience. I am truly sorry to hear that the scheduling went awry and caused frustration when it was our intention to improve your experience.Tal

  66. caroline

    Why can’t I upload any photo’s to my listing, I have been trying for over 2 days to add some photo’s, it say’s the photo is uploading but nothing is being added. Is there a problem……

  67. rhonda robinson

    Please help as I can’t seem to upload any of my photos for my listing??Please advise asap so I can get my listing viewed for rental.Thank you kindly.

  68. Tiffany

    How do you rotate your photo?

  69. Elon

    I can not upload my photos to become a new host. I know you need at least one. It is just not working for me. I request a free photo shoot, so I guest I will have to wait on that. Any advice in the meanwhile would be appreciated. Thank you

  70. AG

    Tiffany, Airbnb is a wonderful organisation, apart from the technical side of its photo policy, which really does not work at all. Hundreds of people have asked to rotate a photo in the past, but so far that has not been possible. I just cannot imagine that it can be difficult to implement, but I am not a programmer.I would take the photo again with a horizontal shape :-(

  71. John Baczynski

    I had exactly the same problem uploading my photos when I started my listing a short while ago. My browser is Internet Explorer, and it doesn’t seem to work at all when uploading photos to Airbnb. I followed Airbnb’s suggestion to try another browser. I thought Google Chrome was difficult to download, and I gave up in the end. However, I found Mozilla Firefox very easy to download, and this browser sorted out the photo upload issue. I would also add that I’m no expert when it comes to computers, so I guess if I can do it, most others should be able to do it as well. As far as rotating photos is concerned, I had no difficulty. I took the photos on my mobile phone, and downloaded them onto my computer via a USB connection I put the photos into a folder, went through them all, made any required corrections, and closed the folder. I then accessed the folder to upload them – no problems. I hope this helps anyone who is having difficulty, good luck! John.

  72. John Baczynski

    I had exactly the same problem uploading my photos when I started my listing a short while ago. My browser is Internet Explorer, and it doesn’t seem to work at all when uploading photos to Airbnb. I followed Airbnb’s suggestion to try another browser. I thought Google Chrome was difficult to download, and I gave up in the end. However, I found Mozilla Firefox very easy to download, and this browser sorted out the photo upload issue. I would also add that I’m no expert when it comes to computers, so I guess if I can do it, most others should be able to do it as well. As far as rotating photos is concerned, I had no difficulty. I took the photos on my mobile phone, and downloaded them onto my computer via a USB connection I put the photos into a folder, went through them all, made any required corrections, and closed the folder. I then accessed the folder to upload them – no problems. I hope this helps anyone who is having difficulty, good luck! John.

  73. Chris

    Had the same image upload problems with IE. Wanted to add/ change some pictures. Tried Mozilla. Didn’t work at first. Closed IE. Reopened Mozilla. Didn’t work again. Then clicked somewhere on the image upload page, then clicked on the upload button and upload dialogue suddenly popped up. Absolutely random. Tried again. Did not work. Tried another time and worked this time. And so forth. The upload time itself was rapid. Explanation? Don’t ask…

  74. Jan Lohmann

    How do I schedule a photographer to come out and take photos of my home?

  75. Monica Ghigli

    The old version of sliding a pic in the description doesn’t open. The new version doesn’t accept pictures shot by mobile camera. So, I cannot add new photos. Please fix it. Regards

  76. Monica Ghigli

    The old version of sliding a pic in the description doesn’t open. The new version doesn’t accept pictures shot by mobile camera. So, I cannot add new photos. Please fix it. Regards

  77. davnet

    I would like an AirB+B photographer to take photos for me please.D

  78. davnet

    I would like an AirB+B photographer to take photos for me please.D

  79. davnet

    I would like an AirB+B photographer to take photos for me please.D

  80. Nordals

    How do I ask a help to Airbnb photographer in Riga , Latvia to come out and take photos of my apartment?

  81. Nordals

    How do I ask a help to Airbnb photographer in Riga , Latvia to come out and take photos of my apartment?

  82. Nordals

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  83. Nordals

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  84. Nordals

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  85. Nordals

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  86. roberto

    please i need you to take some pic of my property

  87. roberto

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  88. roberto

    please i need you to take some pic of my property

  89. roberto

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  90. roberto

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  91. roberto

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  92. roberto

    please i need you to take some pic of my property

  93. roberto

    please i need you to take some pic of my property

  94. fred

    how can i upload photos from my ipad to airbnb when i list my apt?? i had to buy an app to do so on craigslist. is there an app for airbnb–i could not find one??

  95. devin

    no rotate option is sooooooo annoying. it still gets it wrong even if i reorient it the file.

  96. fred fischer

    can i list my apartment from my ipad? how?

  97. Daniel

    Hey,
    I don’t this doesn’t make much sense, but I ROTATED the pics clockwise 4 times (yes, looks the same, but works) and SAVE and it UPLOADS PROPERLY. Hope it helps, and hope an easier solution is implemented soon.

    • Nicola

      You mean you just did some rotations then saved the right way up? How odd… I was so fed up after trying various things in all different photo editing programmes before uploading that I have just let them be upside down – very frustrating. I am hoping that airbnb are going to fix this problem soon. All they need is a rotate function on the site itself.

  98. Suzanne

    I have taken a wonderful set of photos using my smartphone, Samsung Galaxy. I downloaded saved the photos as jpeg. When I upload them to my listing, they are very fuzzy. Does this mean I need to use a better camera, or can I download and save the images to preserve their quality. Thanks much.

  99. Home away from home, BC Canada

    Good tips, thanks for sharing!

  100. Maria Tamayo

    Hi you there in the Airbnb net… I have uploaded some photos that were vertical composted but once on the airbnb web they got horizontal. How can I turn them ? Many thanks in advance, Maria