Airbnb Host Tips for Photography

Start to book your unit quickly with the perfect photos

How to make your rental photos, taken with a phone, stand out with a fast new service!

Attracting guests as often as you need or want is contingent on a number of items including price, timing, location, and size and style. Some of these items are not in your control such as location while others are totally up to you such as price and when to rent. Also, in your control and extremely important to your overall revenue is the presentation of your unit. Certainly, an accurate and attractive photo of your unit will help you meet your goals.

Photographers are always an option and Airbnb can help you set up a shoot but that is no longer the only option. As you know often, photography is not available in your location or there is a wait or maybe a fee. In these cases, or if you want to get started quickly, a new online and mobile app is available to help. Krome Studio will take images of your rental right from your phone and stage them virtually improving their presentation to potential guests for under $12 per photo and within 24 hours. So, if you want to get going in a few hours, or update photos already taken, or you just can’t get a photographer to your location – Krome is a great service and they will create the image for you. No need to learn or know Photoshop!

How does it work…can you use it? Fast, good and easy!

#1 Use Your Phone – no need to get fancy
Everyone has access to a great camera today - phone camera performance (particularly low-light image quality) has improved dramatically. In fact, we’ve pretty much reached the point that you can leave your old point-and-shoot at home. So, use your phone to take 6-7 photos of your unit.

#2 Angle is Everything
Here are a few tips to ensure the best shot:

  1. Take low shots. When your camera is below eye level, your photos will look more like magazine images.
  2. Shoot straight on and try not to angle the camera up or down.
  3. Take images from corners of the room to feature more of the space.
  4. Take your photo during the daytime with natural light if possible. Don’t use a flash, which can produce harsh shadows and inaccurate colors.

#3 Virtually Staging
You don’t have to redecorate – just straighten up and let Krome Studio do the virtual staging, similar to what a professional photographer would do. Take your image, then open the Krome Studio App, select the Pro order option, and upload your photo. Tap the image to leave a note to your Krome designer on what you need. Common requests include straightening, image brightening, object removal (pets, purse, dishes, etc.) or staging touches like flowers.


#4 Krome Studio helps you get there
With your cell phone camera, a good angle and Krome Studio Virtual Staging – you are more likely to attract guests and increase revenue. Virtual staging gives you another option to get the image you want (an accurate and quality visual of your rental) online faster and for less money.

Krome is a service that takes your camera photos and makes them stand out. Krome guarantees satisfaction with a free re-edit on every order. Access the service on your mobile device or the web with professional editors available 24/7, you can submit an image anytime.

Want to try it out? Check out Krome’s Airbnb Host Tips for Photography page for an easy way to improve your Airbnb photos for more bookings! You can also visit Krome’s website for more information about editing your rental images or your family photos.


That’s pretty cool and high tech, although I love the cat in the window. :smile:

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If you know someone with a wide angled lens and a tripod, who knows a few basics about light and exposure time, bob’s your uncle.

Hi there. I know this is an old topic but I am new to the group and I have one important question about photography.

What’s the optimal resolution when taking photos for Airbnb? The one where it won’t be blurry or grainy. Thnx

Something that we have also found to be useful is taking a picture of your front door! People sometimes struggle to see house numbers when driving past so if you have a picture of the front of your house it can easily eliminate that little bit of stress

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I still have people go to my next door neighbor with their dog in tow even with 2 full street view pictures. They haven’t read the directions that indicate I am on the corner nor have they bothered to compare the pictures to reality, which they could do when it is daylight. Some times you can’t fix stupid as they say… luckily my neighbors are cool with everything and as soon as they see them with a dog they know they belong at my place and send them over. I only wish they wouldn’t wait weeks to bother to tell me. If I knew that up front I might also be better prepared to help them with their stay so we are all a bit more happy in the end. Really I’m speaking of my one outlier really…my one and only bad review at my house with ZERO indication it would be coming.

@Militaryhorsegal It might be worth asking your neighbours if you could put a sign up with an arrow pointing to your property. At least your neighbours are friendly about it though!

Thanx. Actually I will eventually be putting up a farm sign but I suspect because the GPS tries to take them to the middle of my pasture (which is behind the next door neighbor’s house) they won’t pay any attention to it. I would need a sign in my neighbor’s yard saying go to the property to your right for it to be effective.

My directions indicate clearly not to follow GPS to the end since it takes you to the pasture and that I am the corner property and the farm (my listing is dog and horse friendly in the title) yet the ones who don’t read just really aren’t going to look at and read the sign either.

A majority of my in home guests are good and it’s not an issue. Maybe I should ask Guests if they may have gone to my neighbor’s house before getting to mine. If they say yes then I’ll know that they probably did not read anything else and could be a problem.

Unless you know that neighbour really well, could this be a case of the pre-emptive goody parcel every so often?


Forgive me for not understanding what a pre-emptive goody parcel is. But yes I get on with the neighbor really well.

It doesn’t bother him in the least when people go to his door first which is why he hadn’t bothered to tell me about it. I think he kind of likes it actually. But I have let him know now that I would like to know when it happens so that I can be better able to help the guest. I explained that that last guest he was telling me about was a huge problem in the end but I had no warning and his arriving elsewhere first could have been an indicator for me to avoid the hassles.

Rarely has the distance between O and P been so great.

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Oops. Typo. I’ll fix it.

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@JohnF. I am guessing you meant case FOR the pre-emptive goody parcel?

Oh and @KKC it was a case of autocorrect as it changed it on me here and I had to refix it.

In effect yes, but it’s a dialectical thing - I write as I speak, and being Scottish mean to the non-Scottish person it often comes across as unintelligible! Fortunately I have an inhouse proofreader who speaks (and writes) pwoper Engerlush :wink:


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Anything to make them smile and think you’re a wonderful human being, even though some of your guest aren’t. One neighbour across the street would think I’m a god if I dropped off a case of beer, the other would be the same for a bunch of flowers.

Anyway, moot point as you know them well.


I’ve told the story here before but here it is again…An home dog boarding host I know in Providence, RI, USA had a neighbor who was unhappy with the dog boarding situation. First they built a very nice, solid, high wooden fence between the two homes. Complaints continued and then they sent a large Edibles gift basket. Complaints stopped. Though my friend is Buddhist the “pile burning coals on their head” method seemed to work.

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