Just yesterday I was accused of not having a anything on the blog or in my book about preparing photos for the MLS. This post will fix the blog part and I'll make sure I have similar material in my book in the update that is coming soon.
There are a bunch of discussion threads on this subject in the flickr group. For example here is one that gives a lot of opinions. Not all are accurate by the way.
Here's the issue:
- As a listing agent or real estate photographer you care about how your photos look on the MLS because MLS sites send (syndicate) photos to regional, and national real estate sites.
- It's impossible to make many general statements about MLS photo specs. They all have their own requirements and quirks.
- MLSs will mangle the photos in some way because they have software that makes sure photos aren't too big and are the right aspect ration etc.
So what can be done to keep the damage to a minimum?
- Take the time to find out what the suggested upload specs are for you local MLS.
- Take at the time to see how your photos look on the MLS and on regional real estate sites.
- Real estate photographers should supply a set of photos specifically optimized for MLS upload.
- My experience is that photos that are sized 800x600x72 with file size around 80K work best for me. This doesn't mean this will work well on your MLS.
Unfortunately there just isn't one simple answer that works everywhere. You have to talk to your local MLS, experiment and see what works best.