Fred in Florida recently asked the question:
I have finally had my first real estate shoot after much work getting my learning curve down. I need to send the files to the Realtor but when I upload them to Google Drive, they are sent as individual images so you have to click on each link separately to view each one. Is there a better program to use so that the images all appear at one time or by clicking an arrow to go from one image to another?
There are a couple of ways to go if you want to stick with using Google Drive:
- You could Zip the images together into a single compressed .zip file. Both MacOS and Windows 10 have compress and uncompress functionality (Zip) built in. Then send the Zipped file to the Realtor via Google Drive. This could be too technical for some Realtors.
- You could also use the Photos functionality of Google. Upload the finished photos to Google photos, create an album and share the album with the Realtor. This may be more familiar for Realtors.
Neither of the above ways is a very professional way to deliver photos. Here are some of the more common alternatives for real estate photo delivery:
- Client logs into your site: This approach is a very professional approach for online delivery because delivery is via your personal branded site. However, this means you have to have a site that has this capability. Photoshelter.com is one example. There are many others. Basically, each client has their own account on your website where they can log in and download their photos.
- File/photo delivery sites: A few years ago there used to be a few of these, now it seems like there are hundreds. A few of the popular ones are Box.net, YouSendIt.com, Pixoasis.com, Shootproof.com and Pixieset.com. All of these are professional ways to deliver photos and other large files. Many like shotproof.com are tailored for photographers. They are all in the area of $10 USD/month. With Pass.us you can deliver under 100 photos for free.
- Tourbuzz.net: If you use Tourbuzz.net for tours, it has a great built-in photo delivery feature that delivers photos in two different sizes. I use this feature all the time.
- DropBox.com: I put DropBox as a separate alternative because of its wide usage and the fact that you can get 2Gbs of storage for free. You can send anyone a link to download Dropbox files. This may be a good, free getting started service, but it doesn't look as professional as other alternatives.
Think of photo delivery as a promotion and customer service opportunity. Use delivery to present yourself professionally. For most of these delivery sites at around $10 USD/month, they provide a very professional delivery process.