Last week, John asked about the size of photos he should deliver to his clients:
Yesterday I had an agent tell me the 800 x 600 pixels are too small. Up until now, no one really complained about it. He also said the minimum should be 1600 x 1200 but he prefers 2048 x 1536. What is the standard everyone is using today?
Tom also asked about a similar question:
I have been uploading photo files to my agents at the guidelines recommended in the September 9th, 2009 article you posted titled "What You Need To Know About Uploading To MLS." Yesterday, I had an agent tell me the 800 x 600 pixels are too small. Up until now no one really complained about it. He also said the minimum should be 1600 x 1200 but prefers 2048 x 1536. What is the new standard everyone is using today? Is there a new standard?
The problem with recommending a specific size is that MLSs run a wide variety of system software. Because of this, there is no such thing as a standard. Some MLS software does a good job at downsizing if you give them a bigger size than they like but in the past, MLS downsizing has been notorious for mangling photo files so the theory has always been that if you give them the exact size they want, they end up not touching the files during uploading. Here are my recommendations for figuring out what size photos to upload to your MLS:
Of course, it is advisable to also deliver images sized for printing in addition to images sized for the local MLS.
Some readers have told me that when they call their MLS, they have trouble getting photo specification information. Be aware that MLSs are set up to support their members (agents that pay them monthly fees) so explain that you are a photographer who supplies photos to their members and you are inquiring so you can better serve their members.
Today's real estate photo delivery standard is to deliver two sizes of photos, one set of photos sized for MLS upload (preferably exactly what works best for the particular MLS and another size for printing.
Bill in Minnesota asks another question:
I have tried delivering many different sizes for upload to the local MLS but the issue I am running into is that when I view the photos on a site like Realtor.com after they are uploaded to the MLS, the photos are smaller and box shaped. I know they can get larger because I see others that go from arrow to arrow on the screen. Anyone have any insight as to what I might be doing wrong?
This is a totally different spin on the issue of what size photos you should deliver to your MLS than we've talked about before. My advice to Bill is:
Has anyone encountered and solved the problem Bill is having?