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?
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:
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.