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Vacation Rental Owners Tips #4

Tip #4: Don't oversell your property vacation rental.

The first contact a guest has with a vacation rental owner is more likely than not, through a listing or the owner's website. "A pictures paints a thousand words" is the old saying. So pictures play a role in seducing to read further. If abusively retouched or changed then this is misleading the guest. Just take a good photo.

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Create Strong Photographic Composition Using Framing. 

Tips for using framing

  • Look for ways to shoot through natural frames to highlight your subject. Trees, doorways and windows work well.
  • If you find an interesting subject, photograph it as you normally would first. Then look behind you to see if there is anything that can be used as a frame. Sometimes simply backing up and shooting through the doorway behind you does the trick.
  • Focus on the subject, NOT the foreground element which is the frame. The viewer's eye will go to the sharpest area of the image and you want that to be the subject. You don't want the frame drawing attention, it should support the subject, not take away from it.
  • Make sure the element being used as a frame isn't overly bright. Like sharp focus, brightness also draws the viewer's attention. If you're shooting into a building and using the doorway as a frame – but the outside of the doorway is in sunlight and the inside where you subject is location is much darker – it will not be as effective because the door will stand out more. In such a situation I would suggest just going inside and not including the bright doorway.
  • You must frame SOMETHING INTERESTING! Just because you have a frame in your image doesn't mean it will be a winner. You have to have something worth framing on the other side. You must still have a center of interest – a subject. Framing an empty parking lot with a lovely tree – is still an empty parking lot. Consider if the photo of the subject being framed would be interesting enough on its own first. If it is, then go ahead and frame it. If not – adding a frame will NOT make it more interesting. This is the biggest mistake I see beginners make when attempting to use framing.

See Source text for framing examples . This could also be of interest: 3 Tips to Help You Compose Photos That Don’t Suck

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29 vacation rental tips Tip #1: Keep your property immaculately clean! Works wonders for reviews Tip #2: Take 10 minutes to greet your guests and assess any special needs. Start building that bond Tip #3: Don’t give discounts! Provide your guests with an authentic experience, that they’ll NEVER forget Tip #4: Don't oversell your property vacation rental Tip #5: Offer your guests free transfer to your vacation rental Tip #6: Let your guests arrive as Kings and leave as Emperors Tip #7: Provide your guests with WHITE spotless bath towels Tip #8: Facilitate your guests' expectancies Tip #9: Don't take your guests for a ride Tip #10: Give a free upgrade to your guests Tip #11: Invite your guests for dinner Tip #12: Make sure the bathroom is spotless Tip #13: Limit your time with the opposite sex Tip #14: Assists your guests, however small the gesture Tip #15: Sit and talk with your guests without overstaying Tip #16: Inform your guests the best spots for them Tip #17: Avoid discussing dress code, state in welcome letter Tip #18: Provide your guests with tide times and chart for the duration of their stay Tip #19: Provide your guests a list of local activities and excursion providers. Tip #20: Don't disturb your guest if they are alone. Tip #21: Offer your guests a bottle for no reason. Tip #22: Don't be intimate in front of your guests. Tip #23: Go out of your way, and really surprise your guests. Tip #24: Make sure that your security is flawless. Tip #25: Ask your clients to save water. Bathe together? Tip #26: Clean where the eye can't see Tip #27: Talk to children for constructive criticism Tip #28: Be cautious when providing advice Tip #29: Provide weather forecast in your welcome letter