Autumn is just around the corner, which makes it high time to optimise your space for the upcoming seasons. Checked and added your availability? Great! Now it's time to optimise and add your autumn and winter photos.
Many hosts consider autumn and winter low season, but this isn’t necessarily true. We know from experience that many people search for a cosy autumn or winter getaway several times a season. Your campspace might be just what they’re looking for!
Not only is winter camping gaining in popularity, the #vanlife trend is seeing more and more people across Europe outfitting campervans to go on adventures with. This means that guests booking in autumn and winter are likely to have all the equipment they need to defy the cold and enjoy their time outdoors.
The number one way to get more bookings in autumn and winter is to change your listing’s photos to convey a seasonal atmosphere. The good news is, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture the magic of changing seasons! You just need to follow the right tips, which we’ve compiled below.
We’ll break down some of our basic rules of thumb for shooting great photos for your listing and social media. These might just get you as excited about photography as we are!
Use these tips to stage and frame your photos in a way that truly captures the cosiness of your space.
Autumn leaves are an easy way to spice up your autumnal photos. Throw them in the air or spread them out around your tent. This will add a pop of colour and a playfulness to the photo.
You can also ask your friends or family to model for you. Do you have a pet? Let it be the star of the photo! You can also use props like camping gear to create cosy looking scenery. You might have some lights or candles laying around - use them to create mood lighting.
Autumn and winter are actually the ideal seasons for photography. The sun isn’t too bright, which prevents photos from looking too harsh. Ideally, you should take photos on a sunny day during mornings and evenings. These times of the day will give you the most friendly warm lighting.
This one is quite obvious, but needs to be mentioned anyways. Make sure that you’re photographing a clean and relatively tidy space. You’ll want it to look inviting, especially when you take photos of an accommodation on site. Add close-ups of specific details that make your space special.
Try to experiment with different angles. Photos taken from a lower angle or higher angle are often more interesting. Try placing a tree or plant in the corner for extra depth and effect.
There are also some technical requirements we’d ask you to follow before uploading these photos.
It’s very important that you don’t edit photos on your phone. This compromises the quality and size of the image file. If you’ve received photos through a messaging app like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, this has also altered the size and quality.
If needed, you can edit and retouch your photos on your computer, using a programme like Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, but we’re happy to do this for you in-house at Campspace!
This means: no adding of filters, resizing or anything of the sort! We won’t be able to use any photos that have been altered on your mobile phone or that are too low in quality.
Last but not least, we have to receive the incredible shots you took of your space. This is how to prep your files and send them to us:
In order for us to always link a photo back to the photographer and your campspace, it’s important to name your files the right way. (Re)name your photos in the following manner:
Name _ social handle _ space ID code _ number (counting of photos)
To give you an example, here’s how I save my own photos for Campspace:
Don’t worry, you don’t have to name these one by one. There are easy ways to bulk name all your photos.
You can always find the space ID on your listing, otherwise known as your space page. It’s the number in the grey square, right below the ‘about this campspace’ text.
Share your photos with us through WeTransfer to email@example.com
Finally, this wouldn’t be an article about the power of good imagery without a mention of Campspace’s scout programme! We want to encourage our hosts to take photos at opportune moments, when their campspaces are looking their best, but it never hurts to call on one of our hundreds of willing volunteers to arrange a photoshoot as well.
You might have already welcomed a scout in summer or spring, but there’s no reason to not apply for a second visit in autumn or winter. This will give you the diversity of images you need to attract guests year round!
Our scout programme is designed to help those of you that don’t necessarily have the right photography experience or equipment to get good looking photos of your space. Make sure your space page has the best photos by asking for a scout visit in your host menu. A scout visit can increase your bookings up to 300%! There are many more reasons to opt for a scout visit, which you can read about in our top 5 reasons to apply for a scout visit.
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