Spot photography guide

Photography is a key element to help a host truly showcase their Sniff spot and attract new guests.

Although location is the first attribute in a guest search, it will be that thumbnail that lures in a potential guest.

Photography needs to show available space, amenities, scale and most of all a fun place for you and your dog.

The following guide will help you to take amazing photos of your sniff spot. 
You can update your spot photos through your host account here.

You can also hire an affordable Sniffspot approved professional photographer to make your listing the most attractive that it can be. Learn more here

The Basics

  • Take your photos in landscape format. Photos in search results are all displayed in landscape, so vertical photos won’t showcase your space as well.
  • Add a variety of photos. To help guests understand what it’s like to visit your space, take photos from every angle of your sniff spot.
  • Composition. Composition in a photo is very important. Consider the rule of thirds for balance and visual queues to keep the eye moving. Create a unique experience for the viewer and your place will pop!
  • Resolution matters. Take photos that are at least 1024 x 683px. When in doubt, a bigger photo is better.
  • Set the scene. Clean up and remove clutter to make your space look spacious and inviting.
  • Shoot in morning or afternoon. Avoid shooting at night or middle of a sunny day when shadows are harsh and highlights are blown out. Morning or afternoon light is a preferred time as the shadows are soft and makes the space more inviting.
  • Filters. Avoid using intense color filters on photos as this misrepresents the space.
  • White balance. Shooting with white balance set to overcast/ cloudy will help place a warm tone over the images without distorting them.
  • Subjects. Avoid people in shots, this should be about the space and the dogs.
  • Highlight unique amenities. Guests love to visit places that are interesting for thier pups, so call attention to details like toys, water and trees

Photography for smaller spots

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The above photos are illustrative of well-shot small spot photos
Small spaces will be the most common and rented Sniff spots within the community. Making sure you are showing clear images that showcase the entire area is key.

Wide angle shots that show all aspects of the available area.

Shoot from a corner - this technique shows a broad range of space and adds dimensionality to the photo. Shooting flat can make a space seem smaller than in real life, while corners help give a sense of true perspective.

Photography for large spots

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The above photos are illustrative of well-shot large spot photos
Large spaces are for the adventurous, and the images should help support this.

Large wide open shots showcasing just how vast the Sniff spot is. We want to show everything that is possible and all the fun that can be had.

Highlighting aspects such as creeks, woodlands, tracks are a great way for future guests to see and plan their visit.

Amenities

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Use photos to highlight spot amenities
Time to set yourself apart from the rest. This is where you can show what makes your Sniff spot a higher quality space.

Amenities can be for both the owners and the dogs. From benches for guests through to dog agility training equipment.

Dogs

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Bring your spot to life by including dogs in secondary photos
Dogs are encouraged in secondary images and we recommend having shots of them running wild and enjoying the space.

If the Sniff spot has amenities this is another great opportunity to show them off.
These shots can be guest submitted to help show a variance in dog breeds to we are not being selective.
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