What size should my images be?

What's the optimum size is for your property photos? There are a few ways to talk about file size, you can tweak your camera settings in any of the following ways to find the sweet spot.

Quick tips

  • Each image should be around 3MB – 6MB in size.
  • Set the resolution to around 4272 x 2848.
  • Set your camera up to shoot at 12 megapixels.
  • Accepted file types are JPG, TIFF, GIF. We can't accept RAW files.
  • Files over 15MB? See How do I change the size of my images?

File size: 3MB - 6MB

File size is probably the easiest and best indicator of whether your camera is correctly set up for capturing property photos. Check the file size on your computer by right-clicking on the image file.

  • Windows: Right click > Properties
  • Mac: Right click > Get info

Under 3MB is too small. The quality of the shots will be poor if enlarged. It’s also very hard to remove objects from small images using Photoshop.

Over 7MB is too big. Your memory card and hard drive will fill up in double quick time. Images will also take a long time to upload to our system.

File sizes vary depending on the detail in the shot. An empty white bedroom room will have a lower file size than a colourful living room full of furniture.

Resolution: 4272 x 2848

Resolution is about how many pixels make up an image file. The more pixels in a file, the more detail can be captured and the higher the image quality will be.

Resolution is measured by the number of vertical columns of pixels multiplied by the number of horizontal rows of pixels e.g. 4272 x 2848.

Megapixels: 12MP

A camera’s resolution is measured in megapixels (MP). An entry-level DSLR camera will shoot up to 12 or 18 megapixels, which, by the way, is more than adequate for taking stunning shots.

As camera technology improves, so does the MP. 24 megapixel cameras are now commonplace, but that doesn't mean you should be taking shots at that quality.

It won’t noticeably improve the quality of the photos but it will turn the files into slow-loading oafs that will be too big for our system to accept.

Why do you need images of this size?

Depending on your viewpoint, you could think file sizes we recommend are big or small! Pro photographers who shoot in RAW with file sizes of 25mb + may think it's too small. Agents who are used to having their images compressed by Rightmove to 400kb may think it's too big.

Either way, here's why the size we recommend is ideal...

Object removal

If you want us to remove objects from your images (e.g. cars, clutter etc), we can do a much better job at this if we have nice big images to work on.

The bigger the image, the more pixel detail we have to work with and the more precise we can be when removing those unwanted pixels.

Print, window displays and touchscreens

If you want your property images to be nice and sharp with no loss of clarity when printed in a brochure or for a window display, it’s best to have them slightly bigger so you can be sure that no matter what size you print, your images will look great up to 68cm x 45cm before you notice any loss in quality!

Large touchscreen displays are also becoming more popular in high street windows, and naturally, these large screens need large images!

Loss of quality on export

When images are edited and exported from Photoshop and Lightroom, some loss of image quality can occur. For this reason, we require the original images to be bigger so that any loss of quality is not noticeable.

Video Slideshows

We can convert your images into a HD Video Slideshow. For this, we need nice big images that are at least 1920 x 1080 in resolution, ideally bigger for all the reasons mentioned above.

Why are the enhanced images smaller?

The enhanced images we send back have a resolution of 2000 x 1331 (unless the original images you upload are smaller than this). Here are the reasons for and some FAQs about this size change…

Loss of quality on export

When images are edited and exported from Photoshop and Lightroom, some loss of image quality can occur. For this reason, we require the original images to be bigger so that any loss of quality is not noticeable.

High resolution is better for Object Removal

For us to remove objects like cars, clutter, competitor boards or anything else from your shots, we need nice high-resolution images with lots of pixels in so we can zoom in and pinpoint the pixels to remove or change.

Is 2000 x 1331 still a good size for Rightmove?

Yes, a very good size. The size of the main property photo displayed in your Rightmove listing is 660 x 435. The enlarged version is 900 x 600.

The resized images you get back are twice as big as the maximum size displayed on Rightmove. In other words – the clarity will be perfect.

Please be aware, Rightmove, other portals and agency software may compress images at the point you upload them, reducing the quality. This is outside of our control.

What about for printed brochures or window displays?

To answer this fully, we need to talk a little about DPI…

  • Dots per inch (DPI) is the number of dots in a printed inch.
  • The more dots the higher the resolution and the sharper the image.
  • 300 DPI is standard in print.
  • DPI is not a measure associated with web or digital images, only print.

We return your enhanced images with 300 DPI. At this resolution (very fine), your images will have perfect clarity up to a size of 68cm x 45cm.

Are my enhanced images are lower quality?

At the sizes you’ll typically use your images for normal marketing purposes such as online, in brochures, window displays, and large format digital window displays, there will be no noticeable loss in quality.

At a very large size (over 68cm x 45cm) you will start to notice a degree of pixelation and loss in quality.

Can I have my images back bigger?

Yes. If you want your images back at the same size you send them, or in any other custom sizes then just let us know by emailing support@elementsproperty.co.uk.

Did this answer your question? Thanks for the feedback There was a problem submitting your feedback. Please try again later.

Still need help? Contact Us Contact Us