Understand the battle between sharpness and Fluidity.

One of the most asked questions in the universe of the single-property website is” why do my photos look poorer than when I view them on my computer?” It is a sad but recurrent question. There can be multiple reasons and multiple solutions for this. Originals file, compression, noises, etc. In these articles, we will go over these multiple facets to understand this situation and to help you solve it.

The first time that you do when you are planning to offer a single property-website to your client is to go over the property and shoot it. As a professional or amateur photographer, you probably know that all cameras have their force and their weakness. But most of them can be overruled by some changes in your camera settings. The most important thing to improve would be the noise. Generally speaking, noise is defined as aberrant pixels. That means pixels that are not representing the color, or the exposure of the scene correctly. Noise is created into your images when you shoot a long exposure image or shoot at a high ISO setting. This does mean that you should never go over ISO 100 or do long exposures. There are times that you may need, or even want, to shoot in those conditions. But you would need to deal with it in post-production.

What can help you reduce noises on your camera

  • Shooting at a lower ISO
  • Shoot in RAW
  • Check your exposure
  • Avoid long exposure if possible
  • Use in-camera noise reducer or use a post-production software like Lightroom to reduce noises

The second you would need to do once your shooting is done, is to post-prod your images; HDR fusion, white-balance correction, reduce noises, etc. You are now ready to upload your images into Tourbuzz to create your single-property website. We provide a guideline to help you provide a high-quality image to your client;

  • File Size: up to 1500MB
  • Image Size: up to 60MP (megapixels) for stills and 65MP for panoramas
  • Still Images: 1920x1280 or greater (up to 4200x4200)Print-Quality Images: Upload 2.4 Mega Pixel or better.
  • 300 DPI

If you choose to upload the highest quality available on Tourbuzz you will increase your quality once the images are on the tour. One thing that needs to be said, if you are using Ken burn effect, zoom in, fade-out effect in your slideshow even if you have to most clear image ever since they are moving they cannot be as clear as if they are not moving.

The last step that your images will go through is compression. The ppi for the images will be compress to 72 ppi, but know that we do it for a good reason. We compress photos to web-standard levels to provide a better viewing experience and reduce loading time. If we keep the images as their original size it would have loading time between the images.

Picture taken from: https://www.photografica.com.au

Knowing this if you have followed the recommendation below your quality will still be at the rendez-vous. However, if you neglect noises the compression will amplify the visibility of these aberrant pixels. The results of this would be a blurry image. If you have neglect to upload the greatest format possible, your images will not look bad, but we will compress a low format/quality images, so it would not give you the best you can have.

In conclusion, if like most of the photographer you are looking for quality, sharpness, high resolution if you follow those advices, you will achieve your goal to give the best quality possible on a virtual tour to your client. 

* Read more about  The 72 PPI web Resolution Myth and Resizing images for the web.

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