Needless to say, the pictures in your listing are the most important tool for getting more bookings. The angle of the lens you use will affect the perception that travellers get of your place. Here is a comparison of pictures of the same rooms using lenses with different angles.
- “Standard” Lens: Most point-and-shoot cameras come with “standard” lenses. Taking photos of rooms with those lenses tends to be difficult, given that they will only cover a section of the room. You will have to take several pictures of the room for travellers to grasp its setup. The room may end up feeling smaller than it actually is. These lenses, however, may be great for showcasing details of a room, as it is the case of the basin below.
- Wide-Angle Lens: Wide-angle lenses are great for taking pictures of rooms. Each picture will showcase most of the details of the room. They also provide a better sense of the size of the room. Wide-angle lenses are becoming more affordable by the day. In fact, many point-and-shoot cameras below USD200 already include them.
- Fish-Eye Lens: These are my favorite lenses for rooms. You can showcase all of the details of one room in just one picture. Travellers will feel confident that you are not hiding anything from them. Given the “surreal” feeling of these pics, I recommend combining them with pics taken with wide-angle lens. That way travellers won’t feel that your property is as a Dali sculpture. Fish-eye lenses are expensive, though. You usually need to buy the camera body and the lenses separately.
Here is a comparison of pictures of the same room taken with different lenses.
P.S. I happen to the be the lucky owner of a fish-eye lens. If you live in New York City and you want to take fish-eye pics of your room(s), let me know. I can pass by, meet you in person, and take some pics for you in exchange for orange juice and cookies.