Photo Sets–What Type of Photography Does a Hotel Buy?

By Matthew Bamberg / May 20, 2013
Building reflections are a popular hotel photography theme

Building reflections with squares and lights

Building with beautiful clouds reflecting on it

Building reflection with compelling clouds

Reflection of classic building on a modern building

Reflection of brown building on glass building

Reflection of one modern building on another

Photo sets are more important than ever. With photography being so hot these days, hotels are slapping it on walls all over the world. It’s simple and chic, characteristics of the hotels wanting to sell themselves as hipster boutique. So, what type of photography does a hotel buy?

Two requirements for the photography you want to sell to hotels and/or restaurants:

1. A set of photographs with a related theme.

Photos have to be similar to one another in a number of ways. The more focused the theme, the better the set. 

2.  Photos need to be sharp at 100 percent resolution with no noise or sensor spots.

Cleaning up your photos in Photoshop is an absolute must! Any spot seen by the buyer is a deal that’s bound to be broken. 

Last month, I traveled to a hotel where the theme was building reflections. When I saw the photos, I realized I could do the same set just as good as the ones I saw, if not better.

I posted the building reflections that I’ve shot around the world on Facebook and am now writing about them on this blog.

Lesson to be Learned: Check out the hotels to see what’s up on the walls. You might have a similar set of images with a related theme. If you do, you’re all set to put your work out there after a little postprocessing.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).