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I live in Bangkok full time and have a DSLR with 16 - 35mm wide zoom + own transportation and I can do this job too on my free time as I am mostly free on Wednesdays. How much time will this job require of a photographer, say per month? I can make myself available for this job if it's only going to take 2 - 3 days a month of my time.

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I live in Bangkok full time and have a DSLR with 16 - 35mm wide zoom + own transportation and I can do this job too on my free time as I am mostly free on Wednesdays.  How much time will this job require of a photographer, say per month?  I can make myself available for this job if it's only going to take 2 - 3 days a month of my time.

Hi Nordlys and thanks for the offer.

As time goes by it's apparent that one of the most difficult sides to this website is to encourage the landlords of these apartment buildings to upload their properties and pics for free.

I don't know if they're suspicious or just find the online 'add apartment forms' a little time consuming, but whatever the reasons are they're just not overly interested!

There are no such problems with private landlords and agencies so we'll always have fresh new content, but the apartment blocks are slow in coming which is a shame as there’s a lot of interest in these places especially at the budget end.

Therefore, to get photos added to the buildings already uploaded on the site would mean I’d be paying out of my own pocket to spice up other peoples listings.

I've spend a fair few quid and one hel_l of a lot of time putting this site together (and enjoyed every minute of it I hasten to add) but there has to be a line drawn as to what's a sensible investment compared to a daft decision financially.

Mr. Roomfinder will have healthy organic growth regardless and given time we'll probably see more buildings listed along side private dwellings and agency entries, but as with any new web project, nothing happens overnight.

Thanks for your offer though Nordlys but unless you can get the managers of such places to pay you personally for a set of pics, we'll have to leave things as they are for the time being.

All the best.

Aitch

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Hi Drew, this popped up on mine- don't know the guy, or what the rates are tho:

Product Photography for web based sales:

http://www.bahtsold.com/detail.php?id=14642

(odd he didn't place a photo in the ad tho..) :o

Thanks for the info B&S but it is a sizable job and fairly time consuming gathering photos for apartment buildings, their facilities and rooms, and so obviously comes at quite a price even with local guys.

At this moment in time I think any new cash generated into the site is better spent in enhancing the site generally.

I already highlight the benefits of including photos with ads in the Add Apt forms and the conformation emails that go out to new advertisers, and it seems to be working quite well thus far.

BTW, I’ve sent you a pvt mail.

Cheers

Aitch

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Here's an idea. Lets say you offer to pay someone (anyone) a commission after photos they provided lead (verified) to someone moving in.

Convince the apartment manager that you will remove the photos and apartment advertisement from your website if he dosen't pay the commission. Someone moving in will prove the value of your website.

That way there is no out of pocket expence to you, you get your photos for your website, you help someone find an apartment, and an apartment manager fills an apartment. Everyone wins.

This is a rough draft idea but if you work the possible bugs out it just might work.

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Here's an idea. Lets say you offer to pay someone (anyone) a commission after photos they provided lead (verified) to someone moving in.

Convince the apartment manager that you will remove the photos and apartment advertisement from your website if he dosen't pay the commission. Someone moving in will prove the value of your website.

That way there is no out of pocket expence to you, you get your photos for your website, you help someone find an apartment, and an apartment manager fills an apartment. Everyone wins.

This is a rough draft idea but if you work the possible bugs out it just might work.

Thanks for that richard10365.

Believe you me I’ve thought of this from all angles. The main problem is I don't think the Thai landlords care all that much whether they have a slot on Roomfinder or not, even if it does find tenants for what would otherwise be empty rooms.

Say the idea did work though, there's still the hassle of contacting every place to explain the situation (over 400 at a rough guess) and that could be a job in itself.

The best option would be for an enthusiastic freelance photographer to attempt to charge an acceptable fee to these project owners for submitting a bunch of pics to me which I could then upload to their ads. Such an individual could work independently and have no contact with Roomfinder other than submitting the pics he's taken.

Everyone's a winner.

Building gets its glossy ad.

Photographer gets his/her fee.

Home hunters have more useful listings.

Roomfinder gains in popularity.

Unfortunately, theory doesn't work so well in practice in this game so unless something happens despite me and the site, we'll just have to be patient and let time build Roomfinder into a colourful and useful resource for home hunters and landlords, which, given that time, I know it will be.

Thanks for your thoughts though richard10365.

Aitch

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Drew,...lets say you did find an enthusiastic freelance photographer willing to send you the photos you need. Do you have a form avaliable that the photographer could fill out on each apartment location that would ensure you got all the information you need for your website?

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Have you thought of Google Earth, it has Bangkok very well covered.

You can hand out the .KMZ files to those interested in seeing the Building and the area.

Ypu must have Google Earth installed for this to work

I just realised you can't attach a .KMZ file here, but here is the direct link to the .KMZ File, someone posted in the Google Earth Forum

Typical .KMZ File to see a Bangkok Building If you don't kave Google Earth installed, and you can get it from Google for free, your computer won't know what to do with a .KMZ file.

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Drew,...lets say you did find an enthusiastic freelance photographer willing to send you the photos you need. Do you have a form avaliable that the photographer could fill out on each apartment location that would ensure you got all the information you need for your website?

Hi richard10365,

Yes, is the answer to your question and if it’s not appropriate it would only take a few minutes to make a new master form.

The main issue is with the apartment buildings we already have on the site without pics so it's just a case of locating them and snapping away. Each Roomfinder entry allows up to 7 colour photos and 1 map image, and home hunters really do like to see a few photo posted along with the other property details.

Almost all new entries to the site include at least a couple of pics although I get mostly private condos added recently and not so many new Apartment buildings which is a shame. I'm confident this will all change the longer the site sticks around.

Cheers

Aitch

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Have you thought of Google Earth, it has Bangkok very well covered.

You can hand out the .KMZ files to those interested in seeing the Building and the area.

Ypu must have Google Earth installed for this to work

I just realised you can't attach a .KMZ file here, but here is the direct link to the .KMZ File, someone posted in the Google Earth Forum

Typical .KMZ File to see a Bangkok Building  If you don't kave Google Earth installed, and you can get it from Google for free, your computer won't know what to do with a .KMZ file.

Hi.

I have though about Google Earth and will be taking a closer look at it soon. As it's satellite viewing it's going to therefore be an aerial view I guess which will not give so much visual information for those wanting images on the building.

Having said that, I’m not qualified to comment on Google Earth at this point, so I’d better take a look before I say anymore on the issue.

Thanks for your feedback mattnich, it is appreciated.

Aitch

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Why I was thinking Google Earth would be useful is yyour customers could see what the area looks like, what is nearby etc etc. So the .KMZ link I showed there, lets people see how close that location is to the BTS / MRT etc

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Why I was thinking Google Earth would be useful is yyour customers could see what the area looks like, what is nearby etc etc. So the .KMZ link I showed there, lets people see how close that location is to the BTS  / MRT etc

Thanks mattnich.

Aitch

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Hello everyone. 

One of the most common complaints I get about Mr. Roomfinder is the lack of photos with the Apartment listings.  Most newly added condos are now uploaded with pics which is great, but there are many apartment blocks listed on the site that are void of photos.

I know that greater Bkk is a huge city, but is it a crazy idea to have someone run around on a motorcycle armed with a digital camera, and over a period of time, collect photos for us for all the apartments we have listed without pics?

Even if we only had a couple of quick snap shots for each place for say:

1. Building exterior

2. Main living area

I’ve been toying with the idea for some time now but a few things that have put me off to date are:

* Where to find a reliable person happy to do take on this task?

* How much time will be spent at each place explaining why we want the pics?

* The overall cost and how to pay for it? e.g.  per place or by selected zone?

The bottom line is, all the apartment buildings have direct contact details and descriptions anyway, so in the opinion of this forum, is the idea above a bit over the top or do photos really make a difference when home hunting on websites?

I appreciate any feedback you might have.

Aitch

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