Throughout your journey with OCUS, you will be able to take on a range of different missions from culinary to real estate through virtual visits or videos. A legitimate question that comes up is "how to get the best score possible on my missions?"
Before explaining how to get five stars, we want to remind you that with an average rating of four stars means you have access to the best missions in the area, and five stars are given only when the work delivered is deemed outstanding in every aspect of the scoring process.
Our Quality Control team rates the mission according to four main criteria :
- Always respect the framing asked by the client
- Taking pictures from corners and turned towards windows
- Make sure to take two to three versions of each type of photo required by the guideline, then when you review them after import, please choose and upload only the best version of each photo required by the client and keep the others at least until you are notified by us that the mission has been validated. This allows the post-production team to save time and process your mission in less time.
- Using the required lenses and focal distance
- For real estate: using a wide-angle lens for indoors to get the entire room at once. Tilt-shift the lens for outdoors to avoid distortion for buildings.
- For culinary: being careful of filling the corners and having a dynamic composition of the hero shot.
Image & Quality
- Bracketing indoors: take 3 exposures of each interior view. You can merge the three exposures to make the HDR file, make sure there’s a good balance between the details we can see in the interior, as well as in the exterior of the room.
- Using camera settings properly (priority to lens speed/f-number/ISO): according to the conditions on location, you have to manage these three settings to get pictures with great exposure and sharpness.
- Using the focus and depth of field depending on the subject and what’s required by the guideline, you can take cues from the example photos in them.
- Uploading unretouched pictures without editing or cropping them, in JPG (not RAW) with the highest resolution (never low resolution), and following the naming structure asked by the guideline.
- Excellent quality: No noise, sharp and a good histogram.
A good balance between light and shadows is necessary. void hard shadows by softening the light source and using a 5 in 1 reflector. The softer the shadow, the better.
Scheduling and delivery
Organization and communication with the client is an important part of the mission. To get the best grade possible, you have to :
- Contact the client as soon as possible when you get the assignment (under 24 hours is optimal).
- Do not hesitate to add comments on the mission page and update the status of the mission so that every side knows what is going on.
- Delivery of the pictures taken is crucial: before midnight of the day of the shoot is the main rule but you should see if something else is specified in the guidelines.
- Always respect the naming (subject photographed) and the format (JPG) for your pictures. For example, if you shot in a restaurant, make sure you have the exact name of the dishes you photographed and name your pictures accordingly.
We hope this gave you the right tools to reach the (five) stars!