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Assignments

How do I find out about new assignments and how do I apply?
You will be notified by email of any new available assignments, according to certain criteria (location of the property, photographer ratings, etc.). Several photographers may be notified about the same assignment; to reply, you must log into your OCUS account and confirm that you are interested in the assignment. Important: once a photographer has expressed interest, the assignment is no longer be available!

Is there a limit to the number of assignments I can take on?
The only limit is your availability, unless the team feels that your work does not meet the criteria specified in our guidelines.

Is the contract between OCUS and myself exclusive?
No, you are free to work wherever you wish, as long as it is not with our clients… but without us!

How do you rate photographers?
Our team of photographers reviews your application and gives you an initial rating. This is then adjusted as you take on assignments. This rating is based on the quality of your work as much as on your professionalism and punctuality.

Payment

How much do you pay? Are your prices exclusive or inclusive of tax?
Prices vary according to the package requested as well as any partnerships in place. All our prices are displayed excluding tax.

What are your payment terms?
Payments are made at the end of the month for services carried out during that period. Payment is made directly and easily via our dedicated interface (be sure to carefully follow the instructions on the “Payments and Invoices” tab).

How much can I hope to earn per month?
That depends on how many assignments you complete! Payments range from a few hundred to several thousand euros per month but it all depends on your motivation and skills.

I do not have a VAT number / I am not authorised to issue invoices. Is this a problem?
There are no problems, only solutions! All legal statuses are accepted providing you can issue invoices.

Skills

Is it necessary to have experience in real estate photography?
Ideally yes, but it’s not a deal-breaker! We receive a lot of applications, so we can only base our selection on what you provide (portfolio, CV, Tumblr and other 500px…). Only have a few, or no, real estate photos? No problem - take photos of your home and send us the images!

I am specialised in food/events photography/video (or other!). Will I get any OCUS assignments?
Absolutely! The assignments we offer can be very different from one to the next and we are always on the look-out for trustworthy partners in all areas.

Do you have to have studied photography to work with you?
Not necessarily, your talent is what matters to us!

I am Google Street View accredited, can I offer 360° tours?
OCUS is growing in a number of different areas, particularly 360° tours. Your expertise will be a real strength and you may find that you’re the only applicant for certain assignments!

I don’t have any post-production skills. Is that a problem?
No, our team deals with this to save you time! We simply ask that you make some basic adjustments.

Equipment

I use a compact camera. Is that a problem?
Yes, we require all photographers to shoot in RAW, particularly to retrieve high and low lights. You can use any camera which includes this format. Be aware though of your camera's sensor. If it is not full frame, remember to apply the reduction coefficient to your lenses so as to know their actual value.

I don’t have a wide-angle lens. Can I apply nonetheless?
We cannot give you any assignments if you do not have a minimum 18mm wide-angle lens (for full frame). Real estate photography, like architecture, cannot be completed without a wide-angle lens.

Can I use a lens smaller than 18mm?
Yes, you can go as low as 14mm but watch out for distortions!

I don’t have a tripod. Is this a problem?
Yes! No OCUS assignments without a tripod.

Technical

I only use a Fisheye "wide-angle" lens
This is certainly an interesting lens for photographing evenings with friends or kite-surfing competitions. However, we do not allow this lens at OCUS because it does not meet the high standards of real estate photography (except for 360° assignments).

I use HDR, is that an advantage?
We aren’t great advocates of HDR (very sharp contrasts, loss of realism). However, within the context of real estate photography, achieving high light for windows is essential; this technique can be used, provided you adopt a realistic approach.

I have a question that is not covered by these FAQs. What do I do next?
Contact our team at info@ocus.com or by phone at +32 2 588 03 08. We'd be happy to help!