Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New RTV Photography Director & Tour Track Policy Changes

In April of 2014 RTV recruited Elizabeth Tiffany (Liz) as RTV's new photography director. Liz comes to RTV with a professional photography degree and seven years of experience in sales and business management.  Over the last several months Liz has been overhauling and reorganizing the Fusion Tour Track system to handle thousands of orders a month versus hundreds of orders.  This includes the rewriting of all photographer instructions and style guides for each RTV national account in a much more logical manner, developing RTV's new upper tier professional photography program, and implementing new Tour Track guidelines and policies.

As you can imagine this has been an incredible undertaking for Liz and the entire Tour Track team. These are all vital steps that Liz and her team are taking to make things easier and more efficient for our virtual tour photographers and national accounts.

The following are a few things that you will notice right away and should be aware of as new Tour Track jobs are assigned to you:

First of all you will notice that Tour Track instructions are broken down on a per-package basis and can be found under the "View Notes" section of your order.  Please make sure you check here for your updated instructions.

Next you will see in your instructions that we have increased mileage payouts to .56 / Mile. If you require mileage in order to accept an order YOU MUST ASK FOR IT PRIOR TO ACCEPTING THE ORDER. Mileage will NOT be paid out unless you ask for it BEFORE accepting the order.  The RTV Tour Track team will always strive to choose virtual tour providers that do not require mileage and qualify for the shoot over those who qualify and ask for mileage so make sure you're staying competitive, or jobs will pass you by.

RTV has made a new policy that will give you TWO (2) attempts to successfully complete a Tour Track job.  If you do not successfully complete the job after two attempts RTV will appoint another photographer and you will not receive payment for that job. You will notice too that the Tour Track team will be doing a MUCH better job detailing out comments as you complete each job.  Training classes will be given to those that need extra help by RTV's on staff photography trainer.

Effective immediately, you will begin to notice slightly higher payouts on some accounts. As RTV's Tour Track  contracts expire, the National Sales department will begin stepping clients into higher priced virtual tour and photography packages. Higher payout of course comes with more expectations from our photographers such as an increased image quality, a mandate on bracketed shots, no window blowout, and making sure all Tour Track instructions are carefully followed.
 
On that note, we will be announcing a fee schedule that will be included in our Tour Track Guidelines PDF.  This is a fee schedule that RTV will use to charge back to photographers should they not follow Tour Track instructions. Often when Tour Track instructions are not followed, RTV must put in extra time and effort to properly complete the job. Fees will be charged on a variety of items including, but not limited to, naming images, having to rebuild a virtual tour, image stitching, HDR processing, organizing photos, and fixing overexposed windows.  Please keep an eye out for the fee schedule in our up and coming Tour Track Guidelines PDF.

Finally, and most importantly, Liz and the Tour Track team would like you to take this opportunity to update your Tour Track section in the http://manage.realtourvision.com.  Pay close attention to each switch on the Tour Track profile.  Be honest, and only choose the switches that apply to your abilities and hardware.  Please pay special attention to the mileage section.  The mileage here indicates the round trip distance that you are willing to travel before you would charge for mileage.  This section gives RTV a good idea as to how far we can send you.  Remember that whenever possible RTV will use the closest qualified virtual tour provider as to avoid paying out mileage. When mileage is continually paid out in an area, that area becomes a HOLE in the RTV network. That's when we begin looking for a provider to cover an area.

Don't forget to update your virtual tour gallery within your Fusion virtual tour software system!  Your virtual tour gallery posted on your tour track setup page is our only way of knowing what you're capable of.  Below are a couple of sample virtual tour gallery tours that you can use as a model to create your own.  Once your gallery tour has been completed you can use a virtual tour credit and make the tour active for marketing purposes, or you're free to leave the gallery tour inactive and simply used as a Tour Track Gallery Tour.

http://tours.bluelavamedia.com/84787

http://tours.bluelavamedia.com/11425

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Team RTV
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Services
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fusion 2.0 is Coming Soon - RTV Virtual Tour Software

RTV is soon to launch the second version of our powerful Fusion virtual tour software system.  The new system will have the same look and feel, the same layouts, and the same features that you have come to love, but will be built on a stronger and even faster platform.

The newly improved system is being built with server to server efficiency, unlimited growth potential, and extreme stability in mind.  Any feature that is currently not working as perfectly as it was intended to during Phase One and Two of our launch, will be improved once the new system is taken live.  Since October of 2013, we have been working on laying these new pieces of Fusion into place. 

Once the new virtual tour system is fully integrated, RTV will begin coding Phase Three of our Fusion development plan. Get ready virtual tour providers!!  The current system has been unbelievably successful. This Summer we have seen our customers literally double or triple their virtual tour and photography business using the Fusion platform.   We feel confident that the new system will deliver the same results, and insure sustainable growth for thousands of virtual tour providers and professional photographers worldwide.  

Phase Three of our development plan will include several new features, new templates and layouts to choose from, improved workflow, and the implementation of several new ideas and suggestions that we have acquired from our top producing virtual tour providers during private webinar sessions held throughout the long winter.

Since 1999 RTV has released five versions of our virtual tour software. We’ve brought on and trained thousands of professional photographers.  We continue to add new national accounts to feed the network every month, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down.  As mentioned during our 2014 Virtual Tour Provider Convention, we have incredible ‘momentum’ right now. RTV has always, and will continue to remain committed to you, our loyal followers, to keep our virtual tour technology at the forefront of the industry. We will never slow down.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our brand. 

Login to your Fusion account today and create the world’s finest interactive virtual media presentations - http://manage.realtourvision.com/

Sincerely,









Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
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Monday, July 14, 2014

The IMAGE 52 – RTV 2014 Convention Recap

If you missed the 2014 RTV Virtual Tour Provider Convention this year make sure you attend this webinar! The theme for the 2014 RTV Convention was MOMENTUM and let me tell you that is exactly what we experienced.

Jason LaVanture, Vice President of RTV, Inc. and the MOMENTUM behind RTV, shared information about all the new up and coming opportunities for RTV virtual tour providers with new National Photography Service Accounts.

We will recap this information to make sure that you have the 411 on all the great new opportunities that will be available to you as an RTV Tour Provider.The RTV Convention offers classes focused exclusively on the Virtual Tour industry to help you with training you can't get anywhere else on topics that will help you grow your virtual tour business.

Some of the classes this year presented some additional services you could use to increase your revenue. It is these additional services that we will focus on for the remainder of this webinar. For each of these additional services that were presented at the convention we will cover best practices for adding these services, tips and tricks to save you time and/or money, and how to be efficient with these additional services.

The bottom line is we will give you the information you need to plan ahead for new business opportunities from RTV and additional services that will help you make more money with your virtual tour business.

Join me, Ben Knorr, your IMAGE webinar host, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 for the IMAGE 53 - Convention Recap. You won't want to miss it!

Register Now - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7238021633658908162





RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training 





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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Big Things To Come From RTV!

Good afternoon team RTV! We at RTV virtual tour software company sincerely hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far.  By the looks of the vast amounts of virtual tour productions coming through the system we know you're all certainly very busy. While it has been awhile since our last update to you, please rest assured that we’ve been very busy on several fronts. 

Since the 2014 virtual tour provider convention in April, we’ve been reorganizing, staffing up, moving into a larger office location, starting to wrap up the reprogramming of the Fusion system, and finally, we’ve been getting things ramped up to take RTV to the next level.

Over the next two weeks we will be sending you a series of important messages regarding the important updates and changes we’ve been making.  We HIGHLY recommend that you read these messages as they come in, as they will contain several months’ worth of important updates.

Please be on the lookout for updates on the following topics:

•    RTV appoints new Photography Director, Elizabeth Tiffany

•    Introducing New RTV team members

•    RTV wins 500+ Hotel Tour Track contract

•    Fusion 2.0 system rewrite to be deployed late August early September

•    RTV implements new Tour Track photography standards

•    RTV working with Google to help photograph several thousand hotels

•    New Tour Track guidelines and policies

•    RTV to launch ‘Upper Tier’ Tour Track program

•    2014 Virtual Tour Provider Convention Recap & 2015 Orlando Convention

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our product line!  Again please stay tuned for these updates as they begin hitting your inbox early next week.

Sincerely,

Jason



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Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Take Great Panoramic Shots


Panoramic images can really enhance your still photo tours or interactive virtual tours—and of course, the better the shot, the better the finished virtual tour. There are actually several ways you can take panoramic pictures. You may have the RTV virtual tour software system with Panohead and photo stitching software, you may have a camera with panoramic mode, or a ball attachment that lets you take 360-degree shots.

Whatever type of camera or method you use, here’s how to take terrific panoramic shots. You’ll need a tripod, a camera with panoramic mode or manual mode, and a regular (not wide-angle) lens—since wide angles create distortion at the edges of a photo.

Choose a time and place without motion
For the best results with panoramic photos, take pictures of the property or business at a time when there isn’t likely to be a lot of motion. Moving people, cars, and even trees blowing in the wind can be problematic for panoramic images, because movement creates blurring and places objects in different spots for subsequent pictures.

Setting up for the job
Use a level surface to mount your tripod, which should be sturdy enough so that it won’t be bumped or moved by the wind, or by you as you’re photographing. If you're in deep carpet take care not to step too close to the tripod legs. Begin taking your photos from left to right if you're using a panohead and if you're using an internal stitcher in your camera be sure to set the camera to panoramic mode. 

Once the camera is positioned, use a leveling tool to ensure that it’s perfectly horizontal. You can use an actual level, or download a free level app for your smartphone.

Taking the pictures
Snap the first shot from the camera’s position, and then move the camera smoothly to the next part of the scene using the tripod handle or panohead. Take care to avoid bumping or jostling the camera or tripod. If you are using panoramic mode on your camera be sure to go slowly and take pictures with some overlap between each shot. This not only keeps you from leaving out part of the scene, but also helps to prevent the distortion that can occur around the edges of the photos. If you're not using a rotator or panohead, begin each new shot with about 1/3 of the previous scene included.  If you are using a panohead simply take one photo at every click of the head to assure perfect accuracy. 

Completing your panoramic image
With panoramic mode, you won’t need to make any more adjustments—but you may want to take a second or third series of shots, so you can choose the best group for use in your virtual tour.
For regular images, you’ll need a software program that lets you stitch them together in a panorama, such as RTV’s Fusion HD+ or FusionMax X3. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more about this powerful virtual tour creation software.

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Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Get a Virtual Tour of your Real Estate Office!

Many real estate professionals love the additional visibility and customer engagement that detailed and stunning virtual tours can bring to their listings. But what about creating a virtual tour for your real estate office? You may not have considered this option, but there are several advantages to letting potential customers tour your real estate office online.

Help your customers feel comfortable
Many home buyers and other real estate customers, particularly first time buyers, are apprehensive about going into a real estate office. They might think they’ll be pushed toward a hard sell, or that they could get taken advantage of if they don’t know much about how real estate buying works.

A virtual tour can introduce potential customers to your office environment, and reassure them that they have nothing to fear. You can showcase your main office or reception area, as well as any agents’ offices, and even feature interviews with your agency staff members. This puts customers at ease and helps them feel like they know you before you ever meet.

Show off your tech savvy
There’s no escaping the fact that real estate involves paperwork. For this reason, some home buyers believe real estate offices haven’t entered the digital age yet, and they’re reluctant to deal with a more “traditional” setting.

Having a virtual tour of your real estate office shows that your agency is keeping up with the latest in technology. Any RTV virtual tour provider can even use their virtual tour software with an integrated area map that can include links to your various online listings. The possibilities are endless with your office virtual tour.

Preparing for your real estate office virtual tour
With any virtual tour for a property, you’ll want your real estate office looking great for photographing and filming. Use the same home staging tips you’d employ for your properties to set up your real estate office for a successful virtual tour.

Of course, you’ll want to show potential customers all of your main areas and individual offices. You can also offer “behind the scenes” looks at your working areas, include photos or footage of the surrounding community, and much more.

Virtual tours are a great way to bring more customers in to your real estate office, whether they’re buying or selling a property. If you’re interested in having a virtual tour created for your office, contact RTV today to learn more about our services and we'll connect you with your local virtual tour provider. 


RTV, Inc
National Virtual Tour Service
www.realtourvision.com
Order a Virtual Tour - 866-947-8687
 






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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HD Video Virtual Tours are Here!

Front Door Photos now offers 2 kinds of video virtual tours!


1414 Waukazoo - Holland | Andrea Crossman




Click the image above for a sneak peak at our latest and greatest visual marketing efforts. After a few weeks of hard work, I'm thrilled to start offering these video tours to realtors and builders looking to take their marketing to a whole new level! Having trouble viewing the video? Click HERE to view it on the website. Here are the 2 video virtual tour options:
 
1) HD video virtual tour with aerial videography, 360-degree panoramas and still photos

A 60-second video comprised of aerial video, 360-degree panoramas and still photos branded with your logo and contact information. The HD video is delivered as an MP4 file and comes ready to be loaded to to YouTube. (Price $199)
 
2) Full HD video tour with aerial videography and interior video work (no still photos or panoramas)

A 90-second video comprised of aerial video, hand-held walk through video, and other professional video shots also branded with your logo and contact information. Narration/voice-over services are available with this video type as well. This professional HD video is also delivered as an MP4 file and comes ready to be loaded to YouTube. (Price $399)

It is my goal to offer the very best visual marketing solutions so please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Finally, THANK YOU for your continued support of Front Door Photos!

Best Regards,

  
Taylor Blom
Front Door Photos
Holland Virtual Tours
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Five Virtual Tour Tips

For real estate properties, the main goal of a virtual tour is to sell a home or business. And the better looking and more informative your virtual tour is, the easier it will be for the tour to do its job of selling a property.

Whether you’re a home seller or real estate agent using virtual tour software to market your property, or a virtual tour service provider looking for ways to improve your presentations, these tips will help you create stunning virtual tours that sell.

Vary your photo types
A virtual tour that simply shows room shot after room shot can be pretty boring. Instead, take multiple pictures of each room from different angles, with different zoom areas, and choose the best of those pictures to include in your virtual tour. You can even vary the number of photos used for each area—such as including several shots of the living room with fireplace, balcony, and cathedral ceilings, but only one or two of the standard-issue bedrooms.

Include surrounding amenities
While you’re taking pictures, don’t forget to snap some shots of the community and the best places in the neighborhood. People who are buying a new home or business want to know about the area they’ll be living in, and if you can show them it’s a great neighborhood, you’ll grab their interest.

Put your best foot forward
With a virtual tour, you don’t want to save the best for last. Begin by showing off the remodeled bathroom, or the gourmet kitchen—whatever features are most sellable. Another approach is to start the virtual tour sequence with the exterior and grounds, and then move to the most desirable features of the home or business.

Add extras to your virtual tour
Stunning photos and video are the heart of a virtual tour, but additional information can really sell a property. Don’t forget to add descriptive text to your images, and explain features that might not be immediately apparent from the image. You can also include a professional voiceover that delivers even more information to viewers.

Distribute your virtual tour widely
YouTube isn’t the only place to showcase virtual tours. The more people that see your virtual tour, the better your chances of selling—so make sure to post the final video to your own website, as well as Facebook, real estate sites like Trulia, and even Pinterest.

Remember, RTV’s virtual tour software kits make it easy to create stunning virtual tours with features like captions and image text, voiceovers, interactive floor plans, and more. Visit our website to learn more about our Fusion HD+ and Fusionmax X3 software, or how to start your own virtual tour business.

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Service
www.realtourvision.com
Order a Virtual Tour - 866-947-8687
 






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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Virtual Tours Sell Homes Faster!

Accents Virtual Tours has had the pleasure of working with a realtor located in Peachtree City, Georgia that has had great success with listing their properties and having an interactive virtual tour with their listing. 

The Tamara Bourne Team, agent for Keller Williams/Atlanta Partners has had these 3 properties under contract in less than 30 days, with two of these listings under contract less than 5 days.  These 3 homes were listed within a week from each other and each one “under contract”.

Accents Virtual Tours took a snapshot of this scene because it is a scene that one rarely sees, 3 homes in a row, same agent for all 3, and under contract at the same time. 
“Perfect World Picture”



With the support of RTV virtual tour software company, and all the unique digital marketing methods the company provides,  Accents Virtual Tours presentations handle all forms of media, are mobile ready and accessible all day, every day, worldwide!

Our exposure engine sends your listings to the most popular real estate portals.  Using our SpiderLink Technology, we make sure your listing ranks in the search engines on your property address. 

Our virtual tour traffic reports break down hits by day, month, quarter and year. See the number of times your virtual tour has been emailed, downloaded, shared on social sites, viewed on mobile phones and sent to friends.

Accents Virtual Tours goal is to provide Interactive exposure & professional photography for every listing. With 85% of home shoppers turning to the internet before they pick up the phone, it’s more important than ever to increase your reach,  online & deliver a lasting impression.

Visit tour samples at www.accentsvirtualtours.com

Brenda Stewart
Peachtree City Virtual Tours
http://www.accentsvirtualtours.com
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Contagious Selling

Charleston Virtual Tours Are Here! After months on the road for our national virtual tour company, we are finally getting to spend a week home and while we are here, we are going to have a chance to work with two new Realtors with our Quincy, IL virtual tour company.  I was just confirming details with one of them today and she explained why she chose us.  It seems that when we talked about working together, I told her that I was excited to be working with her.

If you know me, then that's not a big surprise.  In fact, I don't even remember saying it but it's certainly true.  We have such a passion for what we do and I get giddy when I get to introduce our virtual tour services to someone new.  We love that we get to make a living doing something we love but we also honestly believe that what we do makes a huge impact on the lives of the people we serve.

So many of our clients are repeat customers that we've done business with for years and while we value and appreciate that business, dealing with a new client re-invigorates and re-energizes me.  As I get to tell someone new about what we do and how we do it, I sell myself all over again!  In addition to offering spectacular photography, we also get to provide marketing assistance.  We aren't just in the home or business to take pictures for our virtual tour business but we are in the home to meet new people, make new connections and share our experience and insights.

So YES, I am excited about working with this new client to provide real estate virtual tours.  I am excited about getting to photograph a 7,500 square foot historic home in our beautiful home town of Quincy, IL.  I am excited that I get to work with my husband every single day.  I am excited that my mother in law does such a great job with our local real estate virtual tour business that we are able to travel all over the country doing what we love.

But mostly, I am excited that my passion for what we do is something that is contagious.  In fact, this client told me that the reason she referred me to a fellow realtor was because of that one statement, "I am excited to be working with you".  She said that she is going to start telling her clients those words because after all, what could be more exciting than getting to do something you love!

Greg and Paige Mitts
Charleston Virtual Tours
http://www.VisionQuestVirtualTours.com
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Alamo Area Virtual Tours Gives Curb Appeal!

Alamo Area Virtual Tours LLC, a San Antonio virtual tour provider provides internet curb appeal for real estate listings and business’s wishing to showcase their establishments. There are, of course, other companies out there that provide virtual tours and I must admit, some do a pretty decent job.

  Through RTV, we provide true and high quality Virtual Tours. We would be hard pressed to provide the platform that RTV has developed, but that in itself is not enough. Other platforms have good presentations as well. So, why do customers come to Alamo Area Virtual Tours LLC? 
I believe that we offer what the customer wants AND more! 

First and foremost, we do not purport to be photographers, we market ourselves as Marketing Partners. We use photography as our part of the marketing effort. I continually push the Marketing Partnership as our niche in their marketing program. They like and appreciate what I have to say concerning that. I tell them upfront that we are not JUST photographers that will take pictures, give the pictures to them and they are on their own. I also tell them that if they aren’t being seen in their best, then we aren’t doing our jobs and they don’t need us.

Second, I let them know about our SIGNATURE SHOTS. If you aren’t pushing your Signature Shots, you are missing out on a great marketing tool. Just the fact that you can discuss Signature Shots already sets you above the rest. How many tour providers have Signature Shots. We have at least four and we let our customers know what they are and why we take them.

1)    Elevated front shot.  We have a Dodge MegaCab and the first shot of the tour is from the back of the truck with the tripod set as high as possible. We used to take a pole shot, but that took too long to set up and the difference is not all that great. I would push a UAV shot these days as we have acquired a DJI Phantom with GoPro camera for those that need more height.

2)    Second Signature shot is from the front door open standing in the doorway, showing the view as you enter the house.

3)    Third Signature shot is from the kitchen sink looking out, if the view from it is pleasing, such as looking out to the backyard, or the living room, but not if the next door wall is your view. I ask the Realtor, who buys the house? 

4)    Next is the stairs. I take a shot of the stairs with wide angle showing the relationship of the stairs to the rooms upstairs as much as possible. This is a great point for separating the two story house. With the Ken Burns effect, starting at the bottom of the stairs, we move up the stairs into the second story. Great and helps in the ordering of pics in the Fusion Photo Manager.

5)    Another signature shot is the Laundry Room, or as corrected by one Realtor, the Utility Room. Again, who buys the house? 

Having Signature Shots is just another bit of marketing that will set you above your competition.
Alamo Area Virtual Tours LLC at www.alamoareavirtualtours.com serves the greater San Antonio metroplex and as far away as Eagle Pass (150 miles SW) Del Rio (150 W) and the Greater Canyon Lake area, including New Braunfels, as an independent agent with RTV, virtual tour software company.





San Antonio Virtual Tours

James F. Hoback
L'oeil L'Esprit (Mind's Eye)
www.AlamoAreaVirtualTours.com
Order a virtual tour: (210) 325-2675
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New June 2014 Virtual Tour Marketing Pieces

This June our virtual tour company marketing team has created two very special pieces for you to snag just in time to run a promotion and to also arm your real estate agents with a brand new home seller preparation sheet. 

Our Summer Lovin' Flyer is a single page double sided flyer and can be sent to your current customers or prospects via email or printed and dropped off.  We’ve added a new customer coupon in the lower right corner on the first page to grab their attention.  The back side of the flyer recaps some of your most powerful marketing tools and virtual tour offerings. 

Next you’re going to love giving your home seller prep sheet to your existing real estate customers so they can use during listing presentations and hand out to their home sellers.  This detailed prep sheet is sure to make your job easier when you arrive on-site on the day of the virtual tour shoot. 

Both marketing pieces have been made using Microsoft Publisher and are ready for you to customize to your liking. Enjoy the new marketing pieces and please be sure to send us your blog postings to showcase your Summer success with your virtual tour business

RTV, Inc
National Virtual Tour Service
www.realtourvision.com
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Add Stunning Night Shots to Virtual Tours

Night shots can be stunning additions to a virtual tour, especially if you’re creating 360 virtual tours for businesses like hotels, restaurants, lodges, or cruise ships (yes, even cruise ships can benefit from a virtual tour!).  Check out this amazing virtual tour production that includes night shots: http://fusion.realtourvision.com/22328

If you’ve tried taking pictures at night the same way you take them during the day, you might find that you get nothing but a black frame with a few points of light.

How do you take great pictures at night? These tips will help you enhance your virtual tour with stunning night photos.

Have a good camera and tripod
Most digital cameras today are pretty high quality, but in order to take great night pictures, you might need a little something extra. You won’t have to invest in a “specialty” night camera, but you will need one that allows you to control the settings for exposures and apertures (the size of the lens opening, which is measured in F-stop). In addition to a good camera, you’ll also need a tripod to take the best night shots.

Scout your location
Many businesses that look great at night are somewhat isolated, and don’t have enough “city glow” for a photo taken normally to turn out clearly at night. It’s a good idea to visit the area and figure out where you’ll take your pictures from during the day, so you know where you’re headed once it gets dark. This is also advisable for safety purposes.

Choose the right time
While it’s possible to take great night shots during full dark, your pictures can also look great if you take them at dawn or dusk—either just before the sun rises, or just after it sets. This is a very short time frame, so it can benefit you to visit the location in advance and decide exactly which shots you’ll want during that time.

Use long exposures
Setting your digital camera exposure for several seconds allows you to bring more light into the picture, even when it’s dark. For this reason, a tripod is an essential piece of equipment for great night photography, since it prevents the camera from shaking during the exposure.

Adjust the aperture accordingly
 Finally, use aperture size to capture great night shots. Opt for a smaller aperture when you’re taking a photo with a long exposure, and use a larger aperture for short exposure pictures taken when there’s a bit more light, such as at dusk or dawn.

Adding great night photography to your virtual tours can help you create stunning presentations that will impress your virtual tour clients—and their customers.



Real Tour Vision
Virtual Tour Software
www.realtourvision.com
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Front Door Photos Taking Off

1) Front Door Photos is taking to the sky

I'm thrilled to announce that our brand new Phantom 2 Vision quad copter arrived this past weekend! At 14 megapixels, this virtual tour camera will be able to shoot 1080p HD video and take dynamic still aerial photos as well. I'm pouring over the flying manual and will have a test video for you to check out shortly!

     **Please let me know if you are interested in pricing information or have any questions
 
2) Our professional real estate photography and virtual tour team is growing!!!

I'm also excited to let you know that our team is growing. Matt joins team FDP with 5+ years of professional photography experience and he will be out shooting full virtual tours of listings this summer. Toby is FDP's new marketing intern from Hope College and he will be handling the floor plan building and social media support. Be sure to say hello if you see them out and about!
 
3) As always...Thank you!

Front Door Photos wouldn't exist without you and it's been so great working with each and every one of you. It's my goal to provide you with the absolute best visual marketing support so please let me know if there is anything else I can do to better assist you.

     **Remember, every realtor you send my way for professional photos gets you 20% off your next shoot (and 20% off their first shoot as well)! Be sure to let me know who you refer.

Best Regards,

  
Taylor Blom
Front Door Photos
Holland Virtual Tours
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