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virtual tour company postcardThis month RPM is giving you a very nice postcard to send out expressing your authority as a professional photographer and a property marketing expert!  The front side is fully customizable and has images from BlueLaVaMedia already in it for you to use copyright free for your RTV virtual tour business.  Feel free to replace these images with those of your own if you wish.  

The back side of the postcard neatly lists out some of your favorite and most powerful property marketing services.  You’re also able to easily edit and customize the back of this marketing piece so be sure to do so immediately after you download it from RPM.  

As of late we’ve been making all of our RPM marketing pieces using Photoshop. You’ll need Photoshop CC or another compatible version of Photoshop to fully customize this marketing piece.  If you need a legacy version of this saved please email jstring@realtourvision.com and we’ll accommodate your needs once your RPM membership is confirmed.

virtual tour company offeringsThanks for your continued support and please realize the importance of steady and continual marketing to both your customers and prospects.  It has worked well for the leaders of the RTV network and will do the same for you too!  

If you are not currently a RockPointe Marketing member and would like to learn more please visit http://rockpointemarketing.com/ . As a paid subscriber you will have access to tons of useful information including many webinars covering a multitude of topics, customizable marketing pieces and much more.

Sincerely,

RTV Marketing Team

RTV, Inc

www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

 

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Photoshop Photographer TrainingThe are many different routes to take when editing photos for your virtual tour company. When editing HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, there are many programs that can be used to automate the blending of your exposures for you, but do the results give you the best possible final image?

While I have used many options to process multiple exposure into a single image that shows detail across the entire dynamic range, I hands down prefer the results I can achieve with hand blending in Photoshop. I have found this method produces the most natural looking, realistic photographs.

Sure using Photomatix, SNS or one of the many HDR programs will speed up the workflow which as a virtual tour provider is EXTREMELY important, but at the end of the day, the quality of the images suffer. If I am going to put my name on the work I expect it to be the highest quality I can possibly produce. These programs often produce results that appear muddy and unappealing. Unexpected color shifts are also common and difficult to control.

I understand from a photographer’s perspective that hand-blending images is not for all situations. If you have multiple real estate virtual tour jobs to edit in a day, and customers who demand quick turnaround, this may not be the best editing system for you. Hand blending requires a greater time investment. When this is the case there are programs that provide a good balance between time input and quality output worth using; as long as the outcome meets your client’s requirements. Keep in mind that higher quality imagery will attract clients who are willing to pay for better quality. You may just find that you have less work, but you are able to make the same amount of income or more.

In this Webinar I will show you how to edit images in Photoshop using Adobe Camera Raw to make basic edits of the images, and then open them into Photoshop as layers. I will demonstrate how to take advantage of layer masks to reveal details in shadows from my overexposed images and bring back detail in the blown out highlights to make an equally balanced photo. Once you have begun to master this technique I believe you will find it your go to method of editing for higher end clientele.

I will also show you how to create basic presets in Adobe Bridge, that you can use on any photo project. I will also go over creating keyboard shortcuts, that will help make the process easier, once you get the hang of this technique.

This webinar will be best for those who understand Photoshop, but if you are new to the program don’t despair. There are many resources such as YouTube and Lynda.com (which offers a free 7 day trial) that you can learn from. Stick to it and you will be a Photoshop pro before you know it!

We hope you can join Jay and I Tuesday Sept 27th at 7:00 pm.

Register now in your RTV Virtual Tour Manager!

 

Beth Nixon

Lead Processor, RTV Inc

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Hello RTV fans and family! We wanted to follow up with you after our webinar event last week. We have posted a recording of the show here https://youtu.be/zRsB1PHw7CQ  and will leave it posted there for a couple of weeks as an unlisted link for those of you who missed the live event.

If you would like to work on getting your 107 drone endorsement you can do so by visiting the following page – http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/rtv    I believe that Alan Perlman will be leaving the $50 off his course active for two more weeks for us so make sure you take advantage of that soon if you’re interested.

I do recommend that you watch the show above as we disclose a TON of information during the show that will be very helpful for you throughout the entire process.

Finally, I would highly recommend that you get on Alan’s dashboard / email list as he’s sending out weekly emails like the one I’ve pasted into this email to you below.  Some very helpful tips and tricks that are tailored specifically for drone operators of all skill sets are included. You can sign up for his emails here – http://uavcoach.com/

What I really liked about his email today was that it helps you get started VERY affordably. I mentioned during our last show that RTV has begun bidding on national accounts that include drone photography so WE REALLY WANT YOU ALL IN THE AIR ASAP!!   Make sense?

Thanks for your support and happy / safe flying everyone!

Sincerely,

Jason

Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools

 
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Alan’s email from earlier today –

Hey,

If you’ve never flown a drone before, there’s a little secret I should let you in on.
You will crash.

There’s no avoiding it. Your hardware will fail. Your software might go wonky. You’ll run into a situation you’ve never encountered before.
It doesn’t matter how strong of a pilot you think you are.

One of these things will happen.

Aside from adopting a pilot mindset and taking the time to properly train, one thing you can do to save a little pride is to buy a cheaper, more affordable training drone.
None of these systems will break the bank, so they’re great for training.

These models also have some of the most advanced features in the sub-$150 price range.

Check out 17 of the best cheap training drones here – http://uavcoach.com/cheap-drones-for-beginners/

Don’t forget to check out the list of specs and features below each one.

Blue skies and safe flying,

Alan Perlman

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