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Through The Lens 3 – How To Blend Multiple Images For High End Results

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


107 Commercial Drone Endorsement – RTV Webinar Follow up

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


Virtual Tour Technology Update & Image Quality Improvements

RTV virtual tour software company is pleased to announce that as of 8/9/16 we have launched new code that drastically increases the image quality settings of still images throughout the entire RTV system. 

While the release of the new Fusion system is still being programmed we were able to take some of the pieces and easily place them into the existing Fusion virtual tour system.  This update is one of many new updates that we will be releasing this summer to the existing system before the launch of the new Fusion system. 

We highly encourage all of you to review the changes below and please report back to us with your thoughts.  Please keep in mind that these changes will ONLY apply to NEW virtual tours and the images that you upload to the system. You may notice a slight increase in the processing time after you have uploaded your images. This is a very minor increase and the results are definitely worth the trade off. Be sure that you base all feedback on new tours that you create. We’re quite confident that you like what we’ve got in store for you!

Here’s a short summary of the many areas of Fusion that are impacted by today’s update:

Image & Tour Thumbnails – You will quickly see that all of the virtual tour thumbnails throughout the entire system are much cleaner, easier to see, sharper and overall just MUCH better.  You will quickly notice this when you’re sorting your scenes, looking at your RSS feeds, viewing images from within your virtual tour gallery or maps and any other areas in the system that use smaller versions of your uploaded images. This will also apply to the thumbnails on the Fusion Experience player within the carousel. Overall all thumbnails in the system now look awesome!

Image Delivery Engine – The Fusion Image Delivery Engine (https://gyazo.com/3cb58c2ed25277b3b83be400b75de312) has also been given a very nice upgrade.  For those of you that were using third party services to send your high resolution images to your customers, we encourage you to test out the newly improved images from our Image Delivery Engine on your next order.  We’ve given you 300 DPI quality and we’re confident that you will not see any loss in quality form what you upload to Fusion to what you’re delivering to your customer.  We’re giving you the very same quality settings that we use when we deliver images to our national photography accounts. 


Fusion Virtual Tours – The images within the Fusion virtual tours will be noticeably cleaner and sharper.  You will also be happy to know that we were able to keep the overall size (MB) of the files the same and often smaller than what they were before so our overall file size has not increased at all with this increase in quality!


All Other Images – Any other places that are not listed above that display a resized image from Fusion such as your Single Property Website, your E-Brochure, Agent or Broker Gallery pages will all be positively impacted by this update to our system. 

What about Fusion Flyers?
OK great question and we knew that you were searching for that!  Tom is very close to updating that part of the code too that will give you higher quality images for your printable flyers. We currently expect this to come within a week or so.  Get ready for GREATLY improved printable flyers from Fusion real soon!!


What’s the update on the new Fusion player?
Glad you asked!  We’re VERY close to giving all of our customers a new end user experience like never before, across all devices.  RTV is moving to one player VS having a separate player for mobile and desktop.  The Fusion Virtual Tour experience will be consistent from desktop to mobile devices.

Get ready for:
• A completely identical experience from desktop to mobile
• Audio & Narrations on mobile
• Floor Plans on mobile
• Hot Spots on mobile
• Lead Capture on mobile
• Affiliates on Mobile
• Faster Mobile and Desktop Virtual Tour Load Time (A LOT FASTER)
• Seamless 3rd Party Embed function for YouTube, Vimeo, MatterPort (No More Pop Up)

We’ll be keeping you posted as we progress on this front team!!  We know you’ll love it. 

When will the new Fusion system be out?
That’s actually a very tough question to answer.  We’re allocating more resources towards the rewrite of Fusion 2.0 than we did for Fusion’s original programming endeavor. We now have two fulltime (in-house) engineers working on Fusion in addition to the efforts of Tom and his team to help bring this puppy to close.  We are anticipating a release sometime early next year.  The good news is that Tom and Ken have done a great job growing and stabilizing the system.  They’ve increased overall speed of the system and when this is done we’ll have a very stable virtual tour hosting platform from which we can continue to build off of.

In Summary:
There’s a LOT going on over here and we appreciate all of your continued support and dedication to our brand.  Please keep sending your suggestions and ideas! We can’t promise we will be able to make them all happen, but we are always looking for new ideas to help us offer the most feature rich virtual tour platform on the market.

 

Sincerely,

Team RTV
Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


New Fusion Agent Training Video

There are many of you that use RTV’s Private Labeled Login feature with your virtual tour photography customers so they can login, make price changes, create flyers, manage virtual tours, place new orders and more.  This increased use of our private labeled login feature has been stirring up several inquiries for RTV to provide a training video for YOUR customers.  A video that is created in such a way that it provides quality training without driving any attention away from your brand.  

We’re pleased to announce that we have created just such a training tool for you to use with your customers.  You may embed the video onto your website, or if you prefer you can download the video from this page and upload it to your own YouTube account for embedding.   

Thank you all for your continued support and we hope this video helps you make your job easier!

Fusion Agent Training Video

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools

866-947-8687


Aerial Drone Agent Listing Presentation

How are you marketing your new aerial drone service? Have you ever thought of giving your customers printable inserts for their listing presentations? We have taken our ‘Section 333 FAA Approved’ piece and reworked the text on it so you can GIVE it to your customers to add to their listing presentations.

Simply swap out your info and you’re ready to go. You can print and hand out to your best virtual tour customers or better yet you can give them a link and let them do the printing on their side. Upload to your website and share the link that way, or simply use a third party service such as HighTail or DropBox to distribute the large printable flyer to your clients for printing.

Watch your aerial drone sales soar as your customers start adding your unique service into their listing presentations to gain an edge over the other agents not offering your drone service.

Login to your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account now and download this marketing piece. 

Sincerely,

 

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Powerful Property Marketing Tools

Order a virtual tour today – 866-947-8687