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The Lightroom Class From The 2015 Convention Series Is Now Available

Lightroom is one of the most powerful tools in a virtual tour photographer’s bag of tricks. The question is are you getting the most out of Lightroom? 

Beth Nixon, RTV’s Lead Digital Imaging Specialist taught this informative class at our 2015 virtual tour provider convention in Orlando, Florida. From the feedback, we have heard she did a great job. We can’t speak highly enough about Beth’s photo editing skills. Her title is well earned, and she is a wealth of knowledge.

We have recreated the class she taught at the virtual tour provider convention into this informative webinar available for all RTV RPM members. You will learn powerful ways to create collections and use keywords to help organize your files. She also shares her workflow as she works through the development module within Lightroom all the way to the finishing touches in Photoshop. There is something to learn from this class whether you are new to the Adobe photography suite or a long time user.

If you aren’t a RPM member yet we hope you will consider joining. There are countless hours of classes covering professional photography, virtual tour photography, post processing to marketing and much more. You will also have access to a large collection of virtual tour related marketing materials you are welcome to download and customize for your own virtual tour business.

As always we hope you enjoy this webinar. If you have suggestions for future classes or would be interested in co-hosting a show please let us know.  We’ll be posting the 2015 RTV Convention Green Screen class here real soon so make sure you’re on the lookout for that show!!

Finally, Please keep an eye out for our up and coming Tour Track 2016 webinar that we have teed up for next week.

Thank you again for all you do!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687

 


New From RPM – Virtual Tour Affiliate Marketing Flier

Virtual Tour Affiliate MarketingThis month’s Virtual Tour Marketing  piece was contributed by Mike Stolte a fellow RTV virtual tour provider from the Houston, TX market. Mike Stolte attended The FORMULA 75 and was blown away by a potential new income stream that had been right in front of him for years and had gone unnoticed.

After watching the show, Mike created this unique single sided flyer that any RTV provider can easily use to assist with selling ads on tours. Fusion’s powerful affiliate ad marketing engine is capable of displaying several ads on your virtual tours in the lower left corner, and rotating them at any desired time interval. The images are clickable and take tour visitors directly to the advertisers website. Your paying advertisers will know that they’re getting visits, clicks, impressions and eyeballs on their ads the Fusion Affiliate Marketing system will send out a nice report that is similar to a virtual tour traffic report every week to advertisers showing how well their ads are performing.

We recommend that every RTV tour provider minimally advertise their photography business on their virtual tours and this practice is discussed heavily during the show. On the show, we also talk about recommended advertisers as well as potential sales scenarios.

We encourage that you watch The FORMULA 75 before attempting to sell ads on your tours and utilize this marketing piece.

As part of a continued effort to create the highest quality marketing pieces, we have created this in Adobe Photoshop, utilizing layers. This allows greater flexibility for the photographer. All of the flier colors, information and photos are completely customizable using a program that almost all photographers currently use.

Thanks for your support!

Team RTV


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RTV’s Tour Track national photography service had a banner 2015. We were able to assign hundreds of jobs to our photography network and 2016 is already off to a great start.

We are excited to announce there are some changes coming to how we will ask our photographers to complete and deliver their orders. Many of our photographers have already completed shoots using our new shoot & deliver method. If you haven’t received one of these jobs yet, your next order will likely be a bit different than how you have operated before.

Our aim is to provide a more consistent quality and look to our national clients. As you know, if you give 100 photographers a subject to shoot you will get 100 different results. The same is true for post processing methods. 

Our new photography workflow will not only help us achieve a consistent product, but it will save our photographers a lot of time in post processing. Our hope is that our photographers will have more time to spend working on their own photography businesses as well as spending time with family.  In many cases they will be receiving higher payments for less work as well!

More pay for less work? Sign me up!

On Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 pm we will be hosting a webinar to discuss all of the exciting new changes and what they mean to you. Whether you are a Tour Track veteran or have never picked up a photography job from RTV you will want to be sure to join us. You will learn how the new process works and if you haven’t been a part of Tour Track you will learn how you can be assigned paid photography assignments as well.

Be sure to sign up right away. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to sign up for our live webinar Tuesday, March 1st.


Editing a photo in post-production with virtual staging

Virtual Staging Software ExampleAs a real estate photographer in Albuquerque I sometimes shoot out of town up in the Sandia mountain range. This was a listing the agent had not seen before I shot it and the window curtains had not been hung correctly. Of course neither the realtor nor home owner were there and I hiked over 2’ of snow.

I proceeded with the photography shoot and got the dreaded email from the broker saying that she wished the curtains had been different. This would have been a 3 hour fix dealing with the drive, shoot and post. (more…)


Loads of New Furniture Added to RTV Virtual Staging Software

The delivery truck has arrived and RTV’s Do-It-Yourself virtual house staging just got a very nice overhaul with a full load of new digitized furniture for you to use to “Virtually Stage” your rooms! DIY virtual staging technology is gaining traction in the real estate industry as broker’s look to technology to win listings. Furniture companies are beginning to make 3D samples on their sites. They generally show 3-4 views of a piece of furniture. Companies that have the software to sample and  complete the views can create a true 3D piece that can be rotated 360 degrees. Then lighting and shadows are added to give the furniture a realistic look.

What remains is the need for a platform that can straighten, calibrate rooms, position and rotate furniture within a picture. All this technical background on how virtual staging is just to give you a glimpse behind the scenes. Until recently the 3D models available on-line were limited sometimes to unrealistic looking furniture. That is all about to change!

Here at RTV, we will be adding 100’s of pieces of new digitized furniture over the next months to our powerful virtual staging software platform. We have already released many new pieces this week in several categories. Please let us know if there are specific categories or styles of furniture pieces that you would like to have added. As we are able to locate them from 3D online stores we will be adding them to the RTV Stager.

For those of you that don’t have your virtual staging account opened up yet, or if you have not visited the site in awhile please take a moment now to check it out today!

Go ahead and create your best staging job to submit here: https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/#houses

Happy Staging!

Jim
RTV Staging Team
866-947-8687

www.RealTourVision.com