Blog Tag: 360 virtual tour

Finding the Best Virtual Tour Company

Finding this virtual tour company has been a god-send! From my first call to the company they did an amazing job! They offered me support and personal interest that removed all doubts and got me on-board with confidence!

My first training session with Ryan was amazing! He was clear, concise, organized and kind! After just 2 hours of training – I am going to attempt to create my first 360 virtual tour using RTV’s platform! The virtual tour building instructions are extremely well written and intuitive.

I am so excited to be on this path that a year ago I didn’t even know was a possibility! Being able to create 360 degree guided tours for any and all types of business has unlimited income potential.

Thank you RTV!

Janis Schwartz
Janis Schwartz Photography, LLC
Kansas City Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour – 913-461-9179

Real Estate Photography Tips

Taking professional looking real estate photography is important when creating a visually stunning 360 virtual tour. If you are a beginner with photography and camera equipment, then you may not be familiar with lighting and how to capture it the right way. Lighting plays a major role to capture colors as well as to reveal form and texture within an image. Following the correct guidelines and remembering these tips will help you learn more about lighting and how to create beautiful photos.

–    Examine different source of light (such as natural). Understand the characteristics of light and notice the hardness, softness, direction, and visible colors. Hard light (direct light) produces vivid colors that stand out and creates stronger shadows. Soft light (diffused) will produce more pastel tones and softens details within a photo.

–    Pay attention to the colors shown in your photos. Colors tend to set a certain mood for the person who is viewing them. Shooting photos at different times throughout the day will allow you to capture different tones, colors, and light effects. (Taking photographs during the early morning hours can capture great tones). The sun brings out blue hues in the morning hours and creates a crisp effect. Closer to noon or later, you will find softer colors and diffused light which will create a natural effect.

–    Do not over use your flash because the photos will become too bright and shadows will be extremely harsh.

–    Test out different angles to play with the lighting that is being captured so that you reduce heavy shadows.

–    When shooting interior photos, make sure that you have enough lighting from lamps, overhead lights, windows, etc. Do not allow too much light in your interior shots because the details can easily be lost. (Shooting in the dark with heavy flash is usually NOT the best idea).

–    Photography is an art and lighting makes up a huge part of it. Practice and try different environments until you are familiar with the types of light sources and the effects they produce.
Follow these tips and you should be able to produce great stills and panoramic photography for your virtual tour!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Real Estate Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687

Preparing For a 360 Home Tour

Preparing your own home to begin with 360 virtual tour demands time, extra effort, thorough analysis and sometimes cash in order to end up with a virtual tour that will actually offer you potential buyers. A virtual tour of your home will perform an indispensable role when marketing your property online. There are quite a few ways you can make every corner of your house shine on camera and stand out on each shot.

Start off with the front and back exteriors. Trim all of the shrubs, mow the lawn and keep away unnecessary things in the garden like water hose or whatever gardening tools. Take into consideration adding plants that bear colorful flowers. They will add an extra factor on the exterior virtual tour shot. Removing trees dry stems and leaves is going to make the surrounding look more pleasant, lighter and spacious. Keep your driveway and entry way free from clutter. This part of the house should give a whole new and inviting impression.

The next stop in getting ready for your virtual tour is going to be the living room. Make certain that things are in its proper place. Move away excess furniture and decorations. Doing it will assist you to build a refreshing ambiance and have an open and clean space creating the living area look bigger. Tidy up the shelves, clean off dust on tables and on every fixture inside the room. If at all possible, add paintings somewhere on a wall with light and lively colors soothing to the eyes. Finally, replace worn out light bulbs in this part of the house to give it full exposure. Additionally, good source of light will do a whole lot of help through the photo session.

The kitchen ought to be equally clean just like the living room. Wash off dust on every counter-top. Make every corner sparkle. Be crafty with some more kitchen stuffs; keep it in order and in a nice way. Pay attention up to the smallest details such as freeing the sink from dirty dishes, keeping the trash empty and cleaning off spots of food and sauce on the floor.

Every bath room inside the house ought to be kept tidy. Thoroughly clean the mirrors and glass surfaces. Towels should be placed neatly on the towel bar. Keep away stuff that mustn’t be in the bath area. Close the toilet lid and empty the garbage.

Generally, getting your home all set for a virtual tour may somehow seem stressful. Looking for what really needs the repair, what should be withdrawn or what could be added and every other things that require your attention to make every corner of the house shine on every shot. Being creative in staging your property will allow you to have a virtual tour that will make potential buyers consider your property.

The Perfect Real Estate Photo

Who says, there’s no such thing as “perfect thing “? In real estate world, property photos that enable the property to get sold are what you called perfect photo.  A properly presented photo will certainly entice any possible buyer to visit the exact location and may even end up closing the deal for the particular property. In order to produce such images, there are lots of things to consider such as, the camera’s megapixel count, lens, resolution and its sensitivity of low light. It is essential that a specific gadget will be able to crop up an ideal image of the property even when light source is not sufficient.

During daytime is the most ideal time to take a photo and create a 360 virtual tour of a certain property. The best source of light that directly hits the subject is the sun, specifically when taking photos of the front area of the house; sunlight gives the best color saturation in the image and panorama. While when taking pictures for your virtual tour of the different rooms and other areas of the property, it is advisable to open all possible light entry so that the camera will be able to catch every little detail of each rooms. Avoid using direct flash on interior shots to keep off from unwanted images within the photo. Adjust for even lights within the specific area to avoid too dark or too bright areas. When shooting and the room looks dark, it is better to turn on all the existing light in the room to create a positive effect on the image.

There could be no better light like the sunlight; its natural effect adds a positive impression on the image. A lot of technique can be done with adjusting, adding and even light minimizing; it all basically depends on what kind of result you want for your real estate virtual tour and photo shoot.

Appropriate lighting is really important in taking real estate photos. This will maximize the selling value of the property on the market. The idea will be much easier and possible when you understand light’s use and its sources.

An Adventurous Virtual Tour Provider

I’ve always been one to try adventurous new things.  I’ve taken lessons to fly a helicopter, followed a mysterious, mumbling Chinese woman into a dark New York apartment because I thought she said she had a good deal on a knock-off watch and against all advice and common sense, even rented a car in Rome.  Why was Traverse City, Michigan so nerve-racking?

It had only been 6 months since I first spoke to RTV. At that time, I would have sworn the conversation was about his Christmas plans and the weather here in Tulsa, but after hanging up, I realized that I had just become a RTV and started offering vacation rental photography too. Now, I was on my way to RTV’s 2012 virtual tour provider convention.  I imagined a tight-knit group of virtual tour jockeys and photography nerds with cameras dangling from their necks. They would be bursting into laughter at geeky photography jokes with punch lines like, “… not with THAT spherical aberration, I won’t!” Would I be expected to prove my skills at shooting a 360 virtual tour?  Would I be laughed out of the building because I have the wrong lens? My fear and anxiety grew as the plane got closer.

I walked into the conference room the first morning and found a seat. As the session was about to start,the man next to me made a funny comment in a strong New York accent.  I laughed and he introduced himself as Dale.  I knew that I had at least one friend in the room.  Over the course of the weekend, my adventurous nature came back. I made a point of introducing myself to the amazing and patient Ben, who never once said, “Would you PLEASE stop calling and emailing me with questions!?” like I’d imagined he would.  At the awards banquet, I stalked Jason until he finally got tired of the woman stalking him and got a free moment.When I took the chance to say hello, he actually remembered who I was and where I was from.  (I choose to believe it’s because I’ve totally impressed him, not because I’ve got a memorable last name and bother him with lots of e-mails.)  On Saturday evening, I stepped out of my shy comfort zone and joined the “cool kids” at Zaiky’s.  Had I not gone, I would have missed the opportunity to sit across from Jessica – one of the most talented and lovely women I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.  In fact, she was so captivating, I hardly noticed the disgruntled Middle Eastern man throwing a phone at his customers. 

My flight home was cancelled and I had to spend an extra day in Traverse City; but I was okay with that. I took a long walk through the pretty downtown area, my mind filled with new information and great ideas on how to build my virtual tour business and make it successful.  I also thought about my fellow RTV providers and how generous they had been with their advice, help and patience with the newbies. 

I’ve started another new adventure and the old saying is true, “it’s the journey, not the destination that’s important.” Because of my previous journeys, I can now hover in a helicopter, miss appointments because my crappy knock-off watch stopped running and I’ve had the most wonderful Italian meal at a tiny place I’d never have found had I not gotten lost driving in Rome. And no matter where my virtual tour business ends up, I’ll always remember that the first leg of this journey began in Traverse City, Michigan.


Jeanine Persichini
Tulsa Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour: 214-566-5916