Blog Tag: 360 virtual tours

HDR 2 The Training

HDR 2 The Training– June 24, 2009 at 7pm EST

The official photography webinar of RTV

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In April we held the IMAGE webinar about HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. We had a lot of great feedback from this webinar including a couple exciting success stories I just have to share.
Jim Blue with BlueLaVa Media got fired up about HDR photography as a result of the webinar. Jim practiced his HDR techniques and hit the streets armed with another tool that has made his business soar. His photography is now in demand all over his market. Currently he has 20 tours scheduled for this week alone and is now scheduling tours for a week and a half out. Jim has also just recently brought on 10 new clients as a result of his HDR photography and continues to get phone calls from new clients every day as a result of his HDR photography. See samples of his tours on
Mike Thompson with Real Vision Studio contracted with VFM Leonardo to shoot virtual tours of 3 hotels. Having attended the webinar about HDR he decided to develop his skills and use this photo technique for these hotel tours. The comments he received back from Leonardo regarding his photography were, “Some of the best photography we have ever seen” and “We have never seen color in our pictures like this before.” Mike asked them how they would rate his photography compared with other professional photographers and they said, “We would rank you at the top of the list.” Wow, what a compliment. See Samples Hotel HDR Samples

We believe that HDR is very important for you and we want to help you grow your business. The IMAGE webinar HDR 2 The Training will be a free training course for you to learn the simple techniques of producing HDR images so that you, like Jim and Mike, can get the customers demanding your virtual tour photography. Join us for an exciting evening of training as we teach you the simple steps to create HDR photography.

View from Above:

The IMAGE webinar from last week about aerial photography was a hit. Our guests Robert Wicker, Mike Willett, and Douglas Meyers presented us with several options for capturing elevated aerial photos that fit any budget. If you missed this webinar make sure that you watch the recorded version to see how you can add these unique shots to your arsenal of products to increase business and open up new opportunities. If you have any questions about the equipment presented in this webinar please contact me, Ben Knorr, at 866-947-8687 ext. 0684 or send an e-mail to

Custom Agent Gallery Pages From BlueLaVa

BlueLaVaMedia announces all new SEO Powered Tour Galleries:
All of our real estate virtual tour gallery pages have recently been Search Engine Optimized (SEO). The Realtor message that displays on our Advanced Hit Stats now also appears on our gallery page. If you are a BlueLaVa customer and currently don’t see a message appearing on your weekly hit reports PLEASE be sure to send us a message to be added to your profile so that it can be displayed on your gallery page for SEO purposes.

The message should be less than 500 characters and will help you with your overall online marketing goals by allowing search engines to index your virtual tour gallery and all of your tours. This is a great opportunity for you to promote yourself, so take advantage of it!

Social networking functionality has now also been added to the upper right of the gallery pages. Now the tour galleries can also be bookmarked in your favorite social networking sites.

Finally we are also offering new custom agent gallery pages to all of our customers. See a Custom Virtual Tour Gallery Page Our custom agent gallery pages will point directly to your virtual tour gallery and for a mere $20.00 this is simply something that everyone should purchase!

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TAAR Testimonial

Over the last two years, Jason and I have attended the Home Buyers and Sellers “How To” Expo sponsored by the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS. The event has provided us each year with an excellent opportunity to showcase our powerful property marketing tools and interactive 360 virtual tours to the many visitors in attendance.

The shows work very well for us in two truly unique ways that no other shows in the past have been able to offer. Because the general public attends the show we are able to get our message out to them as well as to other members of the real estate community. For us this is truly a win-win event.

Each year has resulted in a direct increase in business in our customer base and of course has generated business for us. Thanks to the wonderful staff at TAAR everything runs perfectly for us each year. The layout is great, the catered lunch is delicious and who can complain about having that wonderful view right on the bay.

Most importantly we always seem to have a great time at the show and this year we even took a bit of time at the end of the show to do a virtual tour of the event which can be seen here:

Thank you to all of you who work so hard to provide us with this super event.

Jason LaVanture and Jim Blue
Traverse Area Virtual Tours
Toll Free: 877-941-TOUR (8687)
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Cell Phone Virtual Tour Software HOAX – April Fools!

Ok kids now here is the fun part….YES…this was completely made up. You have Jacque to thank for this little prank…NOT JASON!! Jason is still a good guy here!! That is just my picture promoting this imaginary system. Anyway, here is the fun part. Here is where I show you how much flack I took for this today: Read below…

(Sorry everyone!! I am not putting any names on these. Some people got quite upset.)

This is the order in which they started flying into my inbox:


do you have a sample of a tour done with this method

Did I tell you about the land in Florida I have for sale??

APRIL FOOLS, RIGHT?Good one! I want to know how many fall for it and try to order. LOL

You know its april the 1st right

Got to be a April Fools stunt……………………………….

Amazing new product Jason….I’ll take 10 of them! And I also don’t think you’re charging enough, so bill me triple the amount! 🙂 LMAO in Ponte Vedra, Florida!

Good one. I believed it all until about the 5th paragraph and then realized this was too good to be true, then realized what day it is (April Fools!)

Looks great- I’ll Take 100.

This will be GREAT for that oceanfront property in Idaho, and the bridge in Brooklyn I am selling I have been meaning to take photos and a tour of !!!

Nice work guys, way to keep in ‘REAL’

You are too funny! But you do realize that I will be getting calls for this… I have folks here that will do this! They take MLS photos with disposable cameras, why not cell phones. I’ll forward all inquires to you…what’s your personal email?

And here is a log from our online chat:

Mike: Hello. Welcome to Team RTV. How may I assist you?
Visitor: We are a RTV user already and I got a e-mail on doing them on you phone?
Mike: What did you think?
Visitor: about what
Mike: About the new rotator
Visitor: Oh well I would like more info or where to find on the website
Mike: Let me check and see if they have it on the web site yet
Visitor: k
Mike: Do you know what today is?
Visitor: no
Visitor: cloudy?
Mike: What is the Date Today?
Visitor: Oh April Fools… Ok you got me….HAHA

Do you have any sample tours?

Jason-APRIL FOOLS!!! Very, Very Funny!

Do you guys not like working with photographers? Are you trying to push photographers away from using your platform? Why would you send me an advertisement geared towards realtors who want to do the tours themselves? Do you think any photographer would be interested in using a cell phone to shoot virtual tours? I’m not quite sure what to think of the poor judgement RTV used in not only creating this product but then sending it out to all the photographers who rely on realtors calling them and not doing it themselves. Maybe you should fine tune your email system with separate lists for realtors and photographers.

How do we find out more info about the Ultra-Mini Rotator and how do we order?Thanks

Does this support the iPhone?

Happy April fools day Jason.

Wow, I may not have a job any longer…Would this be targeted to the broker accounts of RTV ? Or who is this really geared for.

April Fool’s Right? ha! ha!

Hi Jason, RTV is always at the forefront of technology. Do you realize how many photos are taken by cell phone for MLS? Must be 90%! It’s the way of the future, Jason. And did you know that Google is refining Google Streets.The new software will be called Google Homes and can take all interior photos of every home as their units drives by. And just like Dynamic MLS Image Correction Software, Google Homes software also removes clothing from the photos.What will they think of next?

I hope this is a good aprils fools joke

Does this thing really work that great? Does the $80 take care of the software too? Or how much extra?

Does this work with the iPhone?

So, what is up with this new Ultra Mini rotator? This thing attached to any camera phone can do everything for me?Are you guys suggesting we use this? Won’t this make every realtor a virtual tour provider now? They can get the same quality out of this cell phone that we can provide? Not sure I follow the logic on this…. Can you please enlighten me?

How ridiculous!

Boy do I feel stupid. Im going home now. You got me…. I really thought I had missed something. I can not stop laughing.

Am I safe to assume this will work with Blackberry’s?Thank you,

Okay… So are you suggesting we use this over Digital SLR cameras? Just wondering because we just had The Image Webinar teaching us all the tricks of using the SLR’s.And if my customer’s buy this… doesn’t that make them no longer have a use for me… and I lose a customer?

boy i have to see the quality on those tours – it really brings it down does it not?

The smartphone sounds interesting. Hmmm the mini rotator – I don’t like though. Makes it sound like just anyone can do a VT. That could take my job away even!

That’s awesome! I assume the tour you sent was with the iPhone? Does this also mean you have software for Mac?Is there someone there I can speak with about this?

Jason please place 100 of these on order for me, that way I can just hand them out to the realtors and not have to do anything myself.Also if you don’t mind please provide your credit card info for the order. I promise I will reimburse you once the order ships.Also, as you know I live in Florida and we have some prime Green Swamp property for sale if you are interested.

Are you concerned this will comoditize the value of the tours?

Awe GEEZ! You know… I am 43 years old and no one has EVER gotten me on April Fools…So you would be a first! The whole time I am sitting here going… WHAT!!! How can they POSSIBLY think A smart phone could compare to professional photography!I was seriously raising my eyebrows in confusion and disbelief… never even occurred to me it was April 1st.Gotta give it to you… you had me! LOLThis is one for the record books. LOL How many others have responded?Or Was I the only one not awake today. LOL

HA HA – Dude that is just too funny – April Fools – Very well done!

This is an April Fool’s gag, right?

Is this an April Fools joke?!?! It does the dishes!!!

I have a serious problem with the latest email I just received.I am not one to complain but the following statement was not thought through. “No bulky equipment, no manual stitching, no processing whatsoever.The software does all the work to make YOUR cell phone pictures look JUST like you hired a professional photographer to photograph your listing!” Several years ago Kodak ran a similar type ad that had serious re precautions to their Pro Division. Pro photographers actually protested by not buying Kodak film for over 6 months. I am sure XXXX XXXX agrees with me that the statement is an insult to our expertise and continued support to RTV. Hey Jason,Nice new update. Will we be able to promote this product and still get a commission for every tour produced? What’s your thoughts? Do you have a sample tour I can look at? I want to see the quality first hand.

HAHA…great April Fool’s joke…had me going for a minute there…

C’mon Jason, I’ve been bashing realtors for years for using their cell phones for the listing photos. Please tell me it’s not this easy.And it will lay to waste all of the lighting and exposure tricks that Jim so eloquently discussed during the Webinar last week? There is no way my Blackberry can take as good of photos than I’m taking with my real camera. I’d love to see a pano shot with this thing!

I gotta tell you, I was really kinda pissed. I thought this guy has lost his freaking mind and is minimizing everything we’re out her trying to do. Get these Realtors ( I know I am one) to add some class to their listings and use us professionals ( I call myself that now) to do their photography. I was ready to jump back to Visual Tour. (I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth there.) P.S. Feel free to post this on the blog and give me a couple of free tours!

APRIL FOOLS! Pretty good one!

This is a great April Fool’s day joke, thanks for sharing it.You got me on that. I was thinking no way in hell could that be done. When you sent the link to tour, it was as I expected. That was a good one my friend.

Thanks for having fun with us!!

– Team RTV

The Tour Donation

On February 12, 2009 – The global charity organization – Charity: Water hosted a global event with Social Media technology Twitter – called Twestival. This special event was well received in Rochester, NY and was coordinated by marketer master – Matthew Ray. To support this event – RTV, Inc. Full Service provider – Mac Village Productions, producer of Rochester virtual tours attended the event to shoot both candid shots and create a virtual tour of the event.

To learn more about this event and Twestival, please check out our blog and website here.

Bill Harris AKA Skeeter
Mac Village Productions
Rochester Virtual Tour Provider