I’ve had many businesses in my life time, but none that I’ve enjoyed more than making Virtual Tours, and what makes it more enjoyable is working with a GREAT company that is on top of everything. Their staff is always there when you need them with the best customer service you can find. Knowing that if you have an issue or a problem they will take the time to help you solve it quickly is very reassuring.
We are like a big family in Real Tour Vision. Virtual tour providers from all over the world are in constant communication with each other through the inside Real Tour Vision provider forum and inside there we share tips and tricks of the trade with each other to make sure we knock out the competition and stay ahead in the race. It’s just great!!
I believe this person in Indiana was very happy with what I said to him and very soon we will see him showing us his 360 virtual tours and leadership within our great network.
Perfect ImagesTreasure Coast Virtual Tours
I absolutely love my Olympus C-7070 for taking virtual tours. It is light weight and compact for the results it produces. And it is a powerhouse camera producing crisp images with a long lasting battery life. But what happens when you stress out a compact zoom to its limit? BOOM – the flash blows! It scared the crap out of me with an explosion merely inches from my eye ball! Yup, finally happened to me this past week. But realistically its not like I didn’t see it coming – after all, on that camera I have probably shot over 1,000 virtual tours with shots blasting out one after the other non-stop, and most using the flash.
So if you add in that each tour captures at least 100 photos with 1000 tours, that’s roughly 100,000 photos taken with that flash. Now I’m no light bulb scientist, but if you stress out any bulb that hard and nearly every day, its bound to blow. And it did. Luckily I had taken all 5 tours for the day and only had 1 panoramic and 2 stills left to take. I simply set up the camera on the tripod and used existing light. But what would have been better is to have an external flash! So now my hand is forced to have one. But realistically I am glad. The external flash gives much more control of the lighting with angles and also has a separate power supply. Sure the camera will not be as nimble, but at least I had my camera up and operational the next day. Although I do have other cameras as backups.
The moral of the story is use the flash on your camera as a backup, not the primary flash. Then if your external flash runs out of juice or breaks during a shoot, you at least have the built-in flash as a backup.
Interactive Virtual Tours
& Marketing Specialists
I am a new Real Tour Vision provider but not new to business in general. Previous experience told me that marketing was the key. I learned a great technique in the Tour Talk Newsletter called the “subtle tour” (Devised by Panorama Jack himself I do believe). Those of you privy to the Real Tour Vision newsletters and insider network tips know all about this!! This is at once good marketing and a way to help promote the local community.
I had a couple of obvious scenes finished (public square, etc.) and then I decided to pay a visit to the local Chamber of Commerce to see if they had any ideas for scenes that I hadn’t thought of.
Little did I know that the Director of Operations and the Membership Coordinator had just finished a conversation about how they could offer a value-added service to their Real Estate agent members. In fact they had been discussing the issue off and on for several weeks.
When I walked in and announced that I had started a virtual tour business and began describing the subtle tour. . .well let’s just say they were excited to no end! My timing couldn’t have been better.
They immediately hired me to create a tour of the Chamber office
And as “luck” would have it the Director’s house was for sale and on the market. The listing agent was a family member of the director in this case and I was also asked to shoot that property. Since this was my first 360 virtual tour I added extra scenes just to show all the great RTV virtual tour software features. Now I can’t wait to finish my subtle tour.
The clients were delighted with the quality of the 360 tours. The RTV system has all the tools I needed to create impressive virtual tours right away. I have also learned much through the community on the provider forums. There is a wealth of knowledge there about everything from how to shoot better photos to how to better serve customers. I just hope I can repay the favor and pay it forward as I learn the craft.
SpotLight Virtual Tours
Choosing a Digital SLR Camera for your 360 Tours
There are several great options out there when it comes to digital SLR’s. They all take great pictures and the biggest difference comes down to you feeling comfortable with operating the camera. If you have never used a digital SLR before then I would steer you towards either the Olympus E410 or E510. Both of these cameras have live preview capability which means that you can turn the camera on, look at the LCD and see what the camera is about to take a photo of just like a regular point and shoot digital camera.
Most of the other digital SLR cameras require you to look through the eye piece otherwise called the viewfinder on a traditional camera to see the picture you are about to take. One of the best SLR cameras I have seen is the Canon 5D but it is very expensive and definitely “over kill” for shooting tours in my opinion. Whether you choose an Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony or Fuji film make sure that you test the camera in the store to get an idea of how it works as each camera is setup differently. Many stores or smaller local shops will let you take the camera outside of the store for a bit of time while you test it as long as you leave behind your drivers license. Just like test driving a car, test driving your camera is equally important in your decision making.
The next important thing to consider is how the camera feels when it is in your hands. Let’s face it, we all have different shapes of hands and some cameras cater to a smaller hand while other fit nicely in a larger hand. If you order your camera online without holding it first this is just the risk that you take.
Finally I go by the looks of the camera. When you show up to do that $3000.00 resort virtual tour, you want to look your very best and you want your camera to command respect. I HIGHLY recommend that you see how your camera looks when it is mounted fully on the Real Tour Vision panohead (Scroll to bottom of page). The more official that you and your team look the better. It is said that Real Tour Vision not only has the worlds largest virtual tour provider network but also the classiest so let’s keep it that way!
Feel free to contact me at the information listed below for more information about these cameras.
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Grand Traverse Virtual Tour Company
I’ve been working with a Realtor that loves my virtual tour company’s work. She asked me to make a 360 tour on one of her listings, in the 10 million dollar range. This house was going to be furnished in a couple of weeks. Needless to say she could not wait for the home to be furnished she called me and decided that I do a virtual tour of the home unfurnished and later do one with the home furnished. A Buyers market is the best market for Virtual Tours. Realtors need to sell their listings and show the seller all their efforts for the selling of the property.
All the Realtors I deal with tell me how great our Virtual Tours are and love how I get back to them the next day. All this is because we work with the BEST Virtual Tour Company out there. Real Tour Vision helps us providers achieve the best customer service and quality of work, so our customers are satisfied and happy about the money they are investing in order to expose and sell their listings. I hear is all the time, and I’m glad I decided to go with Real Tour Vision.