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Virginia Beach Virtual Tour Photographer Achieves T4 Status

tinyt43Dennis Washburn understands modern digital photography. Combining his photography know how and passion for computers, Dennis has established a successful architecture and real estate virtual tour / photography business in Tide Water Virginia. He employs state of the art high dynamic range photography techniques to produce the best quality virtual tours & images his clients frequently use on the internet and in printed materials. Dennis Washburn Photography serves much of Virginia including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Williamsburg, New Port News, Hampton and the surrounding areas.

Dennis joined the RTV virtual tour company in early 2015 as a Google Trusted Independent Photographer, and is excited to add the products built into the Fusion virtual tour system to his repertoire. He states “Partnering with RTV will enhance the opportunities for everyone involved and bring far more combined options to the table. The virtual tour business is growing rapidly in popularity and quality.  Potential clients can be exposed to many more venues in much less time by viewing tour from home or at the office.”

RTV is glad to have Dennis on our team as a certified T4 photographer. He has proven that he has the skills and professionalism to be successful in this venture for years to come. Congratulations Dennis, we know you have worked hard and look forward to many years of partnership with you.

 

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How To Make Money With Photography

I am Considering A Career In Photography, But How Can I Make Money? How To Make Money With Photography

 

The popularity of photography has exploded in recent years. The immediate feedback of modern digital cameras and availability of information online has shortened the learning curve immensely. One of the most common questions by enthusiastic hobbyists is “How do I make money with photography?”. Even seasoned professionals are looking for new ways to sell photos or their services. There are several factors to consider before you make the plunge.

Is my photography good enough to get paid for taking photos?

This is one of the toughest questions to answer for someone who is first considering a career in professional photography. It is difficult to see your work objectively. Those around you also can be biased, or may want to support you completely. They may offer you partial feedback, or may hesitate to be completely honest for fear of discouraging you and hurting your feelings.

Honest feedback can sometimes be painful. As a professional photographer you must be able to take direction from clients (after all you are being paid to capture their vision), and also not take it personally when things do not turn out exactly as hoped.

One of the best ways to learn to accept and take advantage of criticism is to join a local camera club. These folks are often very honest (in a constructive manner), and they will challenge you to photograph subjects which may not interest you. Taking great photos of subject matter you like, and being able to produce great images of a subject you aren’t really passionate about,  are two vastly different things. Separating your emotions and objectively looking at your work is critical to your future success.

Participating in art shows or contests can also be a way to get honest feedback. Keep in mind their critiques are a way to help you improve and should never be taken personally.

Volunteering your photography to nonprofits or even offering some free photos for a friend who runs a business is a great way to test the waters, and will also provide the opportunity to get honest feedback. Many photographers start out taking family portraits. Getting out with your camera as much as possible and getting honest feedback is the quickest way to improve and prepare yourself for a career in photography.

What other skills do I need to be a successful photographer?

Honestly most folks enter the arena of professional photography with the misconception that they will be shooting photos more than anything else. That just isn’t the case. Remember you will be running a business. This means you will be in charge of scheduling, customer service, promoting, accounting and every other aspect of owning your own company.

Photoshop and Lightroom (and other photo related software) are very powerful tools for photographers today. What escapes most people who are considering a career in photography is that image management, and post processing will be a huge part of the workload. After image editing and business duties are done, most photographers are actually shooting around 25% or less of actual working time. Unless of course they have the resources to get help managing these other tasks.

Ways to make money taking pictures

There are several common avenues that people pursue in photography. I will mention a handful here but in no way is this a comprehensive list.

Wedding Photography – This type of photography requires a very creative person who can adjust to problems “on the fly”. High energy and an eye for style are critical. This is definitely one area to slowly get your feet wet. While there are plenty of people looking for cheap wedding photographers, these situations tend to create a ton of headaches. If you are interested in wedding photography I would suggest finding a professional and establishing a relationship with them. Working as an assistant is a great way to learn the skills needed to succeed.

Portrait Photography – This realm of photographer also requires a highly creative person that can adjust to situations quickly. As with wedding photography it requires a strong ability to work closely with strong personality types. One perk of portrait photography is less pressure.  In most cases if need be the shoot can be redone. The same cannot be said of wedding photography.

Stock Photography – Selling photos online via stock agencies is a popular choice. Stock photography is providing photos to an agency on speculation that someone will need an image similar to what you are providing. The hope is that business owners or designers will purchase the rights to use your photographs for their websites, brochures and other media. Being a successful stock photographer is a real challenge. It is important when trying to sell stock photography online that you keep up with fashion trends and cultural trends of what people are looking for. A common misconception is that a photographer can take any photos they want upload them and they will sell. While stock agencies may accept images of any subject, there are only so many sunset or nature images that will sell. Images of trendy people using the latest tech gadgets are in much higher demand. Unfortunately paying for models is not cheap especially based on speculation the resulting image might make the photographer money.

If stock photography interests you consider 123rf.com

Virtual Tour Photography – Taking photos of homes for sale, or businesses to be featured on line is a great avenue to make money in photography. You will work closely with real estate agents and business owners to provide high quality images of properties that will be featured on websites and virtual tours. Virtual tour photographers have the luxury of less pressure than wedding photographers without the risk of photos not selling as may happen with stock photography. There is some specialized equipment and software that is required but the total cost to start a virtual tour business is very reasonable.

Are you ready to learn more about making money as a virtual tour photographer?

RTV is the industry leader in the virtual tour market place. Our custom virtual tour platform is easy to use and very versatile. We offer hands on training of the software, and with our ever expanding Rock Point Marketing program you will have access to training and marketing materials to teach you the ins and outs of becoming a successful real estate photographer. A free trial is available for those who would like to test drive our system.  If making money as a photographer interests you and you would like more information about partnering with a company that can help you succeed  contact us today!

 

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Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours

The internet has become your most important marketing tool and professional hotel photography is the key component to booking rooms. “A picture is worth a thousand words” so if you’re serious about looking your best, using the most up to date modern technology, getting the lowest price, and fastest turn-around time, then franchisees will tell you that RTV Inc. is the RIGHT vendor for you.

We provide Professional Hotel Photography, Interactive Virtual Media Tours, Google Street View | Trusted Tours and Full Motion Video options. Additional features including YouTube Distribution, HTML 5 Mobile Ready Tours, Weekly Traffic Reports, Kiosk (Lobby) Tour, Computer Audio and Professional Voice Over Narrations, Astro Zoom Space Fly In, Reservations / “Book-It-Now” button and Free Hotel Portal Distribution!

Whether you own one or one-hundred hotels, RTV can be there fast (typically within two-weeks from the time that an order has been placed anywhere in the U.S.) and offer you the best looking photographs and technology. All your high definition professional photography is yours to keep for print and will be distributed to the E-Brochure page as well as thousands of travel planning portal sites!

All services are 100% guaranteed. Service availability is 100% guaranteed anywhere in the United States. We’ve been offering professional Hotel Photography since 1999 and have access to over 1000 professional photographers worldwide allowing us to give you FASTER delivery times at a LOW COST with the BEST quality.

RTV, Inc
Hotel Photography & Professional Virtual Tours
Order Hotel Photography Today – 866-947-8687
https://www.RealTourVision.com


Search Engine Optimization for Your Virtual Tour Business

SEO for Virtual Tour Companies

Have you wondered how you can have your website top the list on search engines?

Website search engine ranking has evolved drastically in the past couple of years. If you haven’t thought about your website in the past month chances are you are moving the wrong way in the search engine ranks. Google accounts for 67.5% of the search engine market (comscore.com), whereas Bing and Yahoo make up around 28% combined*. When we are talking about SEO (search engine optimization) the conversation inevitably centers on Google for this reason. Google has used their position of dominance to change how websites are ranked according to what they see as most important. User experience and relevance are two of the main factors in the success or failure of search engine results. How is user experience and relevance determined? Much of that information comes in the form of bounce rates, time on site, and other user behavior cues, as well as the robots (sometime called spiders) that scan websites for content and updates.

If you are in the dark as to how to figure this out, don’t worry. There are lots of tools available both paid and free. With a little technical knowledge (or a good friend that knows code) you can install Google Analytics and sign up for Google Webmaster tools, and the best part is they are totally free. Sure there are plenty of companies that want you to pay them to report to you on a monthly basis from their pricey software, but I will take free directly from the horse’s mouth any day.
Great content represents one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle to search engine success as well. If your website is a wealth of quality information people will come to your site more often, spend more time, and link back more frequently. Quality graphic content such as photos, memes, and info graphs are easily share able on social media platforms (which in turn send social relevancy signals to Google) and contribute to a great user experience as well. Committing and sticking to a long term content creation strategy is a powerful tool in the effort to obtain online ranking success.
Back linking used to be a huge part of improving website rankings. This is the practice of getting other website to link back to your site. While this can still influence the organic (non paid) rankings, Google has recently been decreasing the value of back links. This is due in part to a rash of attempts to manipulate back link profiles for the benefit of a websites search rankings. On top of Google slowly decreasing the value of back links many sites that have used low quality back link practices are now being penalized by Google and forced to either fix their back link profile (an often long and tedious task) or face the consequences of penalization or even suspension of ranking on Google’s search engine.

You can still benefit from a great back link profile but I would caution you to approach gaining back links by producing good content and publishing it on social media and any other avenues you can find. People who like the content you are producing, or find value in it will share it and link back to it in various ways. These great articles and graphics are known as link bait in the seo community as they are produced to draw back links in. Typically the back links gained are to related websites meaning the back links have a higher relevance than if it was linked back from a website that is not with in the same industry or genre.  If anyone approaches you and offers X number of back links for money, DO NOT DO IT! This is the sort of practice that will land your website in Google’s dreaded penalty box. If the opportunity to link to another page arises and it makes sense, making the link a no follow link is advisable. This tells the Google robots to not consider where this link is going to, to influence search engine rankings for either site. This is done using a simple html code while placing the link.

The long and short of seo is develop your site with user experience in mind, produce and promote good content and let the rest fall into place.  Hard work and avoiding the pitfall the easy way out and your website will move up in the rankings. Keep in mind where Google is headed and focus on getting there rather than focusing on what has been done in the past.

Do you have questions? Coming up soon we will be having a webinar for our network of photographers to discuss this issue more in depth. Would you like to learn more about being an RTV photographer? Visit our website to learn how to start your virtual tour business or call us at 866 947 8687. Or allow one of our Virtual Tour Providers to provide professional photography on your behalf.

Join the conversation on Facebook!

*http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press-Releases/2014/4/comScore-Releases-March-2014-U.S.-Search-Engine-Rankings


Search Engine Optimization for Your Virtual Tour Business

SEO for Virtual Tour Companies

Have you wondered how you can have your website top the list on search engines?

Website search engine ranking has evolved drastically in the past couple of years. If you haven’t thought about your website in the past month chances are you are moving the wrong way in the search engine ranks. Google accounts for 67.5% of the search engine market (comscore.com), whereas Bing and Yahoo make up around 28% combined*. When we are talking about SEO (search engine optimization) the conversation inevitably centers on Google for this reason. Google has used their position of dominance to change how websites are ranked according to what they see as most important. User experience and relevance are two of the main factors in the success or failure of search engine results. How is user experience and relevance determined? Much of that information comes in the form of bounce rates, time on site, and other user behavior cues, as well as the robots (sometime called spiders) that scan websites for content and updates.

If you are in the dark as to how to figure this out, don’t worry. There are lots of tools available both paid and free. With a little technical knowledge (or a good friend that knows code) you can install Google Analytics and sign up for Google Webmaster tools, and the best part is they are totally free. Sure there are plenty of companies that want you to pay them to report to you on a monthly basis from their pricey software, but I will take free directly from the horse’s mouth any day.
Great content represents one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle to search engine success as well. If your website is a wealth of quality information people will come to your site more often, spend more time, and link back more frequently. Quality graphic content such as photos, memes, and info graphs are easily share able on social media platforms (which in turn send social relevancy signals to Google) and contribute to a great user experience as well. Committing and sticking to a long term content creation strategy is a powerful tool in the effort to obtain online ranking success.
Back linking used to be a huge part of improving website rankings. This is the practice of getting other website to link back to your site. While this can still influence the organic (non paid) rankings, Google has recently been decreasing the value of back links. This is due in part to a rash of attempts to manipulate back link profiles for the benefit of a websites search rankings. On top of Google slowly decreasing the value of back links many sites that have used low quality back link practices are now being penalized by Google and forced to either fix their back link profile (an often long and tedious task) or face the consequences of penalization or even suspension of ranking on Google’s search engine.

You can still benefit from a great back link profile but I would caution you to approach gaining back links by producing good content and publishing it on social media and any other avenues you can find. People who like the content you are producing, or find value in it will share it and link back to it in various ways. These great articles and graphics are known as link bait in the seo community as they are produced to draw back links in. Typically the back links gained are to related websites meaning the back links have a higher relevance than if it was linked back from a website that is not with in the same industry or genre.  If anyone approaches you and offers X number of back links for money, DO NOT DO IT! This is the sort of practice that will land your website in Google’s dreaded penalty box. If the opportunity to link to another page arises and it makes sense, making the link a no follow link is advisable. This tells the Google robots to not consider where this link is going to, to influence search engine rankings for either site. This is done using a simple html code while placing the link.

The long and short of seo is develop your site with user experience in mind, produce and promote good content and let the rest fall into place.  Hard work and avoiding the pitfall the easy way out and your website will move up in the rankings. Keep in mind where Google is headed and focus on getting there rather than focusing on what has been done in the past.

Do you have questions? Coming up soon we will be having a webinar for our network of photographers to discuss this issue more in depth. Would you like to learn more about being an RTV photographer? Visit our website to learn how to start your virtual tour business or call us at 866 947 8687. Or allow one of our Virtual Tour Providers to provide professional photography on your behalf.

Join the conversation on Facebook!

*http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press-Releases/2014/4/comScore-Releases-March-2014-U.S.-Search-Engine-Rankings