Blog Tag: virtual tour camera

What is your combination?

Ever since I was a kid I always liked nice pictures, photography and cameras and eventually I turned into a “gadget” guy. I have collected various camera brands from old generation (regular film), a complete set of a “Hasselblad” the Cadillac of cameras, to the latest model of digital camera (till 8 months ago) which provides a great deal of flexibility and convenience. However over all these years my major task always was how can I make money off of doing what I love!?

I think this is a very popular topic and not easily done! After I spent the big bucks on the Hasselblad I started doing head shots and some other projects to make a career out of it. Shortly after that I found myself in the middle of the technology transition to digital photography. I could not compete any more! Right around that time, I came across property photography and virtual tours and decided that it was the combination that I have been looking for. Not long after that I started the company called “yVirtual” in Southern California serving the following cities:

Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Encino, Studio City, North Ridge, Reseda and ….plus, Brentwood, Palisades, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and the other surrounding area.

I certainly hope that one day you can find your right combination too!

Mike Pashai
Y Virtual, Inc.
Calabasas Virtual Tour Company

Virtual Tour Camera Migration

I started my virtual tour business in Lawrence with my nice Point and shoot digital camera, but I was not getting the “professional look” that I was aiming for since I had little or no experience nor example on my website to show off. I decided to jump into the SLR world and of course it’s more complex than what I thought.

One mistake that I made and quickly learned from:

A point and shoot is automatically turning on to the widest angle possible which is how you should take your pictures for your 360 virtual tour. Even if you take it the camera off of the Real Tour Vision rotator to do a nice still picture, set it down and let it turn off, that digital camera will always set itself back to the widest angle setting where it was left at. This I quickly found was not the case with my digital SLR. At least mine anyway.

The Real Tour Vision tour builder manual says on the quick shoot checklist – BE SURE YOUR CAMERA IS ALWAYS SET TO THE WIDEST ANGLE POSSIBLE BEFORE EVERY VIRTUAL TOUR SHOOT! If you don’t follow this simple rule once you’re back at home trying to stitch them up it won’t work. For everyone out there just going into the SLR world be sure to always check that you have your camera set to the widest angle possible before every shoot. Especially after taking it off the tripod to zoom on a detail!

Kate Huchet
Lawrence Virtual Tour
Lawrence Virtual Tours
Now Servicing Lawrence, Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas – 785-764-2552

Losing my One-Shot-Lens and Finding RTV

After living most of my life in New York and working for Verizon for 32 ½ years I retired. After having bypass surgery in 2001 I decided to retire and move away from the hustle and bustle of New York. I decided to move to Delaware although I knew my employment opportunity would be limited compared to New York’s.

When I put my house up for sale in New York I asked the Realtor(R) to do a virtual tour of my home. At the time I had no idea how the tours where taken, until I saw the person come in with a virtual tour lens or a one shot lens attachment. I was some what impressed that only one picture of each room had to be taken but not to impressed when I saw the final results of the virtual tour. In the end my house sold and I was off to Delaware.

I always wanted to try selling homes so I got a real estate license shortly after moving. I found out quickly I was not meant to sell houses. I then remembered the virtual tour that was done of my home in New York and started to surf the web for virtual tour software and virtual tour companies, I thought I’d give that a try. I started to read about virtual tours that had to be stitched together and immediately dismissed them. I was looking for the easy one shot method, and found and ordered a single shot lens attachment for my camera.

I paid $ 600.00 and to my dismay it turned out to be one of the worst investment I have ever made. I never even got off the ground with that attachment because of the lack of support from the seller. I had no choice, so reluctantly I started to check out the stitched systems and
surfed right into the Real Tour Vision site. I feel a guardian angel guided me to the RTV site after the bad experience I had with the other company.

The staff at Real Tour Vision had me up and working my own virtual tour company in no time. I was truly impressed. I immediately found out the difference of a single shot attachment to the stitched system. First a single shot lens attachment takes one picture at maybe 3 mega pixels, with the Real Tour Visions system I take twelve shots of each 360 panoramic view which equates to 36 mega pixels, no comparison in the final results. Secondly and most importantly I am able to use the cameras on-board flash when necessary as well as get perfect exposure for each angle of the room. Real Tour Vision images from their photo stitching software are also printable which was a limitation of the single shot system.

From the day I started with my first virtual tour I have gotten nothing but praises and compliments on how great the virtual tours look. I even impressed myself. I’m a person that is a true believer in providing the best customer sevice, and I’m so glad that I work with a
company that feels the same way, Real Tour Vision. The name of my company is 360 Delaware Orbit Tours and together with Real Tour Vision I don’t see any obstacle in the way of our continued success.

Tony Pastoriza
360 Delaware Orbit Tours