Archive for the 'Tours' Category

Real Estate Photographers Need To Look at Adobe Spark!

December 26th, 2016

I have to admit that I have been aware of Adobe Spark for a while (I think it has been available since May of 2016) but until Wayne Capili sent me this example of how he used Spark Page to build a tour of a property that he shot in the Oakland Hills, I completely […]

What Is A Good Way To Host 360 Images For Real Estate In A Tour?

November 17th, 2016

George in Maryland wants to know how to host 360 images. He says: I purchased the Theta S in order to capture still 360 degree spherical images at reasonable expense. The captured digital 360 degree images are save as JPEG images. What can I use to create a slideshow utilizing several of these images that […]

What About Self Hosted Slide Shows?

August 10th, 2016

John in Texas asks: I did a quick search on the PFRE blog and did not see any recent discussion about tools that can be used to create and host slideshows. Any suggestions? The last post I did on real estate photographer hosted slide shows was here, back when SlideShoPro discontinued their product. Probably the […]

Are Matterport 3D Tours A Money Making Product For Real Estate Photographers?

January 27th, 2016

Kelvin in Big Sky Country recently asked the following: Searching your site regarding Matterport, I found some thoughts about it from 2014 that would sway me to believe that the value wasn’t there as compared to the $4500 investment.  I’m curious to know if that has changed, or if anyone reports recouping that investment and […]

Help Create A PFRE Recommended Tour Hosting Vendor List

January 26th, 2016

I’ve had tour vendors complain that I promote TourBuzz rather than let PFRE readers decide for themselves which tour vendor is best. Let’s get several things clear: I don’t do traditional advertising because I don’t like to promote things that I don’t use. The products and vendors I write about are ones I believe in […]

Tourbuzz.net – An Easy Way To Provide Tours For Real Estate Photography Clients

January 19th, 2016

Dave in Toronto asks: I’m a Real Estate Photographer in Toronto and I’ve been looking for another source for making websites (tours) for my client’s listings.  At the moment, I’m using Rapidweaver.  It does the job but I’m looking for something easier.  Do you have any suggestions?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. I use […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Need To Provide Tours?

September 21st, 2015

Alan asked the following question a couple of days ago: I’m new to real estate photography and I’ve been practicing my tail off for about 3 months, 4-6 hours a day. I’m now learning that many realtors want a virtual tour. I think this is a bit antiquated when we now have beautiful video available. […]

The Evolution Of The Real Estate Tour – It Used To Mean 360 Virtual Tour

May 5th, 2015

Mike in Kentucky recently ask me: Its taken time, but I’m staying pretty busy, I offer both stills and tours, don’t always shoot tours on small properties, in fact it seems that the tours part of my work is getting less important. When I look at the statistics for Photography Marketing Trends for Real Estate it’s […]

Can My Realtor Client Uploaded My Photos To A CirclePix Tour? Is That Legal?

April 19th, 2015

Randall is having a problem with a client that has uploaded the photos he shot for them to CirclePix: I recently found that a Realtor I have shot images for using them on a tour I didn’t provide. They’ve uploaded images to a national photography/tour provider company (Circlepix) to use in tours they produce. They (Circlepix) are receiving […]

SlideShowPro Discontinuing Their Product – What Are Your Alternatives?

January 9th, 2015

If you have a SlideShowPro account you got an email today announcing that SlideShowPro is shutting down. Several readers asked today what they can use as an alternative. The SlideshowPro site explains that their closure is a result of the fact that the majority of their products were Flash based and the Internet has evolved beyond […]

Is Matterport An Important Tool For Real Estate Photography?

September 23rd, 2014

Several readers have asked me what I think about Matterport because they just raised $16M in venture capital funding and there have been several articles in the real estate press this last week. Also, Redfin is using Matterport to create 3D walkthroughs. In Seattle apparently you get a free Matterport tour if you list with Redfin. Observations: The effects shown […]

vFlyer.com A Marketing Site For Agents and Real Estate Photographers

August 24th, 2014

I’ve used vFlyer.com ever since it was launched in late 2006. Back in 2006 it was the first site that allowed you to make great looking ads that you can paste into craigslist.org ads. It still does that. I’ve used vFlyer.com for advertising my rental properties for years and it works great. Over the years vFlyer has evolved […]

What Independent Real Estate Photographers Need To Know About Tours/Video

May 29th, 2014

Many top real estate agents use some form of tours or video. In the following I refer to tours/videos because there is a transition in progress. Tours used to be the top real estate agents marketing choice but agents in some markets that want to be on the leading edge technology wise are more and more […]

The Evolution Of Tours/Marketing Systems For Home Marketing

August 12th, 2013

Presenting a property online is at the very center of real estate marketing. The options for doing that online presentation have increased enormously since they first became available in about 2000. Should real estate photographers provide tours? Here are some basics: What’s a tour? Historically the term virtual tour meant a series of 360 views. […]

Java Is A Security Disaster – It Is Time To Stop Using It For Real Estate Tours

March 11th, 2013

I’ve had this post simmering on the back back burner for several weeks but it’s time to remind the whole real estate community to stay away from JAVA! First of all a short history of Java as it relates to real estate tours: During the mid-2000s Java was used extensively as a technology that made […]