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Should I Invest in Providing Matterport Tours as a Product?

August 9th, 2017

Bill in South Carolina says: I own an aerial videography company and have done several virtual home tours using an Osmo with my DJI X5 camera for interiors. I recently started researching the Matterport camera system for actual 3D virtual tours, but it just seems too good to be true and I don’t want to […]

Are 3D Virtual Reality Tours Practical for Real Estate?

July 27th, 2017

Dave in California says: Realtourvision.com (RTV) is now into offering 3D Virtual Reality Tours. I bought approx. $450 worth of software to do the same thing called 3D Vista before I did a survey of approximately 25 agents. None of them would purchase the tours based on not wanting to subject their clients to wearing headsets, […]

Making Slideshows of All the Listings You Shoot

July 26th, 2017

Patrick in Texas says: I am feeling like I’m not taking advantage of all the listings I am shooting. I want an automated way of building a gallery and putting it up on my website so I can refer to it, build meta data, and link to it as needed. Is there a discussion on […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Get around the Bad Presentation of Photos on Real Estate Sites?

June 21st, 2017

David in Colorado says: The most frustrating thing about real estate photography is the horrible reproduction of photos on most real estate sites. We spend the time creating beautiful photos for our clients that we are incredibly proud of then those photos are run through real estate sites where they are compressed, darkened, over saturated and […]

PFRE Reader Recommended Tour Hosting

February 3rd, 2017

I’ve gotten several questions recently asking who the best tour hosting vendor or what the best tour software is. So it’s apparently time to remind everyone of the Suggested Tour Vendor page again. First of all, I recommend you use a tour hosting vendor rather than trying to use slideshow software to create your own […]

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 […]