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Dec 30, 2011 07:31 |  #4051

^^ I"m getting "Content Protected by Owner" ^^ You need to change permissions to allow the pictures to be seen in the forum.


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Dec 30, 2011 08:20 |  #4052

DaveKosiba wrote in post #13619600 (external link)
^^ I"m getting "Content Protected by Owner" ^^ You need to change permissions to allow the pictures to be seen in the forum.

Thanks, I think I fixed it.
If not, here is a video I made of all the photos.
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Dec 30, 2011 08:33 |  #4053

diputs wrote in post #13619735 (external link)
Thanks, I think I fixed it.
If not, here is a video I made of all the photos.
http://vimeo.com/34360​517 (external link)

Nice work with the fisheye, your links are also working. I think it takes more creativity than I possess to use a fisheye lens as proficiently as you have.


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Dec 30, 2011 09:03 as a reply to  @ DaveKosiba's post |  #4054

Hey everyone, I've been following this thread for the better part of a year now and have learned a lot! Seeing how recent discussion has centered a bit around virtual tours and HTML5 coding, I decided that it would be a good time to get some feedback on a project I am working on.

I started a small "business" project with a friend of mine this past summer that is based around virtual tours - think Google streetview for building interiors. Although the general tone I take away from this thread is that virtual tours are more of a dying art, I wanted to try and take a new approach and rebrand existing technology. However, it has been very difficult to breach the real estate market here in Ottawa (Canada), it seems that most agents are satisfied with what they have already.

Due to school, I have put this project on the backburner for quite a while, but have recently revived it due to a contract in development with a National museum here in the city.

Please feel free to take a look at what I have developed so far - I firstly want to get some feedback based on little to no instructions on what to do (ie. controls) and see just how, or lack thereof, user friendly the interface is.

Museum of Science and Technology Virtual Tour (external link)

The concept is simple: full 360*180 views that are linked together via hotspots or a map. The software I use also supports the ability to embed images and videos directly into the project, which is something the museum is extremely interested in.

I am currently working on a more in-depth concept demonstration which will be shown to sponsors (gas, power companies) of the exhibit to gain additional funding. Any comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated!

A few things to note:
- HTML5 compatibility will come when contract is finalized and I can buy a license key (poor student :D)
- I realized afterwards that some panos are off-level, but this was for conceptual purposes only; horizontal lines can be fixed using software


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Dec 30, 2011 10:24 |  #4055

^^^ Very nice...


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Dec 30, 2011 10:55 |  #4056

m-industry wrote in post #13619881 (external link)
Hey everyone, I've been following this thread for the better part of a year now and have learned a lot! Seeing how recent discussion has centered a bit around virtual tours and HTML5 coding, I decided that it would be a good time to get some feedback on a project I am working on.

I started a small "business" project with a friend of mine this past summer that is based around virtual tours - think Google streetview for building interiors. Although the general tone I take away from this thread is that virtual tours are more of a dying art, I wanted to try and take a new approach and rebrand existing technology. However, it has been very difficult to breach the real estate market here in Ottawa (Canada), it seems that most agents are satisfied with what they have already.

Due to school, I have put this project on the backburner for quite a while, but have recently revived it due to a contract in development with a National museum here in the city.

Please feel free to take a look at what I have developed so far - I firstly want to get some feedback based on little to no instructions on what to do (ie. controls) and see just how, or lack thereof, user friendly the interface is.

Museum of Science and Technology Virtual Tour (external link)

The concept is simple: full 360*180 views that are linked together via hotspots or a map. The software I use also supports the ability to embed images and videos directly into the project, which is something the museum is extremely interested in.

I am currently working on a more in-depth concept demonstration which will be shown to sponsors (gas, power companies) of the exhibit to gain additional funding. Any comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated!

A few things to note:
- HTML5 compatibility will come when contract is finalized and I can buy a license key (poor student :D)
- I realized afterwards that some panos are off-level, but this was for conceptual purposes only; horizontal lines can be fixed using software

If this is what the museum wants, then I would say it looks pretty good. For a home interior, I don't think I would like it as a consumer. As a consumer, when I'm looking at a home online I want a clear perspective on a room, not a POV from the middle of a room. This has been the Achilles Heal of 360s since the beginning. They were cutting edge about 10years ago, but consumers got tired of them real quick. I have heard so many times from consumer about how they just don't like them when it comes to looking at homes online. But, for a museum, I think what you did works great!

I looks like you are using Tourweaver, are you? If not, would you mind sharing which program you used?

I do like the map on the bottom left corner, that could easily be changed to a floor plan of a home. I also think with the ability to upload video that this program has potential. A true walk through video broken up into smaller clips could be very useful with this software. One could shoot a video for each level of a home and still use the hot spots. I would like to see one of these done with video and stills just to see what the results are and if they would work for RE marketing. People do not like to hang around for a long time on one home. They prefer simplicity, which is where I think the 360s dropped the ball in terms of RE marketing. Yours loaded pretty quickly, which is nice, but a lot of them are slow to load and they take too much time to go through.

Something like this, if well marketed, could land you some other gigs for things like this. Just curious, how long did the entire process take you? How long onsite and how long building the tour?

Thanks for sharing, I am always looking for new ideas to help me keep my edge over the competition.


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Dec 30, 2011 11:09 |  #4057

TGrundvig wrote in post #13620403 (external link)
If this is what the museum wants, then I would say it looks pretty good. For a home interior, I don't think I would like it as a consumer. As a consumer, when I'm looking at a home online I want a clear perspective on a room, not a POV from the middle of a room. This has been the Achilles Heal of 360s since the beginning. They were cutting edge about 10years ago, but consumers got tired of them real quick. I have heard so many times from consumer about how they just don't like them when it comes to looking at homes online. But, for a museum, I think what you did works great!

Exactly, typically, the only people who like the virtual tours are the realtors. As more of their customers tell them they're useless (because, essentially, they are for residential real estate), the realtors will get away from them.




  
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Dec 30, 2011 13:52 |  #4058

apixelintime wrote in post #13615060 (external link)
I bet this tog only charged $150... NOT!

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If they paid $150 then they over paid LOL

Some pretty bad photos in there. Probably taken by the agent!

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Dec 30, 2011 13:54 |  #4059

^^^ The colors are all wrong! :)




  
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Dec 30, 2011 18:34 |  #4060

This is my first attempt at real estate photography. i have lots to learn and welcome you thoughts.

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Dec 30, 2011 20:40 |  #4061

^A few things spring to mind:
1) Make sure the verticals are straight, which means applying perspective correction when post-processing.
2) The windows and lamps are totally overexposed. You could try HDR to avoid that. Just don't go overboard with it. Too much HDR will leave an image looking unreal and "cooked."
3) White balance - The last shot has a nasty yellow cast.
4) Composition - Try to avoid having little fractions of objects cut off on the edges of the frame. IMG0419 has some weird sphere that should be cropped out. There's also something near the lower right corner of IMG0406.
5) Staging - Make sure the scene looks clean. The tissue boxes in some of the shots are distracting and should be removed.


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Dec 31, 2011 16:12 as a reply to  @ i_am_hydrogen's post |  #4062

First, like with any photo, ask yourself what you're trying to show. In RE photography (usually) you're trying to show the room. The one shot you have of the two chairs and the tiger thing on the wall does nothing to show the room itself. A few other photos were similar.

Second, shoot angles. Don't shoot straight on (most of the time). The angles are going to compliment the room better.




  
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Jan 01, 2012 15:16 |  #4063

Most important part, try to show a flow of each house. A person interested in a certain home wants to see also rooms and how they are connected to each other. That said, you did not use your lens wide enough. And do not look at the furniture, but pay attention to the rooms layout.
Realtors in general are not able to take clear pictures. Even your pictures do show too much light from the windows (try to play with the blinds or drapes) or to much yellow, it does not matter, because your pictures look much better than 95% of the pictures from Realtors. Again use more wide and show the flow of the interior. Start taking a picture to the front door with access to other rooms, next from the front door with wide lens to the interior and keep your lens horizontal to the floor.
One or two days before taking the pictures ask the Realtor/owner to see the home and when cluttered, to have it clean and stage the best they can do. No plates, pans and pots in the sink, no dirty shoes and under wear around, toilet lids down, towels removed, newspapers and magazine out of the way, turn TV off, clean and water the yards.
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Jan 01, 2012 16:02 |  #4064

Go to Home Depot or somewhere similar and buy some portable dimmers, I have 4 of them to plug into bright table lamps. I always take some candid "detail" shots, but you have too many. Straight on shot are fine, just make them straight, and get a lot wider lens.


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Jan 01, 2012 17:46 |  #4065

Thanks for your feed back guys. very much appreciated and great info.


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