A 360-degree virtual tour, gives your potential customers a chance to look around your business using their PC or a smartphone, and, Google Maps Street View.
Drag the image to move around, click the arrows to move through the tour
How does it work
- We visit your business
- We take photos using our 360-degree camera.
- Back at our office, we check, and if necessary, edit the location of every image
- After uploading the images to Google Street View, we orientate and connect the images together
- After 24-48 hours, the virtual tour is available to anyone using Google Maps and Google Street View
- It is best to visit your business when visitor numbers are low, as we’d want to take a photo with no-one else in the room
- Rooms should be well lit.
- Photos are taken with a camera on a tripod, and a remote (so we can get out of shot)
- Photos are taken 1-metre apart
- Your 360-degree virtual tour is hosted on Google Maps/Street View. It works.
- You can embed a Google tour on your own website (as you can see above)
- Google determine the initial orientation of any image people find via Google Maps/Street View. Currently this can not be changed, so it could be a view of a wall, or, if it is an outside shot, a photo of your competition!
- Our 360-deg images are about , with a full 360-deg field of view horizontally and vertically. They are more than adequate for viewing scenes on a smartphone and typical PC. If you want people to be able to zoom in and read detail, the images may not be adequate.
- If you rotate an image and look downwards towards the nadir, you may see either (a) parts of the tripod stand, and/or the photographer (b) Our attempts to edit out the tripod/photographer (c) Our logo. This part of the imge may not be perfect.
- Camera used: Ricoh Theta SC 360-deg camera which produces 14 megapixels (5376 x 2688) images
- In order to get the photos to connect properly, Google recommends that outside photos are taken about 3 metres apart, and inside photos about 1 metre apart. To estimate how many photos you need, pace out the route you want, and add 25 – 30%. For example, 30 steps plus a third is 40 photos. (And I know that 30% is not quite a third)
- A shoot takes about one minute per photo. It might take longer if there are lots of people around, it might be quicker if everything works correctly.
- I won’t do a shoot if it is raining, as (a) there will be raindrops on the lens that distort the images, and (b) your business won’t look as good as it could be
- Post editing of the images (I mainly use Adobe Photoshop) takes up to four times as much time again, and may include:
- Reducing the light level of overexposured highlights
- Boosting the light levels of shadows
- Tweaking the white, black, colours, and overall exposure
- Increasing the colour temperature for warmth
- Checking that the seams between the image from different lenses, have not produced a visible seam
- Checking and blurring out inappropriate imagery (eg. license plates, faces of the public, anything that may be considered offensive)
- Pano2VR software enables the creation of your virtual tour, including:
- Checking that the horizon of each image is levelled correctly
- Checking that the location of each image is correct
- Specifying links between image panoramas
- Associating your virtual tour with your business
- Optionally adding descriptive labels (eg. kitchen department)
- Optionally adding floor levels (eg. Ground floor, first floor)
- Uploading your virtual tour to Google Maps
- Once your tour has been uploaded to Google Maps, it typically takes 24-48 hours before your image appear, and a further 24 hours before the links start working. It has been known to take a few hours, or a week or so.
- After you have viewed your tour, I am happy to make some corrections (eg. a face that has not been blurred), but if a bottle of fizzy drinking accidentally gets into shot, I probably won’t remove it!
- I am not responsible for issues caused by Google, so if Google Maps or part of your tour becomes unavailable, we’ll just have to wait until it is fixed. I will of course investigate, and do my best to resolve such issues.
- If it doubt, ask!
|360-deg virtual tour, up to 20 published images
Up to 30 minutes travelling each way
Checking and correcting your Google Maps listing
|Extra 10 images (360-deg, and regular photos)||£50|
|Extra travelling time||£20 per 30 minutes|
|Add your company logo to the nadir of each image||£40|
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