Virtual Tours from £135
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. Have a look at some examples:
Street View tour. Drag the image to move around, click the arrows to move through the tour
Why should you get a 360-deg Virtual Tour?
- Showcase what you sell or do
- Reveal the wider range of products and services you offer
- Transparency: Show that you have nothing to hide
- Engage your customers by satisfying their curiosity
- Circumvent health and safety: Let people see what’s going on without needing a hard hat.
- Documenting/Archiving: Keep an illustrated record
- Insurance: Show how things were
- Safety: If you need more than a map
How do I make a 360-deg Virtual Tour?
- I visit your business
- I take photos using my 360-degree camera.
- Off site, I check, and if necessary, edit the location and quality of every image
- I orientate and connect the images together into a tour
- I upload the images to Google Street View
- After 24-48 hours, the virtual tour is available to anyone using Google Maps and Google Street View
- Google Street View images can be embedded on your website (such as the example above)̣ Details here.
- You can also host your virtual tour on your web site, in your content management system (WordPress, Drupal and Joomla), and a single panoramas can be uploaded to Facebooḳ
- 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 1-10m apart
- Your 360-degree virtual tour is hosted on Google Maps/Street View. It generally works well.
- You can embed a Google tour on your own website (as you can see above). Details here.
- Google determines 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 100 megapixels, with a full 360-deg field of view horizontally and vertically.
- 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: XPhase Pro S, which uses 25 lenses to make 100 megapixels (14000 x 7000) 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. But we have been successful with image that are 10m apart
- A shoot takes about five minutes per photo. It might take longer if there are lots of people around, it might be quicker if everything works first time.
- I won’t do an outdoor shoot if
- It is raining, as there will be raindrops on the lens that distort the images, and your business won’t look as good as it could be
- It is too windy; the tripod can blow over or wobble too much.
- Post editing of the images (I mainly use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop) takes up to four times as much time again, and may include:
- Reducing the light level of over-exposured 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. Sometimes, Google Maps does not connect the odd image, which is beyond our control.
- 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 drink 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||£20 per image|
30 mins free travel per 10 image
|£20 per 30 minutes|
|Add your company logo to the nadir of each image||£40|
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