Virtual Twilight for any photo

Virtual Twilight for any photo

We transform any day photo into twilight

Introducing a new service for any photo – the Virtual Twilight upgrade.

The virtual twilight upgrade takes ONE day-time photo and simulates a twilight scene using Photoshop.  It is not a replacement for twilight photography with multi-bracketed shots or advanced lighting techniques that will bring in the interior space view.  These examples are representative of the kind of lighting and window views you should expect.  We do try to remove shadows (unlike the other guys that just darken the photo so shadows are visible), add lighting effects and adjust window color to simulate twilight photography.  However, if you are expecting to clearly see the inside of the home and have no window reflections, please do not order this option as refunds will not be provided.

– just move the slider back and forth to see the difference between the original and the edited photo –

Pricing of the virtual twilight is $35 per photo edited, and you can order it as you place an order.  See examples of skies available and of finished photos below.

 – click any image to see it full screen with the selected sky –

Please email us with your requests or questions as we do have other skies we can select from if you have a special circumstance.  Note: you can also order this option after your order has been produced by emailing customer care or call us at 866-810-3816.

– other sample images – 

Drone Shots Made Easy

Adding aerial images and video can really add a wow factor to a normal listing.  In this post I detail some of the tips and tricks I use in drone shooting.  Hopefully it can help you too.

I am flying with a Mavic Pro2 with the Hasselblad camera.  The thing I like about the Mavic is it is small, easy to maneuver, stable and the camera lens and sensor are great.  I also have a Phantom 3 Advanced, and I find it a bit harder to use, and less stable.  So if you are still using a Phantom, you might think of upgrading.  

Creating an aerial video is not hard.  The FloorPlanOnline production department will take your video clips and make a custom video.  All we need is raw footage to help us tell the story.  You can check out the FPO Air doc on some key moves you should have for each video.  I also have compiled a few videos from YouTube that explain some of the modes that help make it easier.  The Mavic has more but the Phantoms also have various flight modes.  Just search YouTube for your specific model and modes.  

At the end of the day, we just need some stable, well exposed clips to put in a video.  These are generally 2-5 second clips.  All you need to do is fly and record and FPO Production will extract the clips out of the footage.  Just follow the shots in the FPO Air doc.  

 

 

Staff Photographer Positions

Staff Photographer Positions

Our Growing Real Estate Photography and FloorPlan Company is currently looking to add Real Estate Photographers / FAA Certified Drone Pilots to the team in multiple locations.  We may also consider you for an area manager position which entails a deeper relationship with FloorPlanOnline as a licensee of our system.  Locations include:

  • Seattle, WA (to work with our area manager)
  • Portland, OR
  • Southern California (to work with our area manager)
  • Chicago ((to work with our area manager)
  • Denver, CO
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Bay Area, CA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Spokane, WA
  • Boise, ID
  • Bend, OR
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Boston, MA
  • Carleston, SC
  • Florida (all areas)
  • Houston, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Nashville, TN
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Washington, DC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Rhode Island
  • Upstate NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cincinnati, OH

As a Real Estate Photographer, you will be responsible for providing a series of creative, high quality HDR photographs of the home and neighborhood amenities, as well as Drone Photos & Video for Residential and Commercial Properties.  No editing or HDR processing is required as we use our centralized production team to process the photos.

You will also be required to use a Matterport camera to create 360 visuals and floor plans for properties (leveraging the FloorPlanOnline system that converts Matterport into a floor plan).  Having an existing Matterport camera is a plus, but not a requirement.

Equipment needed:

  • DSLR Camera (full frame preferred)
  • Wide Angle Lens for equivalent of 10 to 16 mm
  • Heavy Duty Tripod
  • External Flash
  • Drone with Photo and Video capacity
  • Reliable vehicle and valid license, with current insurance
  • Computer with Internet access.
  • Laser measuring device (preferred)
  • Matterport 3D camera and/or 360 Camera (Theta V or Z1)

You must have all of the items above (or be willing to procure them) to be considered for this position.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of experience preferred, however training will be provided.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong time management, multi-tasking and prioritizing skills
  • Flexible Schedule to work during normal business hours with some later nights a possibility
  • Resourceful, Helpful, and a Self Starter
  • Leader / Team Player
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • FAA Part 107 Certification (or pilot license)
  • Samples or website link of recent work

We would love to hear from you:

If you meet all the requirements above, enjoy working in a fast paced environment, like to meet new people, and like working in a different setting everyday, this could be the right fit for you.

Please provide samples of your work with your resume when applying for this position.

Job Type: Contract position, possibly market manager potential.

Salary: $50.00 to $75.00 /hour based on a per job payout.  The average payout will vary based on the job and location.

Is a FloorPlan worth a thousand pictures?

Is a FloorPlan worth a thousand pictures?

There was an interesting article published by RETechnology about the importance of floor plans for listings. See the article here.  In this article, they reference a Rightmove study out of the UK that indicated 20% of browsers would not even look at a property that did not have a floor plan, and the users ranked floor plans as more important than the listing photos and property info!  Wow.  Now, floor plans have been more prevalent in Europe, but the National Association of Realtors also does their own study each year of buyers and sellers, and guess what, floor plans were in the top 3 in terms of very helpful info, right behind photos and detailed property info.  See the NAR Study here.

As a FloorPlanOnline customer, you probably know this great info and present it as part of your listing presentation.  If not, take this as an opportunity to differentiate at the listing appointment to Wow your seller with how you will market their home.  After all, a seller was once a buyer, so what you present as to how you will attract buyers to the listing will just solidify your expertise regarding the right marketing strategy for the listing.  The seller will see the difference and likely select you!

Our tour platform is the most robust out there, hands down. First we are the only tour company in the US that owns their own 2D/3D floor plan tool.  This has great strategic importance for us, not only for tours, but for our HomeDiary platform as well. Our tours are also secure, which means you can not only embed the whole tour into a blog post or a website, like you see below, it helps us automatically convert the unbranded tour pulled from the MLS data feed to the branded tour on sites like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Redfin and even your company website and your personal one. Just configure your Brandkeepr settings under the profile.

Try this embedded tour – all content works, including on any mobile device.  Just start clicking!

Suggested action item for you.  Each time you have a listing, write a blog post describing the home, what is special about it or the location, and embed the tour into the page.  Then leverage social media channels to post the blog post link and get people coming to your site.  This is great content for Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram and more.