Real Estate Virtual Reality Tours

Here is a quick video of Glenna Richards explaining what a Virtual Reality (VR) Tour for Real Estate is.

VR Tours are not "Virtual Tours." I know that is confusing.

"Virtual Tours" are still image slideshows set to music.

VR Tours are user controlled tours that allow the user to explore the property.

VR Tours are also compatible with Google Cardboard.

Want to try out a tour in Cardboard? Click Here on your mobile device, touch the cardboard symbol and then put your phone into your Cardboard.

Security with a Google Street View Virtual Tour

Diamonds Direct
1911 US-17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Stores with security like banks, jewelry stores, high end shops, etc. can have concerns about putting a virtual tour on Google. They fear that criminals would be able to "case" a place without walking in the door. I would like to put this "superstition" to rest once and for all.

Consider this, you have great security, like Diamonds Direct, and some criminal mastermind decides to Google your business. When they pull up the 360 tour they start to notice how tight the security really is and dismiss the business as a viable place. This has kept the criminal out of your store all together!

While I do my best to show a business accurately in the virtual tour, I also like a clean tour that doesn't block any of the location. I don't like to include people in the virtual tour. This would be very confusing for any criminal trying to research the business. They would not know where the security guard stands or see how the employees use the business space. They would have to physically come in there to see who is where.

Google Street View virtual tours are designed to show "public" areas. This means that employee only areas like behind the counters, in private offices, in the security station, etc. will be kept private. Criminals can not find out where or how to disable the alarm or any other security measure just by looking at the virtual tour.

 A virtual tour of your secure business with deter criminal intentions by showing your robust security system, keeping them guessing about where security guards and employees are stationed, and does not show any employee areas with security system controls. These things only add to the value of Google Street View virtual tours. Check out the additional value of Google Street View for your business at

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A Tour of Charleston Harbor

Exclusive Fishing Charters

There is nothing quite like being on the water as the sun rises. It was a beautiful morning and full of photographic challenges, but worth every second.

Exclusive Fishing Charters Boat at SunriseCaptain John contacted me with the idea to take a tour of Charleston by boat and put it on his Google My Business listing. While his main business is fishing, the boat ride and views of Charleston from the water are second to none. It was a beautiful morning as the sun rose and we started at the Wappoo Landing. From there we went to the Ashley, out to the Charleston Harbour, the jetties, the Battery and of course the Ravenel Bridge and Yorktown.  Some areas were calmer than others, which is quite useful when creating images that rely on you camera being perfectly level.

It takes 12 photos to create 1 photosphere. Out by the jetties was the most difficult as we bobbed up and down, and I tried to time the camera being in the same place for 1/30th of a second (longer than you think). So use the arrows on the tour above to take a step in the boat and be transported to different places on the water in Charleston. I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I enjoyed the challenge.

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Google Street View Prominently Placed on Google Daydream

What an exciting time we live in! We can virtually go places that were not possible before. Google Daydream was announced at Google IO2016 and I am so excited to share it with you. There are a ton of technical terms used to describe how amazing Daydream is going to be. If you are not familiar with Daydream, it is basically VR that you can interact with on a level that feels so real. It feels so real that in one example, people are teleported to a 150 foot diving board and asked to jump off. Even though people are there virtually, in reality they are standing on solid ground. They will not jump off the diving board. It is too real.

Above is an image of Google Daydreams home screen. You will notice that Google Street View is prominently placed. This is so exciting for me in my business. The tours that I create for people can become virtual reality experiences on a new level. People will be able to interact and create amazing fantasy worlds but that doesn't even compare to the beautiful world that we live in. If you have Google Cardboard, you can already explore Google Street View virtually. I am very excited to see how Daydream enhances this experience. More later . . .