Virtual Tours and 360 Photography In South Florida

The Best 3D Virtual Tours In Florida

If you are looking for some the best 3D Virtual Tours and 360 Photos in South Florida you have come to the best place- ah360 Photography.

Where ah360 truly stands out?

Our photos and videos are made shareable to any device or any platform, ANYWHERE!  We do this by cleverly turning our 360 Photos and 360 Videos into standard viewing videos.  Once you have a regular video file you can Text, Tweet, Post to Instagram, or send anywhere you would like frankly.  For more information on this process and how all of the platforms are images are shared, please contact us at your convenience. 

Why AH360 3D Virtual Tours & Video?

To the left is an example of a 360 VR Video placed on YouTube as a standard view video.  And no, you probably won’t find anyone filming in 360 going 60mph on a boat out in the ocean, but that is our dedication to being bold and delivering you something you just won’t get anywhere else.

How Do You Take A 360 Degree Photo

When it comes to shooting a 360-degree photo or taking pictures that you plan on stitching into a 3D Virtual Tour, you don’t want to make the mistake of assuming its a bunch of photos a computer puts together and you’re done.  Additionally, you also don’t want to make the mistake of thinking any photographer is up to the task.  If you are serious about your 360 photos or what you intend to use them for, you should call someone with experience like ah360 Photography.    

Although it is true that there are now many 360 consumer/prosumer cameras on the market such as:

.. These cameras are still not anywhere near capable of creating the types of professional high-resolution images that a DSLR, taking 6 or more photos stitched together, can produce.   Reason being:  Sensor size.  These cameras are fitted with 2 to as many as 8 (Or More) sensors to capture their surroundings with one shot.  To fit all of these sensors, they have to be significantly smaller than a camera designed to only house 1, and smaller sensors mean less light and fewer details in each image.  

Yes, there are cameras with large DSLR sensors in them, and if you have 10k-30k you can get them.  However, most photographers can’t afford cameras that size that have only one purpose: 360.  

360 Video Is A Different Story

One edge I will give to the 360 cameras, which may or may not benefit your business or the subject of your photo shoot, is in capturing 360 videos.  A DSLR simply can’t do that alone and today’s modern 360 cameras are producing some good quality, even at the consumer/prosumer level.  My favorite smaller 360 cameras being the YI 360 VR, second to GoPro Fusion. 

One edge I will give to the 360 cameras, which may or may not benefit your business or the subject of your photo shoot, is in capturing 360 videos.  A DSLR simply can’t do that alone and today’s modern 360 cameras are producing some good quality, even at the consumer/prosumer level.  My favorite smaller 360 cameras being the YI 360 VR, second to GoPro Fusion. 

3D vs 360 Photo (What's The Difference)

3D and 360 photos/videos are actually two separate things.  3D is created using multiple cameras so as to provide depth as your own eyes (2) would perceive a scene.  360 is merely the ability to “Spin” around inside of a panoramic image from 0 to 360 degrees.  

DSLR vs Modern 360 Cameras (2018)

One area where the differences stand out greatly is in the shadows.  Below I will use a standard photo I shot in a restaurant.  To represent shadows you would be looking underneath the tables and behind some of the chairs. 

ah360 photography real estate 3d virtual tour

On a 360 camera, these areas might appear darker, to the point where you start to lose so much detail that the image doesn’t appear how the scene would to the naked eye.  This takes the viewer out of an immersive state, or essentially, it removes the viewers ability to “Feel as if they are there”. 

In 3D or 360 photos, if you can’t immerse someone in your images, you will lose the viewer and with it any value that creating the photo could ever bring you.

Another area where a DSLR stands out for 360 Photos is in the quality and detail, especially farther away.  Here at ah360 we use a 46 megapixel Nikon Full Frame Sensor.  Stitched together the Images created by one of our photos is an effective 200 megapixels (Give or take).  We, of course, render those down, but when looking at a professional 360 camera like the Insta 360 pro, they only shoot at around 8 k which is 28 megapixels.  More Pixels = More Detail.

Matterport (Alternative?)

The one standout for many businesses, and you probably have encountered the product because they spend a TON on marketing and advertising, is Matterport.

Matterport is a big box looking camera that has but one use:  Virtual Tours.  The biggest problem with Matterport for me is that neither myself or the client own the images!

It’s All About Owning Your Images

Because we can’t Matterport images and put them on your or our Facebook page, YouTube Channels, Instagram, or create clips you can send to people on your phone.  In other words, we can’t get creative to fulfill the specific needs of our clients, and that is our strong suit.

If you do use Matterport or are considering an agency that does, anything shot on those devices is put into their cloud where the Matterport software does all of the stitching a visual creation.  There it remains only usable through certain links you are provided to send across various platforms.  Is Matterport Worth It?  Their 3D mapping is pretty cool in how it lays out a structure’s interior, but if the average consumer necessarily requires it or makes purchasing decisions based on a map?  Can’t say, so I’ll let you decide.  But for ah360 Photography, it’s more important to own our images and be able to provide our clients with copies if they so choose. 

-Sharing may be big among consumers, but businesses should have more control!

Proper Equipment For 360 Virtual Tours

Like anything in Professional Photography, if you are doing it right you are well equipped.  For a proper 360 a photographer should have:

  • Fisheye Lens
  • Tripod
  • Panoramic head (AKA Pano Head)
The lenses used “Could” be wide angle if a photographer so chooses, or has limited equipment, however, this will require more shooting and stitching in post-production.  For the tripod, I personally have a travel tripod for hard to reach areas or, of course, traveling.  But, when possible a sturdy well-designed tripod should be used to ensure level shots all the way around.
 
And I also recomend a remote trigger.  It removes your hand from the camera, which like the tripod build quality, is all about ensuring a steady and level shot.

360 Photos on Facebook and Instagram

Above you will see two videos related to uploading 360 images to Facebook and/or Instagram.  The video to your left is strictly related to images taken with a mobile device then uploaded directly to Facebook.  The video on the right is the process I use here at ah360 for making 360 images and Virtual Tours something that can be shared across any social media channel you choose.

Both are very educational and demonstrate that 3d Virtual Tours and 360 images have evolved greatly in just the past few years.  As of 2018, you no longer are limited to an embedded link on a company website, you now have very high-quality images that are capable of being placed anywhere the average business or individual may need them to be.

Google Virtual Tours (Maps)

Google has actually been in the Virtual Tour game awhile now, first with their street view (Maps) application, then more recently with their ability to offer local businesses the opportunity to have customers virtually tour (Using 360 Photos) their location from home or any mobile device.  As you might expect, businesses in South Florida jumped on the Google 360 Tour Train Quickly!

Google Street View Photography (Google My Business)

Google My Business is an absolutely essential tool for any local business, and it’s ability to add photos and 360 photography should not be taken lightly!

You are probably thinking…

“I have a website, what more can I get from Google My Business?  Two words = It’s Google!

Working with ah360 Photography to enhance and draw out every last drop of power that a properly built GMB Listing is going to give you a distinct advantage over the competition, just look at a Map Pack Listing:

Google Map Pack ah360 Photography

AH360 Related Photography Services

Aside from our 360 Photography and Video, we offer a wide variety of services.  Actually, we also use 360 Photos for almost all of our other services here as well.  Why not?  Some our other areas of expertise are:  

Professional and Efficient Business

These days, anyone can pick up a camera, and they do!  No matter what type of service I have ever needed to contract, I have always noticed that South Florida offers a wide variety of people who claim one result, and deliver another.  For these types of people it’s about how to get paid today, but with AH360 it’s about how we can build a relationship with our clients that not only lasts but grows.  For businesses or commercial clients we are not simply a photography or digital media agency, we are like-minded entrepreneurs that realize the bigger your business gets, the more work you will need from us.   This is why we show up on time, dress appropriately, use only the most up to date and modern photography equipment.  In addition, we are always testing new technology, like 360 cameras for example, and developing methods of creating and distributing images across the web with Google SEO techniques, because if no one ever sees your photos, do they really exist?

Competative Pricing

When I say we understand what it means to be a small business owner or an individual who simply appreciates quality photos for their family, I mean it.  For this reason, we keep our prices super affordable charging less than the average professionals $150-$200 an hour.  We try our best to factor in how we can reduce your cost, such as if we have another shoot that day, or if we can use your photos for our own promotion to acquire new business.  Being fair and reasonable is an essential part of how we price our jobs and once we have a better understanding of what is required of us, we will work with you on a price that is very fair to your bottom line.

Other Locations Serviced In South Florida

We are proudly located In Fort Lauderdale, Florida offering a range of Professional Photography services covering other areas of South Florida Including but not limited to:

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