It’s Raining in August — Summer is Over!

We’ve been quite since June on our blog and are now taking a moment to catch our breath after an amazing (hot) summer with photo shoots across Texas.  It’s been raining cats and dogs throughout Texas, which is bizarre for August — which is the perfect bookend to a very busy month!  Since June 1, we’ve shot 52 Matterport Tours, visited over 20 apartment communities and shot over a dozen homes!

It’s been an exciting time for the Matterport platform as EXTERIOR panoramic tours are now available as well as an official Google Cardboard app for viewing in VR!

Additionally, we’re now launching Google Street View interior tours powered by the RICOH Theta S camera.  We’re currently testing and offering free street view for apartment communities that place an order for Matterport tours during the month of September.  Ask us about it.  We’re having fun with the tool, but don’t believe all the hype.  This little ‘Gadget of the Year’ device does a reasonable job, but with a very low aperture, it lacks the depth of field that you get with the Matterport Camera or traditional DSLR panoramas.  We’ll be posting examples and covering it a bit more in the following months.

Night Photography in Houston, TX

Modern Luxury!  3 Story Clubhouse – over 8,000 SQFT!

This amazing tour really takes advantage of the Matterport Dollhouse functionality as the third floor is only accessible via elevator or staircase.  We’ve contacted Matterport with an idea to tie the ‘MatterTags’ feature in with 360 Exterior Views and changing scenes as we’d love to let our clients ‘use’ elevators to access other floors in a model.  What do you think?

Sample Google Streetview with Ricoh Theta S

Using the default firmware and the Google Streetview App, we snapped a few ‘free’ tours for clients recently.  We’re looking forward to testing the Ricoh Theta S out further by using the native app with it’s HDR functionality that is not found in Google Streetview’s App.  We’re also looking forward to the ‘improved quality’ that the new firmware promises.  I’d love to see a fixed 2.0 aperture camera compensate for depth of field though …. stay tuned! 🙂

I am a bit critical of Google Streetview as I believe that the interface is extremely cumbersome and confusing for visitors.  For photographers, the ability to upload, refine and edit the way that the tour is composed is quite terrible too.  For a platform that has been available for so long, it’s amazing that a photographer does not have the ability to go to a control panel wherein all of their tours can be viewed, reviewed and revised.  For that reason, interior Street View tours are a bit of a gimmick.

Matterport 3D Showcase vs Google Street View is a Matterport 3D Service Partner and Google Street View Trusted Photographer.

We believe that both products are separate and are not competing technologies.  We’d love to break down the differences to help you choose which is right for you!


Why Matterport 3D Showcase is Better than Google Street View

Easier Navigation
Navigate seamlessly through a business, home or apartment using the mouse, a touch screen or your keyboard.  Zoom in and out of a doll-house or floorplan view. With Matterport, exploring is exciting!

Massive Number of Different Angles/Views
With Matterport, a home may have well over 100 different viewing angles that you can access as you walk through!  With traditional panoramas, each scene takes a great amount of post-processing and load time to view.  The same home may have 1 pano to every 10 matterport tours.

MatterTags / Schematic Floorplans / Added Features
Annotate items in the tour with a Mattertag to provide more information!  For under $40, you can also order schematic floorplans from a Matterport service partner and they are delivered within 24 hours.  That’s a great feature that takes advantage of the 3D Floorplan mapping technology!

Lower Cost
Matterport tours are affordably priced as the technology minimizes the cost of post-processing and developing the tour.

Sets a Standard for Quality and Consistency
Matterport tours are unedited tours — the Matterport Camera and Cloud platform creates consistent results and set a standard that can be trusted.


Why Google Street View is Better Than Matterport 3D Showcase

Indexed into your Google Listing
Your tour can be navigated directly from Google searches from the ‘See Inside’ option.Google-Streetview-Example

Outside Areas
Matterport is for indoor panoramas only.   Google Street View goes anywhere!

Higher Resolution / Higher Image Quality – Traditional panoramas can be post-processed and edited so they appear more like studio / magazine photograpy in nature.  This creates a very wide range of results in quality depending on the photographer.  If you use a great trusted photographer with a great portfolio of proven results, you’ll get great Street View images.

The Verdict –

Matterport is better for private residences, and detailed walkthrough tours as it has better user experience and overall engagement. It’s simply more fun!

Google Street View is better for search engine optimization.  Navigation can be very confusing as Street View tours are limited by the number of panoramas that are shot.  Taking a large number of panoramic tours is time consuming and costly, therefore, selective areas of interest are best.

Should I use Google Street View or Matterport?

Use both.  They both have a different purpose and are complimentary products.  Get a handful of panoramas shot for public areas that you want to market on Google; get Matterport tours of everything else!

Hopefully one day Matterport will be able to used to shoot exterior areas; and hopefully one day Google will work with Matterport to integrate their technology with built-in GPS into Street View.  It’s a no-brainer!

New Home Photography

The 815 Collection is a beautiful single story home in the prestigious Richwoods community in Frisco, TX from Landon Homes.  We love working hand-in-hand with builders to schedule shoots of homes right before closing to progressively build a full photographic inventory of homes.  Availability and consistency at a great price to show off great products

New 4,750 SQFT Model Home in Frisco, TX by Landon Homes

It’s always a treat to see the latest home designs from Landon Homes!  Dare I say this is the best one yet?  The Eastwood Collection is massive family home with 5 bedrooms, a media room, a game room and a kids media room!  Perfect home design for a big family living life large!  Their new model is located in the Richwoods master-planned community in Frisco, TX.

Beautiful 4,400 SQFT Home with Dual Grand Stair Entry

The 898 Collection from Landon Homes is the latest in the John R. Landon’s Signature Series of homes. This beautiful stucco exterior home is located in Richwoods, a masterplanned community in Frisco, TX. This elegant home features a beautiful entryway with dual staircases. Take a Matterport 3D tour and view our photo gallery of this stunning home!

5 Bedroom Luxury Home in Frisco, TX

We had the pleasure to shoot a 4,800 SQFT luxury home for Landon Homes in the masterplanned Richwoods community in Frisco, TX.

The 1010 Collection features a porte-cochère (That’s a detached garage with a covered entry), media room, elegant multi-level staircase and a massive master bathroom with one of the largest closets we’ve shot!  The shower was amazing!

We couldn’t help but shoot a 3D Virtual Tour to fully showcase this amazing home!

Check out the shots below!