October 2010 Blog Posts (8)

"Diminished Reality" does for Video what PatchMatch does for stills

I previously shared with you a technology called Patch Match which has now made its way into Photoshop CS5.

Some genius has figured out how to do that for video now, and in real-time to boot. Check out the embedded video for an incredible demonstration of this object removal algorithm for video.

You can all imagine how useful this could be for virtual tour…

Added by Alan Pinstein on October 15, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

You Guys Are Awesome!

Every time I turn around I notice that you guys have found yet another way to help us be more productive. I'm very impressed with everything that Alan, Paul and everyone else does to keep us cutting edge. The latest toy? QR codes! I've been researching this off and on for the last couple of months and was just about ready to move forward with getting them created. Well, now I don't have to. They've done it for us! You guys are the BOMB! Keep up the great work, and thank you!

Added by Mark Miranda on October 13, 2010 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

TourBuzz Service Update: Improved Spherical Support, QR Codes, Deep Linking, and more!

We've got a great batch of minor updates to share with you today.

Improved Spherical Support
TourBuzz now allows you to set max and min values for the tilt in spherical panos. This makes it easy to prevent people from looking down at an unfinished nadir.

Even better, TourBuzz detects "empty" nadir region in sphericals and automatically sets the tilt minimum saving you time and frustration. If you are already doing…

Added by TourBuzz Support on October 13, 2010 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Virtual Staging

Three years ago, while the market tanked, we saw that we had an increase of photo shoots of empty homes/townhomes/condos. Whether it was a result of divorce, foreclosure, death - there was a sharp increase in home inventory. The empty homes were all competing with the already large inventory of well furnished, staged homes.

Unfortunately, with the high costs associated with rental furniture and staging, neither the realtor or…


Added by Michael Basch on October 11, 2010 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

Architectural Photography and the Uncanny Valley

In the field of robotics there's an idea called the Uncanny Valley. The idea is that people prefer robots that look more like humans, but only to a point. Once they resemble humans very closely, but not exactly, they start to freak people out.

In architectural photography, this feels somewhat analogous to the situation with straightening verticals (keystone correction). When people view images that aren't corrected, they…

Added by Alan Pinstein on October 10, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

TourBuzz Customer Reviews

Hi everyone,

We are automating the Customer Reviews on the site using a 3rd party. We would greatly appreciate adding a review to the site when you have a few minutes.

Here is the link:…


Added by Paul Rodman on October 8, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

The Article We have all been waiting for in Wall Street Journal


Add this Image to all of your marketing materials:(credit RedFin)

Attention desperate home sellers. Don’t want to lower the price on your house? Consider better photos. Real-estate listings that use photographs taken by the…


Added by Paul Rodman on October 7, 2010 at 9:01am — No Comments

More Proof of How Professional Photography Has a Positive ROI!

RedFin has shared a great study on the effect of professional photography and real estate selling prices. The study, called RedFin Blog: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Dollars: True or False?, uses real MLS data to determine the value-add of… Continue

Added by Alan Pinstein on October 5, 2010 at 8:02am — No Comments

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