I remember when I got my first big screen high definition television. It was delivered right before the Master’s golf tournament and I finally understood the hype about that particular golf course. I watched the Master’s every year with a golfer who had played Augusta National many times and had told me about how difficult the course was. Watching the tournament on a normal TV, I couldn’t understand what the big deal was compared to other courses but when I watched it in high definition, I could suddenly see all the undulations and variations in the greens and even though I don’t golf, I got it!
A similar change has recently come about with our virtual tour business, Vision Quest Virtual Tours. We recently began shooting our images using High Dynamic Range photography and the difference is unbelievable. My husband Greg is a great photographer and has always captured beautiful images to create our 360 degree virtual tours but regular photography has certain limitations. Our panoramic images are created using 12 individual scenes blended together to form one picture. A full 360 degree spin might include a wall of windows on one side of a room and a long hallway on the other. Even a great photographer is limited in creating an image that is exposed correctly for these two extremes. The result is that the windows were somewhat blown out and the hallway was somewhat dark. The stitching software would then try to compensate for these extremes and the panoramic image lost some of its crispness and clarity.
Enter High Dynamic Range photography! In HDR photography, each indiviual scene is photographed 9 times from the very same spot – using 9 different exposures ranging from the very darkest to the very brightest. These 9 images are then blended together so that the best of each setting is highlighted to create one picture. Now instead of 12 images making up a 360 degree panorama, we take 108 individual shots! Greg then uses several software programs to create a panoramic image that is exposed for both the light and dark areas of the expanse. The results are simply amazing!
Take a look at this tour — http://rtvpix.com/RE-4942-W7JVIF-01. My favorite shot in this tour is the panoramic view of the mountains and the lake off the back deck. That one spin really shows off the HDR process. You can clearly see the logs inside the outdoor fireplace AND the rain storm falling on a far mountain AND the detail of the bedspread through the bedroom window! The picture of the front of the house looks almost like a painting!
Vision Quest Virtual Tours is proud to now offer this level of photography on ALL of our virtual tours at no extra cost. We have always said that we want to have the freedom to showcase your business and provide you with our best work at a price that works within your budget. HDR photography takes that commitment to an all new level!
Vision Quest Virtual Tours specializes in behavioral healthcare virtual tours and tours for healthcare, hospitality and education. To learn more about how to showcase your facility, visit our website at www.VisionQuestVirtualTours.com of give us a call at 404-863-9769.