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Darryl Crawford
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Username: Lyrrad

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 1:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post


I run a virtual tour company in Vancouver, BC and I have a question in respect to exposing images properly for real estate. On my interior vtours I can expose the interior of a room properly but I always receive the wash out effect through the windows, which is common on vtours. There is a company in Florida, www.pix360.net, and they are posting their vtours with no wash out through the windows..you can see the view through the windows while viewing the interior of the room.

I've never seen this before and I would like to incorporate this into my vtours but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. Does anyone have any idea how they are doing this? I tried to talk to the owner of the company but he wouldn't release the information.

Thanks in Advance
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John Strait
Username: Jstrait

Post Number: 108
Registered: 5-2001
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 3:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

The subject of photographing interiors is very complex. Many books and articles have been written on this subject. See, for example, How to Photograph Architecture (Interior) by Philip Greenspun.

I do not know how pix360 made their images, but I can tell you how we handled this for our own sample virtual tour. We arranged to make the photos at dusk (or dawn). We waited until the exterior and interior lighting were balanced. The Kitchen image in our tour shows this most successfully.

Another solution would be to use powerful artificial lighting to balance with the exterior light. You can use photographic flash units hidden behind chairs, etc. and/or replace the light bulbs in the room with photofloods.

Outdoor lighting has a bluish quality at dusk and dawn, more than during the day. This is one way to tell whether the pictures are made at dawn or dusk. You might try to judge for yourself whether this is what pix360 have done.

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