Apple Valley Ohio Lake Community by Sam Miller

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Are There Any Websites That Feature Only Panoramic Photos?

During a trip to San Francisco I picked up an impressive real estate homes magazine that got me thinking.  Almost the entire homes magazine utilized wide panoramic photos of the homes and their views.  This was the first time I had seen so many panoramic photos utilized in one place and it really caught my eye because it was so nicely done.  Panoramics compared to standard format photos stand out!

My trip to San Francisco got my internal wheels turning and it got me wondering how else these type of photos in my market.  Has anyone created listing flyers or website page designs that use only panoramic photos?  If you have done this or if you have seen another website that has utilized this concept I would love to see it.  I believe using this concept will make our listings really stand out over other competing homes.

Kokosing Gap Trail

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsSam Miller • June 28 2008 01:09PM

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Hi Sam,

Do not know of any sites using only panoramic photos, but I know they can give you a much better perspective of views and layouts, especially here at the beach, with so many waterfront properties.  I have to say you have been a true inspiration over the last year since I had the opportunity to meet you at the Star Power Conf in Phoenix.  I doubt you remember but we had a brief conversation on the bus ride to the Diamond backs game regarding real pro, with John Smith.  I have continued to follow you blogs and websites.  Keep up the good work!  Hope all is well in Apple Valley, and if you and your family ever make it to Ocean City MD, look me up!

Ryan Haley

Posted by Ryan Haley, Ocean City MD Real Estate - DE Beach Home Realtor (Ryan@RyanHaley.com Ocean City MD Real Estate Sales) about 12 years ago

You might look at it this way too.  A panoramic shot is one that is short and wide.  A typical orientation is 4:3 where for every 4 units wide it's 3 units tall, like 800X600 for example.  Wide screen has become popular and many newer cameras will shoot 16:9.  Usually we think of panoramas as stitched photos or ones taken by special cameras, but I can take any photo, crop off the top and bottom and I have a panorama.  Yes, they are dramatic because we aren't used to seeing them and I usually like the look.  Your example is a great panoramic view.  However, some homes are not conducive to panoramic photos, especially two story homes with neighbors very close.  To make this a panoramic shot would require me to include the house on either side.  I guess what I'm saying is that panoramas are great, but they aren't for every occasion.

Posted by Lee Jinks (Jinks Realty) about 12 years ago

Ryan - Thanks so much for your kind words and I certainly remember you and that event was such a fun night (especially the laughs we had after the game when Alan S almost got left behind).  Your comment about the beach view and the waterfront homes is right on the money which is one of the reasons this idea has really got my attention.  I am thinking that showing the view from the deck of the home we have for sale will make a HUGE difference beyond just using it in the virual tour.  I am also thinking about shooting a really neat panoramic view taken from the lake showing the home from the water.  Both should get the consumers attention.  Again, great to hear from you.

Lee - I totally agree with you that this concept shouldn't be used in every situation.  I also like your idea of cropping the photo to convert a traditional photo into a panoramic.  Thanks!

 

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago

Sam didn't Alan show up on a rickshaw?  I do really like the idea of cropping a photo to give a more wide angle expansive look, especially for water, mt, or open views.  Like Lee stated it could be difficult with an exterior main photo of a home.  

Before crop 

After Crop

 

I have also played arround with panoramic 360 photos and just keept them plat for flyers, and brochures.

360 Flat

Posted by Ryan Haley, Ocean City MD Real Estate - DE Beach Home Realtor (Ryan@RyanHaley.com Ocean City MD Real Estate Sales) about 12 years ago

Ryan - Yes, Alan was getting the express ride on the rickshaw (still laughing).  I like your examples  of cropping and stitching also.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago

Ive seen some realtors use panoramic shots of homes that I thought set it apart from other listings if used right. I dont think that too many should be used for each listing but it does get a buyers attention when used right.

Posted by Stephen D White, E-Pro, ABR Cape Cod Real Estate (SDW Realty of Cape Cod) about 12 years ago

I would still love to see some real estate websites that are utilizing panoramic photos.  If you know of any please post a link here.  Thanks!

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago

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