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Why are businesses being photographed and how can I see the pictures?
Google Trusted Photographers are taking high-quality still photographs that will be stitched into 360-degree views using panoramic camera technology.
These Trusted Photographers are independent contractors who have been trained and certified by Google to produce high quality panoramic images.
As a business owner, you can also upload your own photographs to Google by signing into Google Places.
You’ll be able to see the photos and 360-degree panoramic imagery directly on Google search results and on your Place page.
How can Google Street View Trusted help my business?
When potential customers search for your business by name on Google, they will see the images displayed directly on the search results page.
These panoramic images will also be published on Google Place pages, Google Maps and other Google properties and give customers a better sense of the layout, decor and beauty of your business interior.
Using easy-to-use html snippets or Maps APIs, you can also link to these images from your own business website, attracting potential customers who visit your website too. tour.
What will the Trusted Photographer do that I can’t do myself?
Trusted Photographers are trained to take high quality photos of building interiors, accommodating for common challenges such as low lighting and tight spaces.
The photographers are also certified to take pictures using fisheye lenses and rotating camera turrets (mounted on tripods) that, once uploaded to Google’s processing pipelines by photographers, will be transformed into 360-degree panoramic imagery and a walk through of your business.
Once photographers upload the pictures from their cameras, Google’s processing pipelines use sophisticated image stitching, HDR, image matching and other technologies to produce these panoramic walkthroughs.
What is the cost to get my business photographed?
Prices start from just €290 + VAT and include the shoot, subsequent processing and uploading of the virtual tour and feature photographs onto the Google servers.
Prior to any photo shoot, we will present the Service Agreement, specifying our services, for your acceptance.
The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment you will have a licence to use images that have been taken.
Where are Trusted Photographers currently active?
Trusted Photographers Contemporary Photography are scheduling photo shoots with business owners all over Ireland at present.
If I enquire about this programme, am I committed to participate?
No. We will contact you to discuss details and receive confirmation from you before photographing your business.
Do I have the right to use the photographs taken by a Trusted Photographer?
Yes, you will be given a license to use the Point of Interest photographs taken by the Google Trusted Photographer once you have paid for this service and the shoot is completed.
Keep in mind that by signing the agreement, provided by the Google Trusted Photographer, you will also license the use of the photos to Google who will publish the imagery.
In addition the Trusted Photographer retains the right to use the images and Virtual Tour.
Can I review the photos after they are taken and before they go live on my Place page?
Because of the technology takes individual unstitched and unreviewed images that need considerable processing after they are uploaded by the photographer, to produce the attractive ‘walk- through’ experience, you will not be able to review the images before they are uploaded to Google.
You may preview the images before the Virtual Tour goes live, by paying an additional fee in advance. This option will delay final publication of the tour.
When do I pay for the photo shoot?
Your Google Trusted Photographer must be paid in full before the tour can be uploaded onto the Google servers.
A non-refundable booking fee of 50% is payable when the tour is booked. This fee is credited in full against the final cost of the tour.
The balance must be paid on the day of the shoot in cash, by inter bank transfer or by credit or debit card.
What measures are in place to ensure privacy and legal compliance?
Photo shoots will exclude any areas of your businesses which you would not like to feature.
In addition, our photographers will always alert customers and employees before a photo is taken, to uphold their privacy.
All panoramic imagery will be processed by our state-of-the-art blurring technology to blur out faces of any employees or customers who appear in the imagery.
At any time you may request additional blurring or takedown of entire images through our Report a Problem link at either the bottom of the pano image, or within your Place page.
Who from my business can give legal permission for the photo shoot?
You must have the proper authority to allow the Google Trusted Photographer access to the business premises to collect photographs and to subsequently allow Google to use those photographs in its products and services.
People with this authority include the owner of the business or a director or manager with the designation to make those commitments on behalf of the business.
Please note that by agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and the Google Maps Business View Terms of Service, before your photo shoot, you are confirming that you have the authority to make that commitment.
Will Google be using the imagery in other applications besides Place pages?
Google may use these images in other products and services in new ways that will make your business information more useful and accessible to users.
For example, further integration with Google Maps will allow customers to find these images easily from the 360-degree Street View imagery of nearby roads for many locations.
Can I blur the images or take down all panoramas from by business listing?
Yes, if you see a major issue you can ask us to blur some areas in each of the panoramic images.
You may also ask us to take down all panoramas. At this time we are unable to take down individual panoramas.
To request blurring or takedown click on the “Report a Problem” link on the specific images where you see issues and provide the requested information.
Please note that the blurring/removal process may take several days.
What is the relationship between a Trusted Photographer and Google?
Trusted Photographers are independent contractors/businesses that are not employed by Google, agents of Google or affiliated with Google in any way.
Google has certified them because they meet Google’s standards of quality for taking the feature pictures and panoramic pictures, uploading them, moderating them and eventually publishing them on Google properties.
Could my photos be removed for other reasons?
Yes, your photos might be removed if they are found to violate the Google photo policy.
Although all business images undergo quality review before being uploaded, some photos may still be reported as inappropriate and later removed.
If I’m not the business owner, can I request the removal of a photo?
Similar to our policy for Street View imagery, our “Report a Problem” tool enables users to request further blurring of images that feature the user in the 360-degree imagery.
Users can also request the removal of images that display inappropriate content, and business owners can ask us to remove 360-degree images taken by Trusted Photographers through the “Report a problem” link or the “Report inappropriate photo” link for feature photos.
Can I have a repeat photo shoot?
Yes, you are welcome to engage with your Google Trusted Photographer and coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you’d like, but it is up to the individual Trusted Photographer to decide the cost.
Many businesses who have recently renovated their interiors or that have seasonal decor will request a reshoot.
Remember that you can always upload your own up-to-date still photographs through Google Places as well.
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