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Google Inside View Photography FAQ
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
To prepare your clinic for your Google Inside View photo shoot, we have compiled frequently asked questions on this page.
How long does it usually take to complete a Business View photo shoot?
Typically completed in 1-3 hours.
Which areas of my clinic will be photographed?
You can tell us exactly what you want to highlight and what you do not want the public to see. Typically if it is an area of your clinic that customers, or clients have access to when they are in your clinic, it should be a part of the tour. Offices, worker only areas, storage areas, and bathrooms are typically not part of the tour. The photographer can discuss these specifics before or during the shoot.
What CANNOT be photographed for the Business View tour?
The following types of subjects cannot appear in any photos taken for the tour.
- illegal content
- violations of copyright
- trademark infringement
- pornography or nudity
- incitement of violence
- promotions of hate
- invasion of privacy
- drugs or drug paraphernalia
What should I do to prepare my clinic location for the photo shoot?
- Your clinic should look like it does when it is open to the general public.
- Clean windows as needed, especially ones in the main entrance-way area where it can catch the light and look dirty in a photograph.
- Vacuum and Dust as needed where it would be visible from an eye-level position in general.
- Put all personal and personally identifiable items out of site as well as anything else that you don't want photographed and made publicly viewable.
- Arrange merchandise, artwork, feature areas, public displays, seasonal decorations, etc as you want them to be captured.
What measures are in place to ensure privacy?
The photographer will alert customers and employees before a photo is taken, to uphold their privacy. Google’s policy states that all faces visible in the tour must be blurred out. Faces in the panoramic imagery are processed by Google's state-of-the-art facial recognition technology and then again manually verified by the Trusted Photographer for each photograph.
Can there be patients or employees present during the photo shoot?
People CAN be visible during the virtual tour portion of the photo shoot but their faces will be blurred out during the post-shoot image processing. Also it is important to note that people and objects that are moving during the shoot can cause varying degrees of blurs and streaks in the finished tour. Many businesses prefer when possible to perform the photo shoot when the business can be shown in a "pristine state". Also note that the camera hardware itself is tripod mounted and will be occupying and blocking primary locations in the business for a short period of time at each tour point.