The Sign Up Process
How does the Business Photos program 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 Plus 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.
Why are businesses being photographed and how can I see the pictures?
Macklin Business Photography are taking high-quality still photographs that will be stitched into 360-degree views using panoramic camera technology. Macklin Business Photography are independent contractors who have been trained and certified by Google to produce high quality panoramic images.
What will the Macklin Business Photographer do that I can't do myself?
Macklin Business 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.
Are there any restrictions on what type of businesses can participate?
Currently, we are not photographing legal, medical, corporate, religious or large chain establishments.
What is the relationship between a Macklin Business Photography and Google?
Macklin Business Photography is a Google Trusted Photographer, and is an independent contractors/businesses not employed by Google, not an agent of Google or affiliated with Google in any way. Google has certified Macklin Business Photography 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.
What is the cost to get my business photographed?
Macklin Business Photographers offer their services at a fair market value. With package prices starting at $299 (depending on size of location), the program is a great value! There are no hidden costs or monthly hosting fees. Imagery can also be updated as often as you wish (great for showcasing those new displays and design!). Prior to any photo shoot, Macklin Business Photography will present the Service Agreement, specifying their services, for your acceptance. The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment, you will own the images that have been taken.