If you become a Google 360 trusted photographer and win the trusted badge of Google Street View, Google will place you in the online search index of for-hire professionals. You will be well-acclaimed as a photographer. People across the globe will get to see your work. You can earn some extra bucks with it too. And the good news is, you don't need to be a professional photographer to avail this opportunity, it is open for all. You only need to have a 360-degree camera and you are ready to go. Being a Google-certified street view photographer will boost your career. In this article, you will be guided thoroughly to become a Google trusted photographer.
Things to do to become a Google trusted photographer
The main idea of Google street view photography is simple. Wherever you go, be it a restaurant or a shopping mall in your locality, capture its 360-degree photographs so that Google can connect these pictures to create a virtual tour for the audience. It will help that business to grow and boost your reputation too. To make money as a Google street view photographer, you need to download the Google Street View App and publish 50 photos, and all of them should be 360 degrees. You need to keep the photos 1 meter or 3 ft apart when you are clicking indoors and 3 meters or 9 ft apart when you are shooting outdoors.
By successfully doing so, you will be eligible to get the Google Street View badge. Besides, Google will mail you stating that you are a Trusted Pro and acknowledge you as one of their local guides. After filling out a form sent in the mail, you can enable the “Available for Hire” option. You will get access to resources of Google that only photo agencies and pro photographers are eligible to access. After that, whenever a business owner will search on Google to hire a 360-degree photographer, your name will be shown in the list. you will also be able to sell your photo service to local businesses and earn money.
Other criteria that you need to fulfill
You must follow the guidelines of Google to produce photographs that Google will approve. The most important ones are as follows- the image quality must be 14 mp or more which is approximately 5,300 x 2,650 px. The image aspect ratio should be 2:1. There should not be any gap in the photo near the horizon. You should be careful that there is no stitching error in your photo. Photos with motion blur will be rejected. You must not use any kind of filters or effects that distorts the original scene. If you have people in your photos, make sure they have full consent over being clicked. You should add the correct geographical location of the photo. Never take any photo of a place where it is not permitted. Do not click hateful scenes. Go through the Sales and Branding guidelines of Google too.
Always keep in mind why you are clicking a photo. Who is your audience and what do they expect when they search in Google to increase their online visibility with excellent photos? It will help you to click publishable photos for Google. If you have any queries regarding this, put your question in the Google products forum.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.