Add Community Photos to your Virtual Tours

Would you like to add community photos to your virtual tour?  There are a few ways to get them from PreviewFirst.

Stock Images:  If you have a photography appointment and want to add community photos, please let us know before the appointment.  PreviewFirst maintains a database of stock imagery of many communities, including neighborhood signage, gates, club houses, gyms, pools, tennis courts, beaches, lakes, walking trails, etc.  If we already have the photos from a previous shoot, we can use those.  If we don’t have them, we’ll need to make sure the photographer has enough time to get them.  This is a complimentary service and community photos are considered ‘bonus” imagery.  We can only capture these photos IF we have enough time during the scheduled appointment. 

Common Use:  Community photos which do not INCLUDE the subject property, or taken FROM the subject property, are “community photos”.  They are intended for future use in virtual tours, for any home PreviewFirst Photographs in that neighborhood.

Exclusive Usage Rights:  If you would like your own community photos to be used exclusively for your virtual tours, and for which you would own the exclusive usage rights, please make sure you schedule enough time for your photography appointment.  Additional charges will apply.  Depending on how many community photos will be delivered, an extra 30-60 minutes may be necessary.  Typical rates are $100-150.

With all photography provided by PreviewFirst, our terms and conditions apply.

  1. Copyrights Granted with conditions: Any photography ordered from and provided by PreviewFirst includes the right of client to print, publish or transfer images as they deem appropriate for the purpose of their own business. Should images be transferred (whether in digital or print form), PreviewFirst terms and conditions are also transferred. Abuse or misuse of this copyright grant is considered a copyright violation and considered unlawful. Client and/or any transferee agrees to include “Photography by” alongside, on top, or underneath any photo provided by in clients advertising.
  2. It is understood that any and all originals, proofs, sample prints, and digital representations remain the property of PreviewFirst, and they may be used for advertising, display or any purpose thought proper by PreviewFirst.



5 Responses to “Add Community Photos to your Virtual Tours”

  1. November 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Over 48,000 homes photographed since 2005, so sometimes I think I’ve heard it all, and then I get surprised. I always like that. 🙂

    Today, someone was very upset (that’s bad) to discover that a community (beach) photo taken during her photo shoot, was being used on other virtual tours. She assumed that because the photo was taken for her to use, at her photo appointment, that the photo was hers exclusively. On its face, that makes sense. I just think it’s crazy that we’ve shot almost 50,000 homes in 9 years and this is the first time someone was upset about it. Usually people are thrilled to find out we already have stock community photos for use. So I figure I’ll use this opportunity to explain further.

    Any photo that is not of the home, or from the home, is considered a community photo. When time permits, these photos are “bonus” images that PreviewFirst provides as a complimentary service. We keep these images as stock photography for later use. This sharing model has saved agents thousands of dollars and put many smiles on our clients faces, so we think it’s a good and welcome practice.

    However, if you want exclusive usage rights to photos, we provide that too. Anytime you place an order and pay for community photos, you are provided with exclusive usage rights.

    If you have any questions, thoughts or feedback, please don’t hesitate to share.

  2. Kirk
    May 4, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    2 Questions:

    1. Where can I see community photos that are available to use in my virtual tours? (Pacific Beach and La Jolla)

    2. How much?

    • May 4, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Kirk,

      If you give us the community name when making the photography reservation, and you know community photos are desired, just let us know. We typically just add the photos for you. However, you ask a great question which is actually addressed in a different post. Please check it out at

      We make our community photos available for anyone to use (for free), even if they didn’t have PreviewFirst photograph their listing. If you use some of the photos there, please just make sure to give PreviewFirst credit for them. Thanks.

  3. Kirk
    May 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I was able to download one pic from flickr, but am now getting the below.

    “The owner has disabled downloading of their photos”

    Any ideas about what I should do?

    • May 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      If you are looking at the flickr photos at, there should be no restrictions. If there is, please email the photo url to and we can investigate.

      I see the how to video in our blog post is a little outdated. Now there’s a down arrow to the bottom right of the photo. That’s where you click to download.

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