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Google Business Photo service spreads to Valdosta

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A CS3 Design photographer outside Austin's Cattle Company explaining how the photographing process works A CS3 Design photographer outside Austin's Cattle Company explaining how the photographing process works
The view of the panoramic shot of the entrance to Austin's Cattle Company, as seen from the viewing screen on the photographer's camera The view of the panoramic shot of the entrance to Austin's Cattle Company, as seen from the viewing screen on the photographer's camera
Gary Hutchens Gary Hutchens
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The next time you want to eat or stay in Valdosta, you may be able to view 3-D photos of the business you're considering.

Today, photographers from a Florida company that partners with Google were in town.

Members of CS 3 Design spent the day taking panoramic photographs inside about two dozen businesses in Valdosta, including a hotel and restaurant.

"We actually bring our photographer group inside. They do a 360 degree virtual tour of the inside of the establishment," explained Gary Hutchens, Owner of CS3 Design.

It's part of a relatively new service called Google Business Photos. CS3 Design is based in Orlando and partners with Google, helping to spread the service nationwide.

"We're bringing Google Business photos into Georgia, starting here in Valdosta," Hutchens said. "Me being from Valdosta, that's why we decided to basically march through Georgia, but startin' South and headin' North."

Google Business Photos is like Google street View for the inside of businesses. Hutchens says it's a perfect fit for our increasingly fast-paced society.

"At least 44 percent of people are makin' their decisions where they're gonna go, where they're gonna eat, where they're gonna shop, while on the way there," Hutchens pointed out.

Once a business pays for the service, CS3 comes in and spends about 30 to 45 minutes creating a virtual tour of the business.

"We'll take three North, three East, three South and three West and then we'll stitch those 12 images together to make one sequence," said one of the photographers for CS3 Design, as he prepared to photograph the inside of the Austin's Cattle Company restaurant.

And that process is the same for any business, continuing until the entirety of the inside of the business has been photographed.

Hutchens says next, they plan to expand north through cities like Macon, Savannah, and Atlanta.

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