A PHOTOGRAPHER has teamed up with one of the world’s biggest websites to help them in their latest venture.
Internet giant Google recruited St Annes photographer Bill Hughes, (pictured), of Kenilworth Road, to take pictures for the website’s new Business Photos section.
The pioneering search engine site, which has branched out to feature a comprehensive images, maps and video section, now plans to give web-surfers a look inside businesses from the comfort of their own home.
Google’s latest idea allows viewers to have a virtual stroll around any restaurant, bar or retailer they wish.
And Mr Hughes was tasked with producing a series of 360 degree images which were stitched together to produce the online walk-through.
He told The Gazette: “To have the support of a large global organisation like Google is fantastic.
“They are appointing photographers to do different sections and the whole experience has given me a lot of contacts for work across the country.
“As well as taking the panoramic images I was also responsible for uploading them to Google and made sure the virtual tour met the high standards required before it could be added to the internet.
“Some of the additional photographs taken during a shoot also appear on the new Google+ local business pages.”
Mr Hughes worked with businesses across the Fylde coast after being taught how to use the website’s equipment during six weeks of online seminars.
He added: “As a local business this is a huge advantage for me and a new opportunity.”
Mr Hughes says his experiences with Google has provided him with a new skill set which entitles him to carry out the same work independently, but attach a link to the website of any business which gives people a unique tour of the venue.
For more information log on to www.billhughesphoto.co.uk