Featured Gigwalker: Brian L’heureux

The Gigwalker community is growing by the minute, and every day we see amazing people with amazing stories doing amazing work. Last year we did a series of blogs called Featured Gigwalkers. We’re bringing it back so everyone can hear the same great stories we do.


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Today we want to introduce you to Brian L’heureux. Brian’s been earning money on Gigwalk since September of 2012 when he did his first mystery shopping Gig for children’s tablets. Since then, he’s completed almost 300 Gigs.  You can find him all over Seattle in restaurants taking Panos for Bing, (He’s done nearly 200 Bing Gigs!) and helping out his fellow Gigwalkers on Facebook with their questions. So we asked Brian a few questions about himself, and he was happy to help us learn more about him!


How did you hear about Gigwalk?

I heard about Gigwalk when I went to West Virginia. I saw a report on the news.

Why did you start using the app?

I started using Gigwalk because my wife went into surgery. We needed the money because of her absence from work.

What do you do when you’re not using Gigwalk?

Believe it or not I constantly watch Gigwalk for Gigs. I consider this my full time job since I’m a stay at home dad to our pets lol.

How has Gigwalk helped you?

Gigwalk has helped us get by and has helped me learn the area since I’m new to Seattle. I have met great people and found great paces to eat.

What tips do you have for people who are trying to do Photosynth Gigs?

The best tip I can give for the Photosynth app is practice in your home before going out. The best technique I found was to hold my phone on the side and take one pic. Then lean the phone up then down, then turn it right and left, then repeat until you get the whole image.

What was your best experience while you were out doing Gigs?

One time, a business owner gave me a meal.  He wanted me to take his daughter and son in law out, show them how to do Gigs, and teach them how I talk to business owners to get in and quickly do the Photosynth. He paid me $100 to take them out for a day and train them.



We love hearing your Gigwalking stories! Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below if you’d like to be a Featured Gigwalker. We’ll be doing one every month here on the blog.

2012 was a great year for Gigwalk, and 2013 is looking even better. We want to thank our customers, Gigwalkers, and everyone who’s been a part of our family since the beginning. We wish you all a Happy New Year!

A Love Letter to Our Founders, Customers and Gigwalkers

from Bob Bahramipour, Gigwalk CEO

To our founders, customers, and Gigwalkers,

Last week the Gigwalk team announced several important milestones. 

We launched 100,000 Gigs with Bing/Microsoft to help them collect 3D panorama photos across 3,500 cities.  We announced $6 million of new venture capital financing to help us expand Gigwalk’s reach, technology and customer base. 

We also announced a CEO change. After years of hard work and huge contributions to Gigwalk, our founding CEO, Ariel Seidman, is off to invent the newest, new thing (and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next).

As I take on the CEO role, I want to acknowledge, thank, and re-affirm the Gigwalk team’s commitment to our stakeholders.

Our Founders

Almost three years ago three Yahoo! colleagues got together and hatched Gigwalk.  Ariel, Matt & David wanted to build something lasting and something that touches real people in the real world.   As we grow Gigwalk, we are unwavering in our commitment to those founding principles.

Gigwalk Founders

Gigwalk founders (left to right): Matt Crampton, Ariel Seidman, David Watanabe

Our Customers

We have been lucky to have incredible customers with vision to see how a mobile workforce and mobile technology can accelerate their businesses.  More than ever, we are going ‘all-in’ to ensure our customers’ success – adding features, building new products, investing in customer care, understanding your needs, and taking work quality to the next level.

Our Gigwalkers

We love you.  The talents of the Gigwalk workforce never cease to amaze us.  No matter what customers ask, you all come through again and again.  The team here is truly committed to helping each of you be as successful as possible.

We are just getting started. Don’t be shy; keep coming to us with ideas, suggestions and feedback (Android) – we’re on the job for you.

Cheerios from the whole Gigwalk team.

- Bob Bahramipour, CEO

Gigwalk Tips—Capturing Panoramas

Through photographs, the Gigwalk community has given us a small glimpse into the neighborhoods and businesses at the heart of American cities. So it’s only natural that we feel excited to introduce panoramic pictures through the Photosynth App as a new enhanced way for the members of our community to showcase their hometowns.

Capturing Great Panoramas

We’ve learned that capturing exciting panoramas is an art and takes time to master. To help people hone their Photosynth skills, we’ve established the following list of five guidelines and tips.

1. How do I take clear panoramic images?  Moving your phone as you take the shot will increase the possibility of blur. Keep your camera fixed to one location and rotate your wrist to ensure the best results.

Make sure you watch carefully for blurring, so you can use the “undo” button and reshoot that frame as soon as you catch the error; otherwise you will have to undo good shots to reach the blurred ones.

Tip: Moving the phone too fast will trigger the app for a manual screen tap to take a picture (a yellow box). Develop a flow and the panoramas will take themselves.

2. How many degrees should I capture? It depends on the size of the room. Smaller rooms with less space, you should create a panorama of 180 degrees (half a circle). Larger rooms require that you make a full circle and capture 360 degrees.

Tip: Rooms vary in size, so to determine how many degrees you need, stand in the middle of the room. Can you see all of the walls without any large obstructions (i.e. column, etc)? If you can, take the full 360 degrees.

3. How can I avoid customers? If there are other customers in the room, don’t exclude them from the shot, but don’t get them in a close-up. Try to be more than 10 feet away from any customer directly facing you. You can’t avoid the customers, because panoramas should be taken in the main room of the business during normal business operations. The idea is to engulf the viewer into daily operations of the subject matter.

Tip: To avoid interruption during your “slow spins” in the middle of your intended panoramic target, Paul C., a fellow Gigwalker shares this tip—plug your earphones into your phone and act like you are on an important phone call. Your earphones will allow you to listen to the beep of the Photosynth and capture your panoramas with minimal screen tapping. The ubiquitous phone call in public will give you a reason to pace in circles avoid interruption during capture.  

4. What should I capture in a Gig? Don’t forget that these panoramas are used to capture detailed information about the intended targets. Don’t overlook menu boards, the view, a table setting, or anything else that adds interest.  Find the best vantage point to take your panorama and begin shooting.

Tip: The Photosynth app can stitch more than panoramas; it can capture 360 degree, 3-D images also. If the tiled floor is unique or the ceiling catches your eye, include it in the panorama. This will greatly improve the depth of your panorama and allow you to include every detail that contributes to the establishment’s ambiance.

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5. What about Lighting? Lighting can be tricky from one spot to another, but the most important thing to remember when shooting panoramas is to keep consistent lighting. Otherwise, your photos will look unstable. You may want to experiment with the exposure lock in the app.

In general, lighting should not be an issue. The Photosynth app takes amazing panoramas of both dim and bright locations. Below are two examples of panoramas of rooms on the opposite ends of the lighting spectrum. 

Tip: If the Photosynth app is having issues capturing an image, a red box will appear around the intended shot. This happens frequently in dimmer environments, but don’t stress. Simply aim your phone at the last image captured to get you back on track.



Don’t forget to check out the Photosynth Gigs near you. We have introduced additional Library Gigs in each of our supported metro areas to give you a chance to put these panoramic guidelines and tips into practice. 

Happy Gigwalking.

Todd

Questions or Comments? Email me at Todd@gigwalk.com