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360 Panoramic Photography for Virtual Tours and Google Maps

Complete guide to acquiring, processing, stitching, and assembling virtual tours for web, iBooks and Google.
Instructor:
Paul Cheney
1,166 students enrolled
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Select the proper software and equipment for creating panoramic images.
Setup the equipment to photograph a panoramic/spherical image.
Photograph a panoramic image using the 7 shot, 18 shot and 21 shot workflow.
Organize and name their photos using industry standard process.
Process RAW images, remove ghosts, and erase the tripod.
Stitch images together using two different software packages.
Publish photospheres to Google Maps
Create a single node tour with popups.
Create stereoscopic panoramas with Pano Tour Pro with the click on a single button.
Create and publish a multi-node tour with popups and video using two different software packages.
Photograph and create an object VR which is published to a web page.
Create widgets for Apple iBooks Author for both objects and panoramas.
Use the Iris 360 by nctech to photograph panoramas
Build a side by side stereoscopic linear video

Panoramic Photography is becoming more popular as the tools to take and publish photospheres become easier to use and more readily available. However, not all photospheres are good quality.

This course will provide you with industry standard expertise in purchasing equipment, acquiring, processing and stitching panoramic images, and publishing them to the web, iBooks, and Google Maps.

I will walk you through the process that I use to create high quality panoramic images using a DSLR camera, an iris 360 and Theta S camera. In order to take full advantage of this course you will need to have access to the required equipment and software which I will carefully outline.

Image Acquisition and Organization

1
Companion Website
2
Equipment and Software

In this video we will review the equipment and software you will need to become a professional panoramic photographer.

3
Setting up the Equipment

In this video you will learn the proper way to setup the camera, tripod and VR arm.

4
Shooting the Pictures

In this video, you will learn how to shoot images for the 7 shot, 18 shot and 21 shot methods.

5
Organizing the Photos

In this video I will demonstrate my process for organizing photos after a photo shoot.

Image Processing and Tripod Removal

1
Image Processing Overview

Overview of image processing.

2
Processing RAW images to HDR images

In this video students will learn to create HDR images from RAW photos.

3
Processing RAW to TIF to HDR

In this video we will learn to process RAW images to TIF 16 bit iamges to HDR images.

4
Processing RAW to TIF (no bracket shooting)

In this panorama we did not bracket shoot our iamges so we show cover TIF from the RAW files.

5
Removing the Tripod from the Down Shot

In this video we show the steps to remove a tripod from the down shot using Photoshop.

6
Creating a Tripod Removal using a Photoshop Action

In this video we learn how to save time by creating a photoshop action for removing the tripod.

7
Deghosting

In this video we review the process to remove a ghost from an HDR image.

8
3261_02h Conclusion to Image Processing

Conclusion for this lesson.

Stitching Photos into a Spherical Image

1
Stitching Introduction

Overview of the stitching unit

2
Six Image Stitch using PTGui
In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 6 images using PT Gui.
3
Five Image Stitch using PTGui
In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 5 images using PT Gui.
4
Using the Masking Tool in PT Gui

Publish a Tour with Street View

1
Publishing with Street View app

In this video we will learn how to upload one of your panoramas to Google Maps

Publish a Single Node Tour

1
Single Node Introduction

Introduction to the single node tour project.

2
Build a Single Node Tour using Pano2VR

In this video we will create a single node tour using Pano2VR

3
Publish a Single Node Tour to a Web Host

In this video we show you how to publish your panorama to a web server and then test it on phones.

Publish a Multi Node Tour with Popups

1
Multi Node Overview

In this video I will review publishing a three node tour.

2
Creating a Popup Template in Photoshop

In this video, I will walk you through using Photoshop to create the template for a popup.

3
Creating a Popup

In this video, I will demonstrate how to add content to the popup template.

4
Using Smart Objects

In this video, I will show you how to use Photoshop Smart Objects and Generate Assets to automate popup creation

5
Building a Tour using Pano2VR
In this video, I will show you how to create a multi node tour using Pano2VR
6
Adding Popups using Pano2VR

In this video, I will add popups to the tour.

7
Modifying the Template

In this video, I will show you how to modify an existing template with actions to close a popup window.

Publish an HTML Tour

1
Demonstrate a Completed HTML Tour

In this video we will review this unit.

2
Build a Single Node Tour with Pano2VR
In this video we add video using Pano2VR
3
Add Content to the Template Folder
In this video we add a tour to the HTML framework
4
Customize the HTML and CSS
In this video we add a map to our tour.

VR Object for a Web Page

1
Introduction to Objects

In this video students will learn to photograph an object.

2
Build an Object Using Object2VR
In this video students will see how I process the RAW images to make the background lighten.
3
Publish to the Web
In this video students will learn to make an object using BoxShot software.

Widget Creation for Apple iBooks

1
Introduction to creating Widgets for iBooks Author

In this video, students will be introduced to iBook widgets.

2
Build an Object Widget
In this video, students will make a widget from a Pano2VR panorama.
3
Build a Panorama Project
In this video, students will make a widget from an object assembled in Object2VR software.
4
Build a Panorama Widget from the Project
In this video, students will add a widget of an object to the iBook.

360 Video

1
Introduction to the Theta S camera

In  this video I will show you how to operate the Theta S camera, how to control it with your smart phone, and how to take pictures and video. We will then process, add metadata, and upload the video to youtube.

2
Using the Theta S Camera for a Narrated Tour

In this video I will demonstrate how to sync and add an external audio narration to a Theta S video and publish it to YouTube.

IRIS 360

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iris360
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