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Photography: 360 Degree Panoramas & Interactive Tours

Ron Pepper and Rich Harrington

About this course

Want to learn how to shoot and develop stunning 360-degree panoramas and interactive virtual tours? Instructors Ron Pepper and Richard Harrington discuss the gear you need to get good 360-degree shots, including camera, lens, and tripod options, and share tips for shooting both standard and HDR images. The process starts with great raw images whether you're shooting real estate or outdoor landscapes. Then they demonstrate post-processing techniques that use popular applications like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photomatix Pro, and dedicated stitching software such as PTGui. Once you've developed the images, discover how to share interactive images and virtual tours online with services such as Roundme and Spinattic or your own web server.


Topics include:

  • 360-degree images uses
  • Creating spherical, cylindrical, and cubical projections
  • Different types of cameras and lenses for shooting 360-degree images
  • Choosing a tripod
  • Remotely controlling the camera
  • Positioning the camera on the tripod head
  • Setting up the camera
  • Shooting 360-degree images
  • Using a helicopter or drone
  • Stacking photos
  • Developing panoramic images in Camera Raw and Photoshop
  • Developing spherical panoramic images with Lightroom
  • Processing panoramic images with PTGui and Photomatix
  • Viewing and sharing interactive panoramas

Curriculum5h 45m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching This Course
  • Using the Exercise Files
  • Uses for 360º images
  • Commercial Photography
  • Personal Use
  • Preview
    Source Material for Professional Productions
  • Types of Images That We Are Going to Create
  • Spherical Projection
  • Cylindrical Projection
  • Cubical Projection
  • Resolution of Images
  • Types of Cameras for 360º Imaging
  • One Shot Cameras
  • Fisheye Lenses with DSLR
  • Standard Wide Angle Lenses on DSLR or MFT for Multi-Row
  • Telephoto Lenses for Gigapixel Images
  • Other Essential Equipment
  • Choosing a Tripod & a Leveling Head
  • Preview
    Choosing a Panoramic Tripod Head for 360º Photography
  • Remote Control of the Camera
  • Using a Gray Card
  • Positioning the Camera on the Tripod Head
  • Understanding What Parallax Is & How No Parallax Point Helps
  • Using an L-bracket
  • Using a Multi-Row System
  • Using a Single Rail or a Dedicated On-Lens Rotator
  • Building a Stable Platform
  • Camera Settings for Capture
  • Manual Exposure
  • Hyperfocal for Everything in Focus
  • Shooting a 360˚ Panoramic Image
  • Evaluating the Shot
  • Preparing the Camera
  • Shooting Strategies for a 360˚ Panoramic Image
  • Shooting a 360˚ HDR Spherical Panoramic Image
  • Why Shoot HDR Panoramas
  • Determining the Dynamic Range & Setting the Bracketing Method
  • Shooting Strategies for the 360˚ HDR Panoramic Image
  • Shooting Strategies for the 360˚ Panoramic Multi-Row Image
  • Additional Options for Capture
  • Preview
    Getting Your Camera Elevated with a Pole
  • Using a Helicopter or Drone
  • Going Hand-Held
  • Getting Organized for Postproduction
  • Transferring Data to a Drive
  • Creating Stacks with Adobe Bridge
  • Creating Stacks with Adobe Lightroom
  • Adding Essential Metadata
  • Developing Panoramic Images with Adobe Photoshop
  • Developing with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Repairing Lens Distortion in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Merging a Panorama in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Using the Photomerge Command
  • Determining the Layout Method for Your Panorama
  • Post Merge Cleanup
  • Developing HDR Spherical Panoramic Images Advanced Tools
  • Processing RAW Files
  • Combining Bracketed Images
  • Merging Your HDR Panoramic Image in Lightroom
  • Post-Merge Cleanup in Photoshop - Part 1
  • Post-Merge Cleanup in Photoshop - Part 2
  • Processing Panoramic Images with PTGui
  • Processing RAW HDR Files - Part 1
  • Processing RAW HDR Files - Part 2
  • Preview
    Creating & Combining Bracketed HDR Images for the 360˚ Image in PTGui Pro
  • Output Options in PTGui Pro
  • Batch Processing the Images in PTGui - Part 1
  • Batch Processing the Images in PTGui - Part 2
  • Processing Panoramic Images with HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Combining Bracketed Panoramas in Photomatix
  • Choosing a Processing Method in Photomatix
  • Batch Processing the Images in Photomatix
  • Post-Processing
  • HDR-Then-Stitch
  • Convert Spherical to Cubical - Part 1
  • Convert Spherical to Cubical - Part 2
  • Viewing Interactive Panoramas
  • Viewing on Your Own Computer
  • Sharing Your Panoramas Online with RoundMe
  • Sharing Your Panoramas Online with Spinnatic
  • Uploading & Viewing a Virtual Tour
  • Introduction to Virtual Tour Creation to Host on Your Own Server - Part 1
  • Introduction to Virtual Tour Creation to Host on Your Own Server - Part 2
  • Conclusion

About this course

Want to learn how to shoot and develop stunning 360-degree panoramas and interactive virtual tours? Instructors Ron Pepper and Richard Harrington discuss the gear you need to get good 360-degree shots, including camera, lens, and tripod options, and share tips for shooting both standard and HDR images. The process starts with great raw images whether you're shooting real estate or outdoor landscapes. Then they demonstrate post-processing techniques that use popular applications like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photomatix Pro, and dedicated stitching software such as PTGui. Once you've developed the images, discover how to share interactive images and virtual tours online with services such as Roundme and Spinattic or your own web server.


Topics include:

  • 360-degree images uses
  • Creating spherical, cylindrical, and cubical projections
  • Different types of cameras and lenses for shooting 360-degree images
  • Choosing a tripod
  • Remotely controlling the camera
  • Positioning the camera on the tripod head
  • Setting up the camera
  • Shooting 360-degree images
  • Using a helicopter or drone
  • Stacking photos
  • Developing panoramic images in Camera Raw and Photoshop
  • Developing spherical panoramic images with Lightroom
  • Processing panoramic images with PTGui and Photomatix
  • Viewing and sharing interactive panoramas

Curriculum5h 45m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching This Course
  • Using the Exercise Files
  • Uses for 360º images
  • Commercial Photography
  • Personal Use
  • Preview
    Source Material for Professional Productions
  • Types of Images That We Are Going to Create
  • Spherical Projection
  • Cylindrical Projection
  • Cubical Projection
  • Resolution of Images
  • Types of Cameras for 360º Imaging
  • One Shot Cameras
  • Fisheye Lenses with DSLR
  • Standard Wide Angle Lenses on DSLR or MFT for Multi-Row
  • Telephoto Lenses for Gigapixel Images
  • Other Essential Equipment
  • Choosing a Tripod & a Leveling Head
  • Preview
    Choosing a Panoramic Tripod Head for 360º Photography
  • Remote Control of the Camera
  • Using a Gray Card
  • Positioning the Camera on the Tripod Head
  • Understanding What Parallax Is & How No Parallax Point Helps
  • Using an L-bracket
  • Using a Multi-Row System
  • Using a Single Rail or a Dedicated On-Lens Rotator
  • Building a Stable Platform
  • Camera Settings for Capture
  • Manual Exposure
  • Hyperfocal for Everything in Focus
  • Shooting a 360˚ Panoramic Image
  • Evaluating the Shot
  • Preparing the Camera
  • Shooting Strategies for a 360˚ Panoramic Image
  • Shooting a 360˚ HDR Spherical Panoramic Image
  • Why Shoot HDR Panoramas
  • Determining the Dynamic Range & Setting the Bracketing Method
  • Shooting Strategies for the 360˚ HDR Panoramic Image
  • Shooting Strategies for the 360˚ Panoramic Multi-Row Image
  • Additional Options for Capture
  • Preview
    Getting Your Camera Elevated with a Pole
  • Using a Helicopter or Drone
  • Going Hand-Held
  • Getting Organized for Postproduction
  • Transferring Data to a Drive
  • Creating Stacks with Adobe Bridge
  • Creating Stacks with Adobe Lightroom
  • Adding Essential Metadata
  • Developing Panoramic Images with Adobe Photoshop
  • Developing with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Repairing Lens Distortion in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Merging a Panorama in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Using the Photomerge Command
  • Determining the Layout Method for Your Panorama
  • Post Merge Cleanup
  • Developing HDR Spherical Panoramic Images Advanced Tools
  • Processing RAW Files
  • Combining Bracketed Images
  • Merging Your HDR Panoramic Image in Lightroom
  • Post-Merge Cleanup in Photoshop - Part 1
  • Post-Merge Cleanup in Photoshop - Part 2
  • Processing Panoramic Images with PTGui
  • Processing RAW HDR Files - Part 1
  • Processing RAW HDR Files - Part 2
  • Preview
    Creating & Combining Bracketed HDR Images for the 360˚ Image in PTGui Pro
  • Output Options in PTGui Pro
  • Batch Processing the Images in PTGui - Part 1
  • Batch Processing the Images in PTGui - Part 2
  • Processing Panoramic Images with HDRsoft Photomatix
  • Combining Bracketed Panoramas in Photomatix
  • Choosing a Processing Method in Photomatix
  • Batch Processing the Images in Photomatix
  • Post-Processing
  • HDR-Then-Stitch
  • Convert Spherical to Cubical - Part 1
  • Convert Spherical to Cubical - Part 2
  • Viewing Interactive Panoramas
  • Viewing on Your Own Computer
  • Sharing Your Panoramas Online with RoundMe
  • Sharing Your Panoramas Online with Spinnatic
  • Uploading & Viewing a Virtual Tour
  • Introduction to Virtual Tour Creation to Host on Your Own Server - Part 1
  • Introduction to Virtual Tour Creation to Host on Your Own Server - Part 2
  • Conclusion