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The panoramic photography is at the photo what a 3D movie at the cinema, she adds an extra dimension that immerses the viewer in a virtual environment chosen.
She allow a better understanding, in a quasi-realism situation, of all sites and she can provide both a aesthetics perspective as a real contribution in the exploration of a place.
It is enough to be convinced to browse the many sites that offer panoramic images from places as diverse as hotel's rooms, visiting museums or tourist sites.
What better way in order to avoid surprises or to pique your curiosity that do a visit of various places around the world as if you were there?
There are several types of panoramas. The best known and probably the easiest to realize is the view called "flat".
Next, in order of their difficulties, we find the cylindrical panorama, the spherical panorama and finally the virtual tours.
I will briefly review these different types of landscapes because this site is not yet of teach you the various techniques but rather to try to illustrate all the possibilities.

The "flat" panoramic

Most amateurs photographers take a picture of a building, for example, with a camera equipped with a focal length "normal" of 35mm which team usually the "compact" devices.
The obvious drawback of this technique is that it's often difficult to get the entire building while maintaining a sufficient distance to appreciate the details.
The solution is either to change the camera to acquire one more expensive and equip it with an objective type "wide angle" or less costly, to take several verticals photographs of building and assembling them.
There are many stitching programs more or less efficient and from free to very expensive.
When this site will be developed, I will try to present the most reliable and why not some tutorials.
The photographs of this site referring to panoramic examples are all illustrations of scenic called "flat" because they are a part of the panoramic concerned in the proportion of 2 to 1 or twice the length and once the height.
Thus, you get an image, likely to be printed, from a much larger subject and so better illustrate the site chosen.

The cylindrical panoramic

Like the flat landscape, this technique involves taking a series of snapshots but in 360 °, if possible with the camera in a vertical position for a cylinder as high as possible.
That approach can be achieved with a compact camera without special equipment but a foot is always preferable for avoid images staggered in height (one-foot type "monopod" will do nicely in this case).
The cylindrical panorama is nevertheless perfectly feasible to freehand because most of assembly software corrects the differences in positions vertical images and aligning all at a minimum height to avoid having a panorama "sawtooth".
Thus all the examples of cylindrical panoramas on this site have been made "free hands".
The obvious advantage of this technique is speed of execution because it didn't require the establishment of many devices.

The spherical panoramic

With the spherical panorama, we address an area more pointed. The purpose is to obtain a complete view of a site from the high (90 °) or vertically in the position called "zenith", to the depth, at the location of the foot (-90 °) called "nadir" and of course on 360 °.
It is therefore a complete view of a place without limitation of the point of view.
This technique is particularly useful for sites where the ceiling like the soil have some interest (in hotel lobbies, churches, buildings etc ...)
This is undoubtedly the most spectacular views and who will bring you the most satisfaction.
However, if the assembly softwares remain broadly similar to spherical panoramas, this type of panoramic will ask an investment many biggest since it requires a foot of good quality and a panoramic arm to avoid difficulties for assemble the various photographs which will of course be many more than for a flat or cylindrical panorama.
There are various types of panoramic arm. I will make later a list of this specific equipment.
Even if you don't invested in an SLR for changing lenses and take a wide angle (who hence requiring fewer photographs), you must count for the foot, an arm and assembly software one thousand euros and a lot of patience to get a satisfactory result ... But when you love, you do not count...

Virtual tour

The virtual tour is the most complete technique. There are in this type of panorama several links to other sites, to other views, to photographs, videos, web pages etc. .... in short everything that is necessary for one visitor to assess in detail a site with several parts such as for example a resort, a tourist place, a whole street or neighbourhood, etc. ...
They could be made with cylindrical or spherical panoramas although this last type of view seems rather reserved to highlight a specific location.
All these techniques could be very usefuls or even indispensables to a webmaster for showing on its site a number of examples in a multitude domain such as hotels, museums, real estate, tourist sites and so on ... The applications are almost endless especially as these techniques can be completed with many others like the three-dimensional representation of various objects to better illustrate all types of products.

Message to destination visitors

I hope you enjoy your visit to this site hoping to attract new vocations ...
Of course, through the contact form, you can let me your comments, suggestions or any kind of demand and I will try to answer you as soon as possible.
This site is only a draft and it should grow over time.
Check back regularly to participate to the forum which will be established soon and discover new topics.

Enjoy your visit!


Sunday September 28 2014 - 08:00 pm

  • New destination (spherical panorama) : Venice (Italy)


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