360 Panoramic Photography for Virtual Tours and Google Maps

Complete guide to acquiring, processing, stitching, and assembling virtual tours for web, iBooks and Google.
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

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 my personal equipment. 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Studetns will benefit if they have a basic knowledge of photography and digital cameras.
  • Students should understand terms like aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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 Photogrammetry to create 3D models
  • Use Ricoh Theta S to create 360 video and upload it to YouTube

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone interested in photographing and creating virtual tours.
  • This course is designed for anyone interested in creating photospheres for google maps.
  • This course is for anyone interested in creating immersive experiences for iBooks or the web.
  • This course will prepare you to apply to become a Google Trusted Photographer.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Curriculum

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Section 1: Image Acquisition and Organization
03:01

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

08:25

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

09:10

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

13:17

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

Section 2: Image Processing and Tripod Removal
02:59

Overview of image processing.

04:34

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

05:32

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

02:37

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

06:02

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

05:13

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

01:54

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

00:21

Conclusion for this lesson.

Section 3: Stitching Photos into a Spherical Image
01:05

Overview of the stitching unit

05:43

In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 6 images using Auto Pano Giga.

02:05

In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 5 images using Auto Pano Giga.

06:19
In this video I will demonstrate how to batch process images using Auto Pano Giga.
01:48
In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 6 images using PT Gui.
01:01
In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 5 images using PT Gui.
03:10

In this video I will demonstrate how to batch process images using PT Gui.

00:15

THis is the wrap up conclusion for this unit.

Section 4: Publishing to Google Maps
05:38

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

Section 5: Publish a Single Node Tour
00:53

In this video I will show you the finished result of a single node tour.

03:19

In this video I will create a basic tour without frills.

02:56

In this video, I will alter the project settings.

05:27

In this video, I will alter the image settings.

06:35

In this video we will make changes to the Style tab in Pano Tour Pro

05:15

In this video we will create a single node tour using a second software package. This will enable you to make an informed decision when you purchase your software.

04:42

In this video we show you how to add a map using Pano2VR.

Section 6: VR Mode for stereoscopic panoramas (think google cardboard).
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This course was built with version 2.3 of Pano Tour pro by Kolor. Version 2.5 then came out with stereoscopic capabilities for phones. I use mine with Google Cardboard viewer $15.00 and it is amazing. It's fun to watch the expression on peoples faces as they experience a stereoscopic image for the first time.

To enable VR mode on your panoramas, make sure you have Pano Tour Pro 2.5 (not pano tour). Its a free upgrade from Pano Tour Pro 2.X.

Built either a single node tour or multi node tour (covered in this course).

When you get to the "Style" tab add "Controls" from the Plugins library (also covered in this course).

Make sure the "Enter VR mode: is checked in the "Available Controls" section. (this is a new step)
See the attached PDF for directions on this.

Publish your tour as normal in the "Build" tab.

You now have a stereoscopic panorama.

Paul

Section 7: Publish a Three Node Tour with Popups
01:30

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

12:55

In this video, I will walk you through using Photoshp to create the popups used in our tours.

02:50
In this video, I will show you how to create a multi node tour using Pano Tour Pro
04:41

In this video I will fine tune my tour of the Russian room.

05:30

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

03:23

In this video, I will comlete the rest of the popups

05:30

In this video, I will add a floor plan to the project.

05:04
In this video, I will show you how to create a multi node tour using Pano2VR
09:40

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

01:06

In this video, I will test my work on mobile devices

Section 8: Publish an HTML Tour
04:20

In this video we will review this unit.

02:18
In this video we will review the three tours already built.
03:54
In this video we will add a video to the tour.
01:43
In this video we add video using Pano2VR
03:35
In this video we add a tour to the HTML framework
03:16
In this video we add a map to our tour.
02:05
In this video we add a cover shot to our tour.
00:59

In this video we alter the about information of our tour.

01:33
In this video we select a color scheme using Adobe Kuler.
09:29

In this video we alter the CSS and complete the tour.

Section 9: VR Object for a Web Page
05:26

In this video students will learn to photograph an object.

05:36
In this video students will see how I process the RAW images to make the background lighten.
07:15
In this video students will learn to make an object using BoxShot software.
06:05
In this video students will learn to make an object using Object2VR software.
00:58
In this video students will see how their work performs on mobile devices.
04:25
In this video students will see how to create a program on the Round Shot.
Section 10: Widget Creation for Apple iBooks
05:35

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

07:11
In this video, students will make a widget from a Pano Tour Pro panorama.
03:40
In this video, students will make a widget from a Pano2VR panorama.
03:26

In this video, students will make a widget from an object created with BoxShot software.

02:43
In this video, students will make a widget from an object assembled in Object2VR software.
02:21

In this video, students will see how iBooks works.

04:58
In this video, students will add a title and table of contents.
03:54

In this video, students will students will create a chapter.

07:30
In this video, students will create pages for their book and add panorama widgets.
01:41
In this video, students will create a gallery of images using a built in widget.
00:59
In this video, students will add a widget of an object to the iBook.
Section 11: Photogrammetry using PhotoScan
08:26

In this video studetns will see how to photograph and process images and create a 3D texture mapped wireframe of a fire pit.

06:34

In this project we build a model of a rock using Alpha channels.

01:58

PhotoScan provides a link to model hosting services. In this video, I will demonstrate uploading my Rosk to the Sketchfab site.

Section 12: 360 Video
04:05

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

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Instructor Biography

Paul Cheney, Web Designer and Developer

Paul received his master's degree from Utah State University in Instructional Technology and worked as a civilian for the United States Air Force doing interactive computer-based firefighter training. He and his family then moved to Provo, Utah where he worked at Brigham Young University for five years in the Instructional Technology Center. While there, he was involved in authoring multimedia, digitizing video, training faculty in instructional technology. He then moved with his family to Buena Vista, VA where he joined the faculty at Southern Virginia University. While there he taught digital media courses. Ten years later he returned to Utah where he is now an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University teaching courses in their Digital Media department in the Internet and Web Technologies degree.

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