360 Panoramic Photography for Virtual Tours and Google Maps
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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.
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Created by Paul Cheney
Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
  • Use the Iris 360 by nctech to photograph panoramas
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Requirements
  • Students will benefit if they have a basic knowledge of photography and digital cameras.
  • Students should understand terms like aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc.
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 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.

Who 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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Curriculum For This Course
74 Lectures
05:20:35
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Companion Website
1 Lecture 00:17
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Image Acquisition and Organization
5 Lectures 40:00

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

Preview 03:01

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

Preview 08:25

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

Shooting the Pictures
09:10

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

Organizing the Photos
13:17

In this video we demonstrate how to setup and use the iris 360 panoramic camera in three different modes. We also look at using a nadir patch to cover the bottom ion the panorama.

Using an IRIS 360 camera
06:07
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Image Processing and Tripod Removal
8 Lectures 29:12

Overview of image processing.

Image Processing Overview
02:59

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

Processing RAW to HDR
04:34

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

Processing RAW to TIF to HDR
05:32

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

Processing RAW to TIF (without the HDR step)
02:37

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

Tripod Removal
06:02

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

Tripod Removal using a Photoshop Action
05:13

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

Deghosting
01:54

Conclusion for this lesson.

Conclusion
00:21
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Stitching Photos into a Spherical Image
8 Lectures 21:26

Overview of the stitching unit

Stitching Overview
01:05

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

Use AutoPanoGiga with 6 images
05:43

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

Use AutoPanoGiga with 5 images
02:05

In this video I will demonstrate how to batch process images using Auto Pano Giga.
Use AutoPanoGiga for batch processing
06:19

In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 6 images using PT Gui.
Use PT Gui with 6 iamges
01:48

In this video I will demonstrate how to stitch together 5 images using PT Gui.
Use PT Gui with 5 iamges
01:01

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

Use PT Gui for batch processing
03:10

THis is the wrap up conclusion for this unit.

Conclusion to the stitching unit
00:15
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Publishing to Google Maps
2 Lectures 13:22

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

Publishing with Street View app
08:44

In this video, we will create a full screen tour using panoramas from google maps inside our own html page. This is a great way to share a collection of panoramas on your website.

Using Google Panoramas in a Business Tour
04:38
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Publish a Single Node Tour
7 Lectures 29:07

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

Publishing Overview
00:53

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

A Basic tour using Pano Tour Pro
03:19

In this video, I will alter the project settings.

Changing the Pano Tour Pro project settings
02:56

In this video, I will alter the image settings.

Changing the Pano Tour Pro image settings
05:27

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

Changing the Pano Tour Pro style settings
06:35

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.

A Basic tour using Pano2VR
05:15

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

Adding a map using Pano2VR
04:42
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VR Mode for stereoscopic panoramas (think google cardboard).
1 Lecture 00:00

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

Stereoscopic Panoramas
1 page
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Publish a Three Node Tour with Popups
10 Lectures 52:09

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

Multi Node Overview
01:30

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

Creating a Popup Master in Adobe Photoshop
12:55

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

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

Fine tuning your project using Pano Tour Pro
04:41

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

Adding popups using Pano Tour Pro
05:30

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

Finishing the popups using Pano Tour Pro
03:23

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

Adding a Floor Plan using Pano Tour Pro
05:30

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

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

Adding Popups using Pano2VR
09:40

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

Testing on Mobile Devices
01:06
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Publish an HTML Tour
10 Lectures 33:12

In this video we will review this unit.

HTML Tour Overview
04:20

In this video we will review the three tours already built.
View the three tours already built
02:18

In this video we will add a video to the tour.
Adding video using Pano Tour Pro
03:54

In this video we add video using Pano2VR
Adding video using Pano2VR
01:43

In this video we add a tour to the HTML framework
Add tours to an HTML template
03:35

In this video we add a map to our tour.
Add a map to the tour
03:16

In this video we add a cover shot to our tour.
Add a cover shot
02:05

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

Add the about information
00:59

In this video we select a color scheme using Adobe Kuler.
Create an Adobe Kuler color scheme
01:33

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

Modify the CSS and add a header background image
09:29
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VR Object for a Web Page
6 Lectures 29:45

In this video students will learn to photograph an object.

Photographing an Object VR
05:26

In this video students will see how I process the RAW images to make the background lighten.
Processing the RAW images
05:36

In this video students will learn to make an object using BoxShot software.
BoxShotVR Create an object in html
07:15

In this video students will learn to make an object using Object2VR software.
Object2VR Create an object in html
06:05

In this video students will see how their work performs on mobile devices.
Testing on mobile devices
00:58

In this video students will see how to create a program on the Round Shot.
Creating a program on the Roundshot
04:25
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About the Instructor
Paul Cheney
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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.