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www.360hugh.co.uk  

www.360hugh.co.uk

 

Visit Hugh’s world of panoramas …

A site that is being developed to relate specifically to panoramic photography to show the potential of this media and how it is able to convey much more than words or single images.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a panorama must be worth ten thousand, especially a 360° (or spherical) panorama where you can look all around and in any direction you wish to.

     
 

360° Panoramas

Links to 360° (Spherical) Panoramas.

The Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, English Churches, Corporate Hospitality Suits, Property, Stereo Anaglyphs, Thermal Imaging and others.

     
Keith Prowse - Your Official Hospitality Partner  

Keith Prowse Hospitality

To give their clients the best insight into the majority of events, Keith Prowse have put together Virtual Tours of some of their most popular hospitality venues allowing you to explore the facilities and gain a feel of the service you can expect when you book corporate hospitality with Keith Prowse.

Panoramic Photography by Hugh Anderson ~ www.360hugh.co.uk

     
 

St Mary's , Sixpenny Handley

A church has stood on the current site of St Mary's for almost a thousand years.

Panoramic Photography by Hugh Anderson ~ www.360hugh.co.uk

     
 

St Lawrence, Towcester

The large ironstone parish church of St Lawrence is situated in Chantry Lane, in the centre of the historic market town of Towcester and within the Diocese of Peterborough.

Panoramic Photography by Hugh Anderson ~ www.360hugh.co.uk

     
Link to the Ancient Technology Centre  

Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne, Dorset

Panoramic images at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne, Dorset, inside the Earthouse, Roundhouse and Viking Longhouse.

Panoramic Photography by Hugh Anderson ~ www.360hugh.co.uk

     
Using 360° iSTAR Panoramas to add Detail to an HDS Point Cloud  

Using 360° iSTAR Panoramas to add Detail to an HDS Point Cloud

Real world colour can be added to the points in a Point Cloud from co-centric 360° (spherical) panoramas and some users have found that it is also beneficial to take additional 360° panoramas.  This task takes this one stage further and uses 360° panoramas to add detail to a survey initially made with an HDS Scanner.

     
Panoramas for Colouring HDS Point Clouds   Using Panoramas to add Colour to HDS Point Clouds

The "native" colours for an HDS (High Definition Survey) point cloud are based on the reflectivity of the surface the measurement is made to and are determined by the intensity of the received reflected laser beam.  Whilst this information is useful in its own right it is often desirable to have the points with their “natural” (RGB) colours.  This is an overview on using 360° Panoramas to add natural colour to an HDS Point Cloud.

     
The Use of Spherical (360°) Panoramas for Photogrammetry   The Use of Spherical (360°) Panoramas for Photogrammetry

Spherical Panorama projections are suitable for the extraction of measurements to compute the 3D co-ordinates for points from two or more panoramas.  The mathematics involved is much more straight forward than that required for using photographs for Stereo Photogrammetry and Photographic Intersection.  Horizontal and Vertical angles are easily measured in an Equirectangular projection to provide the same data as if a theodolite was used at the same location.

     
Spherical Panoramas for Photogrammetry  

Spherical Panoramas for Photogrammetry

 

3D measurement techniques are readily available, but low cost solutions are needed for applications where only a small quantity of data is required.  Measurements can be made from Spherical Panoramas using available techniques, but these are time consuming, error prone and laborious, so this is an appeal to those with skills in software development in the fields of digital imaging and the mathematics to compute intersecting rays in space to provide a viable and cost effective solution.

     
Nodal Ninja's Panoramic Photography Forum  

Nodal Ninja's Panoramic Photography Forum

General questions, tips, advice, help and news.
You don't have to have a Nodal Ninja to participate!

     
Link to PTGui  

PTGui

PTGui is panoramic stitching software for Windows and Mac OSX. Originally developed as a Graphical User Interface for Panorama Tools (hence the name), PTGui now is a full featured photo stitching application. Use PTGui to stitch any number of photos into a panoramic image.

     
Link to Pano2VR  

Pano2VR is a panorama software to convert panoramic images into the Quicktime VR (QTVR) or Macromedia Flash 8 and 9 format.Pano2VR runs nativly on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X (Intel/PPC), and Linux.

Pano2QTVR is a panorama software to convert panoramic images and Object Movies into the Quicktime VR (QTVR) or Macromedia Flash 8 format.  Pano2QTVR runs only on Microsoft Windows and it depends on QuickTime.

     
Bob Books  

Bob Books

Bob Books was founded by our Chairman John Brown to offer a high quality, affordable print-on-demand option to allow everyone to create their own books and revolutionise the self-publishing industry. 
For the last 10 years their aim has been to provide professional quality personalised products, designed by you and delivered with our outstanding customer service. 

     
Canvas Factory Canada  

Canvas Factory Canada

 

Celebrate life with a beautiful custom print.
Turn your treasured photos in gallery quality canvas prints.
From split canvas prints to complete wall displays, let your creativity flow!

     
Open Colleges Group - Australia  

Open Colleges Group - Opening Opportunities - Changing Lives

 

Since 1910, Open Colleges has been helping people from all walks of life to launch, change or accelerate their careers.

Over this time, they have been at the forefront of distance and online learning in Australia.

     
Open Colleges - Australia  

Australia's leading online educator

 

Learning professional camera craft can give you the skills and creative techniques that will make your photographs look professional.

Open Colleges offers a range of courses from entry-level to advanced, allowing you to gain the specialist skills you are looking for in order to achieve the desired outcome of your study.

Learn the tricks of the trade from professional photographers and artists with decades of photography success and take your creative potential to the next level.

     
Open Colleges - Australia   Tafescourses
Capture your dreams
Turn your passion into a career


Learn more about great Photography online courses.
Start or enhance your career in digital photography and get the technical skills to communicate your creative vision
     
Photography Resources I Love by Laura  

Photography Resources I Love: by Laura
 

Resources I Love– Looking for inspiration? Information? Or just some tips to make your learning journey easier? 
In our Resources I Love series we chat to our students to get the inside information on what resources they turn to when they are studying, creating and working.

This month we chat to LauraOpen Colleges’ Certificate IV in Design student and photographer, to find out what resources she is using to inspire, inform and assist her photography.

     
5 Tips Every Photographer Needs to Know Before Going Freelance  

5 Tips Every Photographer Needs to Know Before Going Freelance

Whether you’re ready to get serious or you’re already a professional photographer, here are 5 tips every photographer needs to know before they go freelance and set up their own business:
by Patrick.

     
Link to PanoramaStudio  

PanoramaStudio

Creates seamless 360 degree and wide angle panoramas.
Stitches your photos to huge panoramic images within minutes:

     
Taking Panoramas  

Taking Panoramas

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a panorama must be worth ten thousand, especially a 360° interactive panorama where you can look all around, but how are they created?

     
Link to PDF File - Spherical Panoramas for HDS Point Clouds  

Spherical Panoramas for HDS Point Clouds

This presentation has been prepared for the capture of Spherical Panoramas for use with data scanned with Leica Laser Scanners, but the information is also useful to anyone wishing to create Spherical Panoramas in their own right.

To view this file you will require Acrobat Reader.  If you do not already have a copy, visit the Acrobat site to download the version for your operating system.

     
Link to PDF File - iSTAR Panoramas for HDS Point Clouds  

iSTAR Panoramas for HDS Point Clouds

This presentation has been prepared for the capture of iSTAR Panoramas for use with data scanned with Leica Laser Scanners.

To view this file you will require Acrobat Reader.  If you do not already have a copy, visit the Acrobat site to download the version for your operating system.

     
Using Thermal Images to Create Interactive Panorama  

Using Thermal Images to create a 360° (Interactive) Panorama for use with HDS Point Clouds 

 

A report on an investigation into the possibility of using images from a Thermal Imaging Camera to create a 360° (Interactive) Panorama to generate the Cube Images to attach the colours from the thermal images to an HDS (High Definition Survey) Point Cloud.

     
Create your own Panoramas  

Create your own Panoramas

Panoramas are straightforward to create from images from just about any camera, with the help of low cost software.  This page is intended to encourage you to create your own Panoramas.

     
nctech - the iSTAR® is a precision engineered panoramic camera like no other camera  

nctech

The iSTAR® is precision engineered like no other camera and its construction pushes the very limits of today's manufacturing and lens technology.

Fully automatic, instant, 360 degree panoramic camera delivering high resolution spherical images in seconds!

     
Link to Nodal Ninja  

Nodal Ninja

Nodal Ninja is a specially designed spherical tripod head allowing the photographer to adjust a camera and lens so the “entrance pupil” (front nodal point) is exactly over its correct rotational axis. Their web site states "The lightest smallest panoramic tripod head on the market today. Nodal Ninja is a solution for both amateurs and professionals alike that seek precision, portability, reliability as well as top notch support."

     
Red Door VR Limited   Red Door VR Limited UK are UK stockists and Business to Business distributors of Nodal Ninja, Giottos, Panosaurus, Promote® Control, VR panoramic photographic hardware, equipment and software, and adapters for use with Leica HDS Scanners.

Red Door VR Limited are an exclusively a Mail Order supplier based in the UK (Leeds and Lancaster), and their website is their  virtual showroom.  They are a small specialist company, who pride themselves on their level of product knowledge and customer satisfaction.

     
Determining the Nodal Point of a Lens   Determining the Nodal Point of a Lens

For a lens to be used effectively for Photographic Intersection the location of the Front Nodal Point must be accurately determined.

     
Making use of the Nodal Point of a Lens   Making use of the Nodal Point of a Lens

Comments on making use of the knowledge of the behaviour and location of the Nodal point of a lens for various Panorama and Photographic Intersection applications.

     
The case for the Nodal Point  

The Nodal Point

The case for the Nodal Point and usage of the term..

     
Investigating Different Lenses for 360° Panoramas  

An Investigation into the use of different Lenses for 360° Panoramas

A comparison of fisheye and rectilinear lenses for producing 360° Panoramas and importing the Cube Images into Leica Cyclone.

     
Focus and Exposure   Focus and Exposure

Comments on getting the correct Focus and Exposure for making Panoramas.

     
Lens Angle of View   Lens Angle of View

The Angle of View of a lens, or what the lens "sees", is useful for calculating the number of shots and their orientation for 360° panoramic photography.

     
Using a Normal Lens for Spherical Panoramas  

Spherical Panoramas with a Normal Lens

Using a normal (rectilinear) lens for Spherical (360°) Panoramas.

     
Pano Pro Panoramic Optic  

pano pro lens

Largest, therefore sharpest, panoramic mirror lens available today.  Retractable mirror for protection and portability.  Full glass patented profile shaped mirror, built to aerospace and laser standards, with a full glass central flat optic.  There has to be no compromise of quality at any stage in the design process.  Suitable for both static and motion (video) VR.

     
Link to SpheroCam HDR   SpheroCam HDR

Spheron’s SpheroCam HDR camera has re-defined full spherical photography and the term (HDR) High Dynamic Range imaging. It’s able to capture 360º panoramic 50 mega pixel images within a single scan operation, and is the first camera able to measure real world luminosity values, from the darkest shadows to the brightest sunlight.  

     
Link to PT4Pano  

PT4Pano

A new site (January 2010) in English and German offering tools and information relating to Spherical Panoramic Photography.

     
Link to Panosaurus  

The Panosaurus

The Affordable, fully spherical, Panoramic Tripod Head.

     
Manual for External Camera Workflow  

Manual for External Camera WorkflowManual for External Camera Workflow

After scanning with HDS, a camera, fitted to a special bracket, replaces the scanner. The bracket is placed on the same tribrach the scanner used. A fish eye lens mounted on the camera is positioned on the bracket so that the focal centre of the lens matches the optical centre of the scanner.

     
Getting Started Guide for PTGui  

Getting Started Guide for PTGui

PTGui is a flexible and comprehensive software with excellent Tutorials on their web site, but I found that some users have found that this guide useful.

To view this file you will require Acrobat Reader.  If you do not already have a copy, visit the Acrobat site to download the version for your operating system.

     
   
     
NCTech - iSTAR
 
Nodal Ninja - Panoramic Heads
     

Red Door VR Limited - UK Supplier of Panorama related Hardware and Software