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Virtual Reality Photography Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images

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  • Author: Scott Highton

Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images from Virtual Reality Photography written by Scott Highton is a book that teaches you everything you need to know about virtual reality photography.

Through twenty four detailed chapters, Scott shares his extensive knowledge about every aspect of successful panoramic and object VR photography. Richly illustrated, the book is a vast resource of tips, techniques, and instruction - chock full of both artistic and technical detail.

Contents:
1) Photography Basics - providing the foundations of composition, exposure, lighting, perspective, technical basics of film and digital technologies, and lessons learned from the author's 30+ years of professional location photography. This is the basis from which readers move on to the Panoramic and Object VR photography sections.

2) Panoramic VR Imaging - delves deeply into the tools and techniques for photographing panoramic VR images, including technical & artistic concerns, planning for the shoot, advanced techniques, supporting media, and even a glimpse of the future from VR pioneer Paul Debevec.

3) Object VR Imaging - explores equipment, lighting, and both basic and advanced shooting techniques for photographing interactive product and object movies. This section includes details of object rig designs, as well as providing direction for those wanting to build their own.

4) Business Practices - a guide on how to run an effective business offering professional VR photography services, based on the author's 30+ years of experience, as well as those of other leading VR photographers. Featured are actual estimates provided by photographers for comparison on a VR project, as well as chapters on rights and value, negotiation, legal concerns, and business & marketing.

Subject Photography/Virtual Reality
Author Scott Highton
Edition 1st
Hard/Soft Cover Hardcover
Pages 320
Dimensions 8.5 x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number ISBN-10: 061534223X
ISBN-13: 9780615342238
Publisher Virtual Reality Photography
Date Published Not Provided by Manufacturer

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88%

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      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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      3.0

      Virtual Reslity

      By MK

      from Georgia

      Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

      This book is more of a beginner guide to photography. The virtual reality information is not that clear and that's why I bought the book. I was looking for lens recommendations and none if that is here. It touches in lenses but basically rambles. Informative but not really what I hoped for.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT COVERAGE

      By J Frederick

      from San Jose, Ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great price
      • Well written
      • Worth The Reading Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

        When considering buying this book I was skeptical because of the complexities of VR, Panoramic Photography. Books that cover one area well and fall short in others are a waste of money and often time. But after the short time I've been reading and STUDYING it I've found it to be one of the best in my library. Overall Scott Highton's book is excellently written and complete. His explanation of the technical aspects that I knew and those that I wasn't familiar with are well written. As the recipient I've come away with a good understanding of these topics. It's my opinion even a novice could begin with this book and save a lot of money and time. The rest is up to me to apply what the author is attempting to convey.
        Not only does the author share his technical knowledge and skills openly but more importantly; one of the most overlooked areas of professional photography is the business aspect. Without this we're just a bunch of STARVING ARTISTS no matter how GREAT A PHOTOGRAPHERS we are.
        Not only is it well worth the time invested reading and studying but the price is great. Money & Time well spent.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply....the best

        By Henry

        from El Paso, Texas

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Very Illustrative

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 360 Panoramas

          Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

          I'm doing 360 panoramic photographs and this book has been an invaluable help.Very good techniques and also with examples.It takes you step by step to make your Stitchs and even recommends accessories for your tripod.The book price is very cheap compared to[*]

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          2.0

          Not sure what message is being conveyed.

          By Steve Berger Photographic

          from Cincinnati, Ohio

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • More Theory
            • No Useful Content

            Best Uses

              Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

              I bought this book before spending gobs of money to get into panoramic photography. The first 112 pages in in-depth theory of photography like taking a college-level photo/scientific theory course. The rest of the book conveys very expensive equipment is needed to do panoramics and tens to leave the reader feeling worn out and with no desire to explore into the field of panoramic photography. This is solely my opinion.

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              5.0

              Excellent book!

              By Google Trusted Pro

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Great Information
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Panoramic
              • Vr Expert

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business
                • Interactive Vr Photograph
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Objects
                • Panoramas
                • Studio Photography
                • Travel
                • Underwater

                Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

                This is a fantastic manual for panoramic and VR photographers. There's so much information and it's all made so easy to understand - even the technical stuff that you may or may not be so interested in. It was recommended to me by a fellow Google Trusted Photographer, who said it contained so much more useful information that what Google provides. It helped me take my work above and beyond what Google and their clients expect.It's the best $[$] you'll spend if you're doing panoramic or interactive VR photography, or even considering it. The extensive chapters on Basic Photography are probably a must read for ALL photographers, and the Business Practices chapters are worth the cost of the book alone.

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                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                More than just VR photo manual

                By Video Joe

                from Vail, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Resource
                • Thorough

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Photog Education
                  • Real Estatelocation
                  • Real Estate- Location
                  • Vr360 Pano Photography

                  Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

                  I bought this book with a Nodal Ninja NN4, hoping it could answer some questions google wasn't able to easily answer. I found it to be much more than a book about VR photography- it covers basic photographic principles and on through some of the most advanced photo techniques I have encountered in my 15 year career. Case studies from the author's own experience shooting commercial VRs from its inception in the 90s, including the use of film cameras and stocks, to modern day digital cameras and lenses, to specialized equipment for VR like slit-scan cameras, fish eye lenses, adapters and other accessories for VR make this a comprehensive reference for the aspiring VR photographer, or the experienced pro who needs more background information. I was amazed to find very detailed descriptions of complicated engineering concepts behind digital photography that aids the understanding of how and why some everyday, as well as advanced, techniques work-or won't work in some situations. An excellent stand-alone photography textbook that also happens to meticulously document VR photography. Recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic

                  By PanAround

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Educational
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Tool

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commercial Photography
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Panoramas
                    • Professional Work
                    • Real Estate Tours
                    • Travel
                    • Vr Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

                    Great book! I learned more from this book than I did in four years in photo school. From the the basic concepts of photography like composition & exposure to technical information about how it all works, the business side of photography, and the techniques for making great VR panoramas and objects.

                    If you're shooting VR tours, or doing even the most basic photography for the web, you should have this book.

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                    5.0

                    Really good reference

                    By Pano-man

                    from Miami, FL

                    Pros

                    • Clear
                    • Concise
                    • Detailed
                    • Great Value
                    • Thorough

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business
                      • Education
                      • INTERACTIVE
                      • Multimedia Production
                      • Object Photography
                      • Panoramic Photography

                      Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

                      I'm very pleased with this book. It belongs in the hands of every photographer, student or pro, doing multimedia and interactive photography.

                      In addition to its excellent technical illustrations and discussions, it also covers many of the basic foundations of photography more clearly and concisely than any book I've seen in years.

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                      (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A Tremendous Information Resource

                      By NY Photo Tours

                      from New York, NY

                      Pros

                      • Concise explanations
                      • Extensive information
                      • Panoramic Photography
                      • Reference book
                      • Virtual Tours

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Instruction
                        • Reference book
                        • Textbook
                        • User guide

                        Comments about Book: Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images:

                        This is probably the best book available on panoramic and object VR photography - written by Scott Highton, one of the leading experts in the industry. It is packed full of techniques, easy to understand explanations and comprehensive illustrations.

                        It covers not only the basics that anyone new to panoramic or object photography might need, but also extensive discussion of techniques and equipment that experienced pros will benefit from.

                        A complete section on business practices alone is worth the cost of the book for those serious about adding virtual tours and interactive panoramas to their professional photography business.

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