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

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

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

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  • Author: Scott Highton
  • Softcover, 297 Pages
  • Publisher: Virtual Reality Photography
  • Detailed Chapters on Photography Basics
  • Presents Tools of Panoramic VR Imaging
  • Exploration of Object VR Imaging
  • Includes Business Practices Guide
  • Covers Rights, Pricing & Negotiation
  • Richly Illustrated with 300+ Images
  • Full of Artistic and Technical Detail
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Virtual Reality Photography 978-0-615-34223-8 overview

  • 1Description

Learn everything you need to know about panoramic and VR imaging in Scott Highton's Virtual Reality Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images from Virtual Reality Photography. The twenty-four chapters are organized into three distinct sections, to provide detailed information on photography basics before delving into the tools and techniques of Panoramic VR imaging and an exploration of Object VR imaging. The book ends with a section on business practices, which includes discussions about rights & value, pricing & estimating, and negotiation, a chapter on legal concerns and an overview of business and marketing strategies. Richly illustrated with more than 300 images, the book is a vast resource of tips, techniques, and instruction, chock full of both artistic and technical detail.

About the Author
Scott Highton is one of the most experienced QuickTime VR (QTVR) and iPIX (PhotoBubble) photographers in the country, and was the first to use both technologies underwater. He was the first independent photographer contracted by Apple Computer to work with and test QuickTime VR, as well as an early photographic consultant and contract photographer during development of the iPIX technology.

He offers multimedia clients two decades of experience in television and documentary film production, corporate photography, and photojournalism. He specializes in high-technology and aviation subjects, as well as difficult remote location photography including underwater, aerial and extreme environments.

  • Foreword

  • Acknowledgements

  • Introduction

  • Virtual Reality and Immersive Imaging
  • QuickTime VR
  • Planning for Interactivity
  • Photographing for VR
  • "f/8 and Be There!"
Photography Basics
  • Chapter 1: Composition
  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Converging and Leading Lines
  • Scale
  • Relative Brightness
  • Fill the Frame
  • Negative Space
  • Subjects Face Inward
  • Frames Within a Frame
  • Assignment: Composition

  • Chapter 2: Perspective and View
  • Technical Note: Focal Length
  • Types of Lenses
  • Field of View Affected by Camera Format
  • Field of View and Subject Distance
  • Technical Note: Field of View Calculations
  • Lens Quality
  • Assignment: Perspective and View

  • Chapter 3: Exposure
  • Aperture and f/stops
  • Technical Note: Apertures and f/stops
  • Shutter Speeds
  • Using Aperture and Shutter Speed Together
  • Technical Note: Understanding Shutters
  • Flash Synchronization (Sync)
  • Light Sensitivity - ISO and Film Speed
  • Exposure Rule of Thumb - The "Sunny 16 Rule"
  • Determining Exposure with Gray Card
  • Exposure Bracketing
  • Assignment: Exposure

  • Chapter 4: Sharpness and Resolution
  • Depth of Field
  • Aperture
  • Technical Note: Circle of Confusion
  • Subject Distance
  • Magnification
  • Focal Length
  • Technical Note: Depth of Field Tables
  • Hyperfocal Distance
  • Technical Note: Depth of Field Preview
  • Technical Note: Hyperfocal Distances and Depth of Field
  • Shutter Speeds
  • Tripods & Camera Supports
  • Resolution and Grain
  • Lens Quality
  • Dirt and Dust
  • Technical Note: Resolution and Resolving Power
  • Filters
  • Atmospheric Conditions
  • Digital Sharpening

  • Chapter 5: Lighting
  • Direction of Light
  • Quality of Light
  • Quantity of Light
  • Balance of Light
  • Inverse Square
  • Technical Note: When Fill Lighting Overpowers Main Light
  • Technical Note: The Inverse Square Law
  • Color of Light
  • Technical Note: Fluorescent Lights and Shutter Speeds
  • Mixed Lighting
  • Assignment: Fill Lighting

  • Chapter 6: Film and Digital
  • Film Construction
  • Digital Sensor Construction
  • ISO
  • Technical Note: Reciprocity Effects

  • Chapter 7: Digital Basics
  • Digital Components
  • The Basics
  • Storage and Memory
  • Reproduction
  • On-Screen Presentation
  • Print Publication
  • Color Management
  • Commercial Printing
  • Technical Note: PPI vs. DPI
  • File Compression
  • Copyright and Security Concerns
  • Better Security

  • Chapter 8: Practical Shooting
  • Choosing Equipment - Panoramic VR
  • Tripods
  • Pan Heads
  • Cameras and Lenses
  • Choosing Equipment: Object VR
  • Object Turntables
  • Camera Support Rigs
  • Cameras and Lenses
  • Lighting
  • Packing for Travel
  • Traveling on Airlines
  • X-Ray Hazards
  • Checked Baggage - X-Ray Warning
  • Packing Equipment
  • Equipment Maintenance
Panoramic VR Imaging
  • Chapter 9: Panoramic Overview
  • Cylinders
  • Cubes
  • Spheres

  • Chapter 10: Cylindrical Panoramas
  • Single Row Cylindrical Panoramas
  • Method 1 - Stitching a Series of Images
  • Technical Note: Choosing a Panorama Lens
  • Entrance Pupil Alignment
  • Shooting a Single Row Panorama
  • Technical Note: Entrance Pupil Alignment
  • Method 2 - Slit Scan Panorama Cameras
  • Shooting a Panorama with a Slit Scan Camera
  • Method 3 - Single Shot Panoramic Systems
  • Shooting a Panorama with a Single Shot System

  • Chapter 11: Cubic and Spherical Panoramas
  • Method 1 - Multi-Row Panoramas
  • Shooting Multi-Row Panoramas
  • Method 2 - Slit Scan Camera and a Fisheye Lens
  • Shooting a 360° x 180° Panorama with Slit Scan Camera and Fisheye Lens
  • Method 3 - Spherical Fisheye Panoramas
  • Shooting a 360° x 180° Spherical Fisheye Panorama
  • Full Frame Fisheyes
  • Panorama Choice: Film vs. Digital

  • Chapter 12: Panorama Effectiveness
  • Perspective and View
  • Framing and Composition
  • Consistency in Technique
  • Determining Best Exposure
  • Supplemental Lighting

  • Chapter 13: Planning the Shoot
  • Single Node Projects
  • Multi Node Projects
  • Technical Note: VR Photography Slate Book
  • Continuity
  • How Long Will It Take?
  • Other Concerns - Releases and Permissions
  • Safety and Insurance
  • Case Study: The Masco Virtual Showhome
  • Details of the Photo Shoot

  • Chapter 14: Advanced
  • Varying Exposure
  • Selective Focus
  • Compositing Images
  • Underwater and Aerial
  • Underwater
  • Aerial
  • Production vs. Post Production

  • Chapter 15: Related and Support Media
  • Audio Elements
  • Supporting Graphics
  • The Future of VR
  • An Interview with Paul Debevec

Object VR Imaging
  • Chapter 16: Object Movie Introduction
  • Planning Your Object Movie
  • Perspective and View
  • Number of Images
  • Single Row vs. Multi-Row
  • Compression

  • Chapter 17: Equipment and Technique
  • Consistency and Repeatability
  • Camera Equipment
  • Lens Selection (Focal Length)
  • Centers of Rotation
  • Building Your Own Object Turntable

  • Chapter 18: Object Lighting
  • Background Choices
  • Separate the Object and Background
  • Basic Lighting Approaches
  • Expanding the Envelope - Multiple Light Sources
  • Lighting Control Tools
  • Quality and Diffusion
  • Intensity
  • Direction (angle)
  • Shape and Color

  • Chapter 19: Advanced Object Techniques
  • Time Lapse
  • Animation Loops
  • Very Large Objects
  • Aerial Object Movies
  • Technical Note: Positioning Points on a Circle
  • Technical Note: Aerial Photo Tips
  • Synchronized Multiple Cameras

Business Practices
  • Chapter 20: Rights and Value
  • Value and Licensing of Photography
  • Value of Content
  • Reproduction Rights Rule #1:
  • Pricing and Compensation Structures
  • Day Rate Against Usage
  • Copyright and Ownership of Work
  • Reproduction Rights Rule #2: Copyright Protection
  • Multimedia Background
  • Moral Rights
  • Conclusion

  • Chapter 21: Pricing and Estimating
  • Put It In Writing
  • Being Profitable vs. Market Pressures
  • Working on Spec
  • Royalty Free (RF) or Clip Art
  • Estimating
  • Case Study: Estimating a VR Photo Shoot

  • Chapter 22: Negotiation
  • Keys to Successful Negotiating
  • Characteristics of a Good Negotiator
  • Offer Options
  • Making Negotiation Work
  • Negotiating Fees

  • Chapter 23: Legal Concerns

  • Chapter 24: Business and Marketing Strategies
  • Web Sites
  • Printed Materials
  • E-mail
  • Social Networking
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Letters
  • Referrals
  • Advertising
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • Case Study: Landing the First Commercial VR Photo Shoot
  • Staying in Touch With Your Clients

  • Index
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Virtual Reality Photography 978-0-615-34223-8 specs

Type of Media Book
Author Scott Highton
Publisher Virtual Reality Photography
Edition 1st Edition
ISBN-10 061534223X
ISBN-13 9780615342238
Number of Pages 320
Cover Type Soft
Illustrated Yes
Dimensions 8.5 x 11.0" / 21.6 x 27.9 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.54 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.05 x 8.6 x 0.9"

Virtual Reality Photography 978-0-615-34223-8 reviews

Book: VR Photography: Creating Panoramic and Objective Images is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tremendous Information Resource 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.
Date published: 2012-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential before buying a HMD or video VR gear Most of the VR content out there so far is really bad. This is because most of those who are trying to shoot and create it have very little idea of what they're doing, or even the very foundations of the technical requirements.Scott Highton's Virtual Reality Photography is probably the best place to start. It is clearly written and easily understandable, yet contains an incredible amount of information, all from one of the true masters of the medium.Before you go out and buy any of the low cost multi-camera rigs or multi-lens pocket cameras for VR, get this book first - and READ IT. It's the best $$I ever spent on my photo education, and essential for getting started in VR.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! This is a fantastic manual for panoramic and VR photographers. There's so much information and it's all made so easy to understand - even the technical stuff that you may or may not be so interested in. It was recommended to me by a fellow Google Trusted Photographer, who said it contained so much more useful information that what Google provides. It helped me take my work above and beyond what Google and their clients expect.It's the best $$ 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.
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be a textbook This book should be a textbook for both general photography techniques (there are even self-assignments included in early chapters) and VR. But it seems so much more than that. There's an incredible amount of information, with many excellent illustrations. There's technical information when you need it, but everything is explained very simply and is easy to understand. I wish it also included tutorials on VR stitching software, but that stuff seems to change so fast. The book's accompanying web site has links to these though, and the author personally responded to my questions there.
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE book for VR & tour photographers Really good explanations. Easy to understand. Great illustrations. Lots of detail and technical info for those who want it. The author is obviously an experienced pro, yet he explains high end techniques clearly so that the rest of us can apply them on our own. I learn more every time I pick the book up, and my work has improved significantly since I started it. You don't have to read it from cover to cover. Just go to the sections you're interested in. There's so much there, I don't think I'll ever be able to absorb it all. It doesn't include much detail about using stitching software, because this info changes so fast, but the author responded personally to my questions by e-mail.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply....the best 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*
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book on panoramic photography This really is the best book around on panoramic (and VR) photography. I'm a photography professor at a large university, and have the opportunity to review just about every photography technique book that gets published.This one is about as good as it gets, particularly in regard to panoramic photography and the foundations necessary in order to do it well. The book is written clearly and concisely, with regular Technical Notes for those that really want to delve into the technical nature of things. Yet the overall content is written in a very easy-to-understand form for even those just getting started.There are plenty of well-done illustrations throughout the book to make everything even clearer. It's obvious that the author is hismelf a great teacher, and master of his craft.I recommend this book highly, and will be using it as a textbook for future classes. (Reasonably priced, too.)
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT COVERAGE 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.
Date published: 2014-03-07
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