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Diese drei Panoramen sind am heutigen Sonntag am und um den Europaplatz in Aachen entstanden. Der Anlass war die von den Grünen organisierte Demo gegen Atomenergie. „Abschalten!“ bzw. „Abschirmen unmöglich!“ unter diesen Mottos haben heute 4000 Menschen in einer Menschenkette rund um den riesigen Brunnen symbolisch gelbe Regenschirme aufgespannt. Ein tolles Bild, daher auch in 360° festgehalten! P.S.: Nicht erschrecken, es gibt den passenden Ton zum Bild!

360° Panoramas from Alentejo, Portugal

These panoramas were made in the heart of the Alentejo region in Portugal during a trip in October 2014. You can visit the vineyards of the Herdade do Esporao, the civil parish Monsaraz in the municipality of the Reguengos de Monsaraz, a Miradouro between Campo and Alqueva with a view over a hilly Alentejo landscape and finally, a dam near […]

Bogensportplatz und Halle des BSC Karlsruhe

Yet another helpful tip for the open source fans in panography out there. This little tutorial focusses on creating high-resolution little planets with hugin. If you like to create so called little planets from your equirectangular 360° image, there is a way to do it open source. Surprisingly, the answer is: Hugin. Yes, you are right, hugin is a stitching […]

1366552610_applications-officeI know that my tutorials have an international audience, in fact, that was what I aimed for when I wrote them in English originally. Even though, I am still pleased as punch, every time I get some feedback from somebody far away. It's awesome to see how many people from all over the world have read my articles. Last year, a Brazilian photographer sent me images of his panohead he built basing on my construction. This time, a Latvian designer and photographer called Edgars sent me an epub version of the "Panoramic Photography Revealed"-series which he created for himself to be able to read the tutorials on his Kindle. If you have an ebook reader youself you may want to try this version. I tried it myself on a kindle and it looks pretty good:

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Why do I get an error when opening my virtual tour from my local computer instead of a webserver?

This is a very frequent problem and it's caused by the Flash Player's security settings. It is in fact possible to set the Flash Player to display panoramas on your local computer, and it's very easy, too. Here is what you do:
  1. Open the html file of your virtual tour with your favorite browser. In most cases, this is simply done by double-clicking on it. You will certainly see a black screen, maybe with an error message like security error.
  2. Right click on the screen and select Global Setting....
  3. Chose the tab Advanced

If you followed my first two articles about panoramic photography, you now have seen how to build your own panohead and how to create panoramas with the pictures you have shot with it. This article will show you how to create a high quality virtual tour by connecting multiple panoramas together, adding background music and/or sound, setting hotspots, defining actions and so on. Because I am still going open source here, the central piece of software will be the SaladoPlayer, for which I will show the necessary configuration. Now this is very important: Even though there will be a lot of xml configuration to write, there are no programming skills needed whatsoever! Please try to follow this tutorial even if you have no experience in either programming or markup languages and please don't be scared! I will try to start with very simple basics to make this tutorial comprehensible to everyone and walk you through any necessary step. You will be amazed what's already possible with the SaladoPlayer and once you have your first tour running, the second will be a piece of cake!

Basics

First of all, I will give a quick overview how the SaladoPlayer is working. Before we start, you need the latest release of SP, at the moment, this is version 1.3. Go to www.panozona.com or directly to the git (https://github.com/mstandio/SaladoPlayer/downloads) and download a .zip file

In June 2011, I was visiting some good friends of mine in Portugal. It was my first visit over there and I had a great time in the beautiful city of Lisbon but also in Porto, Viana do Castelo and especially in my friend's hometown, Grândola. We were staying in the old renovated cork farm Herdade das Barradas da Serra located a little outside of Grândola. It was definitely one of the most, if not the most beautiful place I ever stayed in vacation. Also, Elsa, Luís and Francisco Dias are the best hosts you could wish for, greetings and a big "thanks!" for making this possible! I took the chance and made some panoramas in and around the facilities. We had perfect sunny weather all week long so it wasn't really hard for me to catch a good moment. It was my first long virtual tour, featuring original sound recorded on-site and other additional images and information. I learned a lot, mostly about recording the sound of crickets and sheeps and making pictures in the Portuguese midday sun at 40°C ;-). The tour now contains 10 panoramas connected via 30 hotspots and for the first time, an integrated google map that shows the visitor his or her current position. Also in the tour is a new set of buttons I created for the SaladoPlayer and that will maybe be included in a future release of the software. For more information about the farm, visit: www.barradasdaserra.pt or www.facebook.com/barradasdaserra Visit the virtual tour (opens in new window):

View all panoramas as flat projected pictures:

There are several companies out there selling very good, but also very expensive panoramic tripod heads. Those are mostly of very good quality and I guess the price is not really a big deal for professionals, their equipment quite often is about 20 or 50 times the value. You can find a pretty complete list of manufactors on the panotools website. But if you like to get started with panoramic photography as non-professional you are probably not convinced about investing 300€ before you even know if panoramic photography is the thing for you. For me, it was the same. So I searched for do-it-yourself tutorials of panoramic heads and I indeed found a lot. But, most of them were focused on the regular guy without a lot of tools at hand and used very basic materials from the hardware store as well as pretty easy assembly techniques. The results were fair for the effort, but they have some problems competing with the commercial solutions. Sometimes they even need additional commercial photography equipment, like air levels, exchangeable mounting plates or similar. I've seen tutorials where the result was about 100€, which in my opinion, has left the low-cost sector. After looking through several of the tutorials I decided to construct my own. I have access to my fathers workshop, who is a locksmith, so I was able to manufacture my panohead a little bit more precise and sturdy than others. In total I made 3 versions of panoheads so far, because my needs changed over time and I had some improvements that came to me while using my panoheads.