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Old 08-01-2008, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help! One of my clients asked me to shoot a few laptops and wireless cards for a website they're building ... and they asked if I could shoot the products so they could turn the images into a 360 degree presentation so when your cursor rolls over the image, it rotates. They already have someone who has the software to turn the images into an interactive rollover ... I need to know how I shoot everything. Anyone out there have experience with this type of photography?

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Old 08-01-2008, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Help! One of my clients asked me to shoot a few laptops and wireless cards for a website they're building ... and they asked if I could shoot the products so they could turn the images into a 360 degree presentation so when your cursor rolls over the image, it rotates. They already have someone who has the software to turn the images into an interactive rollover ... I need to know how I shoot everything. Anyone out there have experience with this type of photography?
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think you might try putting the stuff on a turn table AKA Lazy suzen . I think ether a whole bunch of still shots and also maybe shoot video as you rotate the turn table. I will see what I can find out about that stuff. From what I remember it's some kind of Flash tool that you use to make the 360 deg preview.

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Old 08-01-2008, 11:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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check that, use a Tripod and rotate each shot, so that there is a slight overlap and let them stitch them together. The horizons need to be on the same plane. It sounds similar to how you would stitch photos together to make a Panoramic shot, it's just with more photos and you connect the first and last shots together...
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Check out the new Microsoft photographic software. I saw it demonstrated and it has a feature that will take images and build them into a 360 degree view automatically. It was one of the most amazing things I've seen.
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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...or, you can use a fisheye lens...http://www.haseltine-photo.com
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm no pro. I would try a light tent or box diy or store brought. Use a rotating table or platform as mentioned above. A white tile board or glass for a nice reflection. Let it whirl and click away.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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First, exposure and focus must be on manual. The key to good panoramic photography is that you rotate the camera around the optical axis of the lens. This is where the light rays cross inside the lens and not the body. Search Virtual Reality Photography on the Internet to get information and hardware on the subject. To find the optical axis, you guess at it and then rotate the camera around the vertical axis while looking at two objects through the viewfinder at different distances. If the objects move relative to each other, then try a new optical axis. Repeat adjusting the axis until the two objects do not move relative to each other. The rotation around the optical axis is just as important if you are photographing a room or a landscape. Often a piece of hardware is needed which will make the adjustments and can be set for a specific lens once the optical axis is found.

There is a short cut. Find the information on your lens generally in the manufacturer's catalogue. Often they will show a cross section of the lens and rays passing through the lens. The optic axis is where the rays cross in the picture.
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What you are talking about is relatively simple and yet tricky at the same time. The trick to getting it right is to have at least a 50% overlap of each I've been shooting these types of photographs for about 10 years and have found the overlap to be the key. You must level your tripod before starting to shoot unless you want to crop out most of your image at the top and bottom. For some examples of my work in this area go to http://heatherwynters.homeip.net/Photography/Panoramas

Once I get the images in the computer I use Panorama Tools with the help of PtGui. Otherwise you just can't get the seams right. Most of the panoramas I see fall apart in the seams. Avoid that and you will find they aren't too hard after a while. Many of my images were made with over 10 images and some with as many as 20. Just be patient and you'll get it.
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Yeah, definately the lazy-susan and everything in manual. I'd get additional information from the client about what the software expects for overlap.
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