IATH Best Practices Guide to Digital Panoramic Photography: QTVR and Related Technologies


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1. Overview and Objectives [html|pdf]

1.1. Who is this guide for? (commissioner and photographer) [html]

1.2. Introduction and examples [html]

1.3. Brief history and use of panoramic photography [html]

1.4. Basic digital panoramic photography methods [html]

1.5. How to use this guide [html]


2. Pre-Production [html|pdf]

2.1 Establishing project goals [html]

2.2. Choosing the site [html]

2.3. Choosing site nodes [html]

2.4. Environmental considerations / Scheduling the shoot [html]

2.5. Equipment [html]

2.6. Travel preparations [html]

2.7. Local site liaison (Mr. Fix-It / Fixer) [html]

2.8. Site access and resources [html]

2.9. Budget [html]

3. Copyright and Permissions [html|pdf]

3.1. Copyright [html]

3.2. Fair Use and De Minimis Use [html]

3.3. Contract versus Copyright [html]

3.4. Permissions and Releases [html]

3.5. Permits and Insurance [html]

3.6.Additional Issues Relating to Architecture and Art [html]

3.7 International Copyright [html]

3.8 Additional Resources and References [html]


4. Panorama Creation (Part 1): Methods and Techniques for Capturing Images [html|pdf]

4.1. Introduction to types of digital panorama photography and structures [html]

4.2. Introduction to photography and digitization [html]

4.3. Selecting image file formats [html]

4.4. Using image capturing systems and lenses [html]

4.5. Panoramic tripod heads [html]

4.6. Photographic workflow [html]

5. Additional Related Media [html|pdf]

5.1. Object/inverse panoramas [html]

5.2. Audio [html]

5.3. Video panorama (moving image) [html]

5.4. Associated hardware and software [html]


6. Panorama Creation (Part 2): Stitching and Rendering [html|pdf]

6.1. Introduction to the stitching and rendering process [html]

6.2. Preparing raw data [html]

6.3. Software [html]

6.4. Color management on the computer [html]

6.5. HDR and multiple exposure compositing [html]

6.6. Stitching the panorama [html]

6.7. Batch processing, scripts [html]

6.8. Rendering the panorama [html]

6.9. Hot spots, (hyper)links, and executable scripts [html]

6.10. Embedding author information, watermarks, sprite tracks, and copyright [html]

6.11. Converting historical images [html]

7. Standards for Data Documentation [html|pdf]

7.1. Introducing standards for data documentation [html]

7.2. Domain-specific data documentation standards [html]

7.3. Introduction to metadata [html]

7.4. Controlled vocabulary [html]

7.5. Resource discovery metadata [html]

7.6. Terminology resources and classification schemes [html]

7.7. Physical geo-referencing [html]

Viewing, Publication, and Use

8. Resource Delivery and User Issues [html|pdf]

8.1. Overview of resource delivery issues and user interface (VR tours) [html]

8.2. Viewing platform [html]

8.3. Presentation: software and viewing options [html]

8.4. Aliasing, moiré patterns, and other viewing pitfalls and solutions [html]

8.5. Incorporating additional media [html]

8.6. Virtual tours [html]

8.7. Applying panoramas [html]

8.8. Track synchronization [html]

8.9. Controlling access [html]

9. Use [html|pdf]

9.1. Use of panoramas and VR in the lecture/classroom/lab/home [html]

9.2. Scholarly use [html]

9.3. Practical use for engineers [html]

9.4. Internet [html]

9.5. Publications [html]

9.6. Hand-held device at site/landscapes [html]

9.7. Historical and heritage site preservation and restoration [html]


10. Storage and Preservation [html|pdf]

10.1. Long-term physical storage [html]

10.2. Digital preservation strategies [html]

10.3. The global digital preservation arena [html]


11. Conclusion [html|pdf]


Appendix 1. Author contact information and useful organizations [html|pdf]

Appendix 2. Image capture workflow [html|pdf]

Appendix 3. Image pre-processing, stitching, and rendering workflow [html|pdf]

Appendix 4. Sample batch scripts [html|pdf]

Appendix 5. HTML and <embed> examples [html|pdf]

References [html|pdf]

Credits [html]

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