What is the course about?
On this practical course you will be taken through the whole process of creating a fully immersive ‘virtual tour’ or panoramic image -see http://www.citylit.ac.uk/studio-virtual-tours for examples. Shooting and stitching images seamlessly together you will start by producing a single row panoramic image, move onto a multi-row 360° by 180° image, then finally be guided through the software process of creating a web-viewable tour.
What will we cover?
- Panoramic tripod heads
- Shooting and stitching single row panoramic images
- What is an image projection and how does this affect the image?
- Multi-image row panoramas
- Creating a web-viewable ‘virtual tour’.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- shoot a series of single images to merge into a panoramic image
- stitch a series of images together and retouch any minor faults using Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom
- select an appropriate image projection
- correctly set up a panoramic head to eliminate ‘ghosting’ of images caused by parallax issues
- shoot a series of images using a panoramic tripod head to capture a full 360° by 180° image
- stitch images together using PTGui software at a basic level
- create web-viewable ‘virtual tours’.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate level course; it is vital that you have full control of your camera and are able to shoot in fully manual mode (including manual exposure and manual focussing). You should also be familiar with the basic operations of image-editing software such as Photoshop, although you will be shown in detail all new operations. You will be introduced to some specialist software called PTGui but this is simple to use and it will be assumed you have never used this (or even heard of it).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course uses specialist software, and you will be encouraged to download the free trial and practise with images you have shot in the class.
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note we will be using Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera with full manual settings and the widest angle lens you own. Fish eye lenses are ideal if you happen to have one. If you already own a panoramic head feel free to bring this with you to practise with, although City Lit has several for you to trial, along with range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Macs, but not written to).
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit runs over 70 different practical and theoretical photography and photographic software courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and digital printing. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.