Kolor is pleased to publish online the sixth post blog entitled “Case Study”. Its purpose is various:
- Enhance and highlight the work of a photographer
- Present the results obtained with our software solutions and present business field where they can be applied
- To put the photographer in touch with potentials customers
For this sixth case study, Thierry Russo-Delattre photographer uses the virtual tour and Panotour Pro 2.0 to promote The Château de Mirambeau (France). Let us discover the site of an old medieval fortress!
Thierry, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Thierry, I am 43 years old and I am the first tenor at the Opera of Nice since 1995. I studied design and visual arts. Then, I turned to graphic design and photo editing. Since 2008, I am interested in photography. I have merged my studies and this latter passion and now I am an expert in art portraits and real estate photographer.
Kolor team really liked the virtual tour of the campus. We found it awesome, congratulations! Could you give us more details about the virtual tour?
First, the shooting. It is crucial to thoroughly prepare and master the technique. Often the photographer works in haste. In the midst of luxury, we have no margin for error because the customer is on the premises and must not be disturbed. The luxury world has codes which needs to be known. We must be discreet and professional. There are special hours to shoot and I had plenty of time to come back and move freely on the spot! To get this beautiful light, I had to come early in the morning. There is no secret, to make a good virtual tour you will have to encounter some constraints.
Concerning the image stitching and the creation of the virtual tour, I was already familiar with the products Kolor Autopano Giga version 2.6 and Panotour Pro version 1.8. To be honnest, I only work with Kolor software solutions. To me, it was important to exploit features and possibilities almost unlimited offered by Panotour Pro version 2 to create this virtual tour. I immediately felt that I was going to make something great with it…
Your virtual tour looks great! We notice that you have customized many things. How much time did it require?
I first spotted in the records the images generated by the piece of software, rollovers, their dimensions and their place in the xml files to customize them. It was first necessary to make voluntarily an aesthetic choice and understand where all this was located in the folders to save my images separately. The brilliant idea you had was to insert wherever we wanted stills above and below the buttons, the bottom menu, miniatures.
As I am a little dude that does not code and not do anything like everyone else , I turned a few features to suit my needs. I recreated a few buttons to insert the menu navigation buttons at the bottom. This is the case for the link to the official web page of the castle (www icon. ) For the photo gallery and the link to the Bing map because I do not have a key Wap! But who said menu button necessarily mean rollover. So I recreated graphically a rollover button and I did match copy and paste the xml code!
Another example, I used the Help command ( “?” Icon ) to insert a personalized photo credit! I have therefore benefited from animation to demonstrate my virtual card because I am convinced that people will become familiar with the controls of the mouse!
Just as I have not used strips customizable colors, I inserted around still images “. png” shadows to bring more realism and character to the graphic . Miniatures on the top have a great background image rollover + a + right and left arrows + ornaments placed finish at the extreme left and the extreme right and above the background image ( so arrows to be able to resize correctly ) + ornament in the center, which thus remains centered no matter the size of the browser window as it is independent of the background image. Even social networks button have been completely recreated with special character fonts.
I took a week to find the graphic theme and about one month to understand all features included in Panotour Pro version 2. The final rendering was done in 10 days. Now I will spend less time because I know now how it all fits and works. I also have had at my disposal plenty of Photoshop effects that are easily found on the web and that can magnify a place.
What kind of equipment did you use to make this virtual tour?
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Do you have other projects you would like to share with us?
I have just finished my personal website where I present my work of art, real estate and hospitality prestige portraits. For virtual tours, I have nearly done the Maison Forte de Reignac, another very mysterious castle over 700 years old. A less ambitious project than the Château de Mirambeau but interesting from a cultural point of view. I think this virtual tour will be delivered in early January 2014. As soon as possible, I will purchase a pole to take a little height in my virtual tours.
If our readers want to congratulate or leave you a kind message, how can they do?
If you also want to present your work and appear on the Kolor blog for the “Case Study #7″, thank you to contact us by email or leave a comment. Philippe – Kolor team