[Panotour Pro 2.0] Case study #7: Event center | Daniel P. Edwards photographer


Wednesday 18 December 2013

Kolor is pleased to publish online the seventh 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 seventh case study, Daniel P. Edwards photographer uses the virtual tour and Panotour Pro 2.0 to promote the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank (USA) now used as an event center.

Could you introduce yourself?

My name is Daniel and I am 38 years old. I have been a photographer for over 10 years now but have only been shooting 360′s and designing virtual tours for a year or so now. Though I have a background in web design, and am familiar with coding the XML of Panotour Pro to get custom results, and often do this for detailed specialization of my virtual tours, for this particular virtual tour I used no custom coding. Now there is a good bit of custom graphics, but other than that everything else was Panotour Pro 2.0 out of the box.

Kolor team really liked the virtual tour of the event center. We found the place original :) Could you give us more details about the virtual tour?

The location of the virtual tour is The Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank built in 1928. The Calcasieu Marine National Bank is no longer in operation as a bank but is a restored historic building now used as an event center for gatherings like weddings, receptions, parties and meetings. It was built in 1928 and is one of a group of buildings in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA designed by a prominent New Orleans, Louisiana architectural firm, Favrot and Livaudais. In the case of this virtual tour the client wanted a simple tour with basic custom graphics and no mutli-media elements like slideshows, videos or PDF’s. They specifically requested a more “artistic” or “HDR” look to the images. The challenge was to make the images look “real” while not going over board on the HDR look.

We noticed that you used the HDR technique. Can you give us more details about that?

For this virtual tour I used the Nikon D7100 (24MP – 1.5 DX crop) with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. Although this lens is great, it’s a bit difficult for shooting virtual tours with because of the number of positions and rows needed with this lens. I shoot 2 rows with 8 positions and 2 nadir shots. The top row is set at +50˚ so there is no need for a zenith shot. To determining the number of brackets to use I spot meter the brightest area in the room and the darkest area in the room and this is what dictates the number of brackets I use. I always use a 2 stop difference in brackets. A really good web app HDR calculator tool to use for this is HDR Bracketing Calculator by Florian Korn (Since shooting this tour I purchased the Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 and get great quality in a much shorter time. I only need 6 shots around and 1 nadir)

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This is my process: I don’t want to go to much into detail on my exact process but most of the time it goes like this: Shoot RAW – Lightroom – PTgui – Photomatix – Panotour Pro. I will say that is not always the case; there are always reasons for deviation from the “normal” workflow. If you want to learn a whole lot about HDR in one book read The HDRi Handbook 2.0. This is by far the best and most informative HDR book I have ever read. There’s also chapters and sections dedicated to 360˚ pano shooters like us.

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What kind of equipment did you use to make this virtual tour?

Camera and lens Accessories Software
  • Nikon D7100
  • Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
  • Nodal Ninja 4 with rotator D16
  • Zenith and Nadir adapter for Nodal Ninja 4
  • Nodal Ninja EZ Leveler
  • Tripod Manfrotto 055XPROB
  • X-Rite Color Checker Passport for color calibration
  • Spyder4 Elite monitor calibrator
  • HDR Processing: Photomatix Pro 5
  • RAW processing: Adobe Lightroom
  • Color Calibration: X-Rite Color Checker
  • Stitching: PTgui
  • Virtual tour: Panotour Pro 2.0
  • Custom graphics: Photoshop CC
  • Custom graphics: Sketch 2 by Bohemian Coding
  • XML editing: Text Wrangler

Do you have other projects you would like to share with us?

I just started working with a company that handles the marketing in the US for Lexus. We will begin work on 200+ virtual tours for Lexus dealers located in the US. (Here’s a demo still in testing)

If our readers want to congratulate or leave you a kind message, how can they do?

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If you also want to present your work and appear on the Kolor blog for the “Case Study #8″, thank you to contact us by email or leave a comment. Philippe – Kolor team

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