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Museum of Glass at Dusk by Randy Kosek.

Tutorial Day 360 & VR Photography Photokina 2014


Following on our success at former Photokinas we will organize a tutorial day on Tuesday September 16, the first day of the fair, where both beginning and advanced photographers can learn how to improve their VR photography and production. Experienced VR professionals will be giving an introduction to panorama shooting concepts and techniques in the morning, followed by a short photo-safari, and then hands-on computer-based production sessions in the afternoon. A hands on workshop that will give you a boost start in VR photography or improve your skills in producing VRs.


Seminar learning:

10:10 (20 mins) Welcome: questionnaires, introductions and overview
(Questionnaire draft to follow)

10:30 (30 mins) Shooting: the foundations
Correct rotation
Leveling, overlap
White balance issues, techniques and tricks
File formats (RAW vs JPEG)
Exposure tips and tricks

11:00 (30 mins) Equipment: essentials and extras
Camera support (tripod, monopod/pole, other)
Panorama heads (Nodal Ninja, 360Precision, etc.)
Shutter release options (wired and wireless remotes)

11:40 (15 mins) Break

11:55 (30 mins) Thinking: understanding the specialisms
Zenith and nadir for sphericals (intro, not Viewpoint Correction)
Panorama-specific aesthetics

12:25 (30 mins) Preparation: checking student equipment
Set-up: checking cameras, head alignment

12:55 (45 mins) Lunch

13:40 (75 mins) Short excursion for shooting panoramas

Production workflows:

14:55 (30 mins) Processing images
white balance, HDR, etc.

15:25 (60 mins) Stitching images
PTGui overview
Different workflows
Leveling panoramas
Viewpoint Correction
Output options

16:25 (15 mins) Break

16:40 (30 mins) Post (stitching) production
Checking, fixing, correction, patching, sharpening, converting...

17.10 (35 mins) Publishing
Overview of options (KRPano, FPP, QTVR, HTML5, Java, etc.)
Pano2VR in depth

17:45 (15 mins) Q&A


The fee will be € 140/$ 185 for members and € 160/$210 for non-members. Non-members may decide to become members and pay the same total amount, but receive all the benefits of being a member. Benefits such as entering in the photo contest (extended submission is closed) or attend the VR conferences next year (at the members rate) with loads of tips, information and showcases of experienced VR photographers.

The fee includes a one-day entrance ticket to Photokina and a lunch.


Each individual must provide their own camera equipment (and laptop computer). The tutorial leader can be contacted before the conference to advise on equipment and preparation.
Space in the tutorials will be limited so advance registration is required.

Tutorials leader

Keith Martin was a tutor at previous Photokinas and conferences with great success. He has graciously agreed again to be your leader at VR Photokina and help with all your questions and problems regarding VR production.
He will be assisted by a German speaking VR photographer, who knows the best spots in the centre of beautiful Cologne to shoot great pictures, which you will use in the afternoon sessions to create interactive panoramas.

Set up of the camera and tripod, finding the Parallax Point, shooting the Nadir and Zenith, stiching and the different software types are some of the subjects that will be treated.