TSY100-01 – Introduction

TSY100 – 360 Photography & Video I

Placeholder Image: Joshua Tree National Park, California

01.00 – Introduction

PLEASE NOTE: This course is in the alpha stage and will continue to be free until the official release (any beta testing access will be removed at that time).

CURRENT STATUS: (03/01/2021) Laying out framework for lessons 01-05

This tutorial is a crash course in 360 photography and video with no prior experience required.  We will be covering the Qoocam 8K 360 camera from Kandao. Topics will include an overview of the camera and accessories, capture, calibration, stitching and processing both still photography and video.  The goal of this course is to target average prosumer enthusiasts and existing professional virtual tour photographers.

As every 360 camera is unique, the typical default settings do not produce the best results. This course will thoroughly cover creating a camera and lens calibration in PTGui Pro resulting in sub-pixel accuracy will allow your 360 photos and video to stand out compared to the competition and provide a solid foundation for future courses which will cover stereo panoramic capture and even 3D Scanning with your 360 imagery.

Let’s get started!

01.01 – Hardware & Software Requirements

The course is targeted at a budget of approximately $1,000 USD, and while recommended, additional hardware and software is not required.  While the Qoocam 8K camera is recommended for a number of reasons, other 360 cameras can be used with the same techniques.

  1. Qoocam 8K 360 Camera ($559 USD)
  2. Qoocam Selfie Stick with tripod base ($35 USD)
  3. 128gb or larger MicroSD card ($24 USD)
  4. TurnsPro Time-Lapse Camera Mount ($99 USD)
  5. X-Rite Color Checker Passport ($119 USD)
  6. PT Gui ($156 USD)
    1. For HDR Bracketing and HDR Fusion features purchase the Pro Edition which is recommended ($310 USD)
  7. Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription ($50/month USD)
  8. LumaRiver Profile Designer (DNG Edition) ($36 USD)
  9. Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve (Free)
  10. EXIF Tool (Free)
  11. Exif Pilot (Free) Exif Pilot Batch Plugin ($97 USD)
  12. Optional
    1. Bushman Panoramic HALO 360 LED Light ($162 USD)
    2. Bushman Panoramic Claremont Monopod 360 Bundle v2 ($229 USD)
    3. Topaz Labs Gigapixel AI ($99 USD)
    4. Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset ($299 USD)

01.02 – Course Outline

The following is a tentative outline for the course and is subject to change.  All source material will be provided for the course.

  1. Introduction & Principles
    1. Hardware & Software Requirements
    2. Course Outline
  2. Qoocam8K User Guide
    1. Qoocam8k Quickstart
    2. Using a Light Meter App
    3. Camera Capture Settings
    4. Your First 360 Image Capture
  3. 360 HDR Image Capture
    1. Camera Settings
    2. HDR Camera Capture
  4. 360 Camera Calibration
    1. Principles of Calibration
    2. Macbeth Chart Color Calibration Capture
    3. Setup & Test TurnsPro Panoramic Head
    4. Camera Capture
  5. Field Capture – Joshua Tree National Park, California
    1. Location Scouting
    2. Production Planning
    3. On-Site Capture
    4. On-Site Capture Review
  6. 360 Camera Image Pre-Processing
    1. Luma River Profile Designer Color & Exposure Calibration
    2. Adobe Lightroom LDR Processing
    3. Adobe Lightroom HDR Processing
    4. 360 Image Output
    5. EXIF Pilot Editing
  7. 360 Camera Stitching
    1. Introduction to PTGui
    2. Camera Calibration
    3. LDR 360 Camera Stitching
    4. HDR 360 Camera Stitching
    5. Output
  8. 360 Camera Image Post-Processing
    1. Adobe Photoshop Cleanup
    2. Topaz Gigapixel AI & Resampling
    3. Finalization for 360 Viewing
  9. 360 Camera Video Capture & Processing
    1. Setup Guide
    2. Capture
    3. Processing
    4. Output
    5. Finalization for Viewing
  10. 360 Media Deployment & Viewing
    1. WordPress
    2. Facebook
    3. Oculus Quest
    4. Oculus Creator Platform
  11. Conclusion
    1. Online Resources
    2. Suggested Reading
    3. Research & Development
  12. Bonus Materials
    1. Sneak Peek at TSY110 – 3D Stereo 360 Camera Photography I
    2. Sneak Peek at TSY200 – 360 Camera 3D Scanning I

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