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Author: Tiran Dagan | Website: http://www.TiranDagan.com

Preparing your image

Let's say you want to take a picture of a swimming pool. It is laughable how rudimentary the images can be. Here is a series of images I used to create the final product of this tutorial  (I am resizing them to icon dimensions but they are being included in the ZIP file attached):

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Image 9

How did I take these images? I held the camera in my hand, and turned around in approximately 40 degree increments. My clue is to include what I see on the right side of the frame of one image in the middle of the frame in the next. This allows for good overlapping. The more pictures, the more overlapping, the better the results. I used a Fisheye lens attached to the camera, and you will even laugh harder when you realize that I didn't have an original Sony fisheye lens, so I had to hold the fisheye onto the camera lens with one hand, while photographing with the other. You might want to practice this on inanimate objects, because people have a nasty tendency of moving, and that is extremely annoying to the construction of VR images: You get a guy putting his arms on his chest in one image, and picking his nose on the next, and the result resembles an outer space alien with 3 arms. Make sure not to leave out anything, and to complete 360 turn, even a little more, to prevent the inevitable pain when you return to your computer to discover you screwed up on your shootout... My Sony Mavica Generates large HQ images at 2.5 MegaPixels (2048 x 1536)

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Added: 2001-10-12
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