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Experimenting With Time-Lapse Panoramas

October 18, 2010 - If you've been following the blog over the past few months, you'll know that epic has been exploring the various potentials of panoramic photography. One recent test we did in the studio was to combine a time-lapse sequence and a full 360 pano of "The Cave". We've been experimenting with time-lapse sequences as well as video inside panoramas for a while, and I wanted to try to integrate the two. The below details the process of shooting and creating the effect,…

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Creating a Panoramic Photo - A Step-By-Step Guide

September 23, 2010 - Panoramic photography has been around for a long time, but at epic, we have taken it to a whole new level. Now, you can experience high resolution full screen panoramic images for a viewing experience that is the next best thing to being there. To make the environment even more interesting, we can add interactive elements such as web links, photos, video, 3D graphics, music and animations.  We call it Interactive Immersive Photography.  So how do we do this? It…

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Texas A&M University Distance Learning - Photo Shoot

May 6, 2010 - As the school with the third largest statistics department in the U.S., Texas A&M University has a history and tradition of graduate education in statistics that dates back to 1963. The school has produced over 700 Master's and Ph.D. graduates since its' inception, and now has a goal to aggressively promote the TAMU Distance Learning program. This department has a strong tradition of theoretical and interdisciplinary research with an internationally recognized faculty. In…

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The Unplanned Photo Shoot - Rectorseal Product Saves the Day

January 10, 2010 - Over the past two days, Houston has been experiencing a cold snap that has plunged temperatures into the low twenties. My blood must have thinned out over the years because twenty degrees here feels far colder than the same temperature up North. I learned to take the cold seriously after a pipe burst in our kitchen wall in 1999, causing several thousand dollars in damages. So, as we watched the cold front move Southward on the TV weather map, we insulated the pipes on the outside…

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A Photographer’s Photographer – Ted Washington

December 22, 2009 – Earlier this month we got a call from an international oil field services company asking us to bid on a virtual photographic tour of their new offshore workboat. This is no ordinary ship. It is the world’s largest coiled tubing vessel, and is truly spectacular in both the size and the technology it employs to service deepwater oil wells. The virtual tour sample they sent us showed a traditional 360 degree panoramic photography, best known as a “QuickTime VR Tour”.…

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