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2007-02-25
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Hey Smooth,

Check this one out - I tried to make color and brightness more equal from pano to pano... I think I have made a little improvement since the first two in this post. Let me know what you think!

In a situation like this Living Room - How do you get a pano for show better view through the window without making everything else too dark?

Here is the link:
http://www.listingswithtours.com/0260/

By the way, if anyone who reads this has any good advice for improving my photography I will be happy to receive it as I want to be the best I can - I think we have plenty of great new virtual tour templates for our tours and the pdf flyers print nicely and we have a nice traffic stat reporting program for our clients, now I can focus on the imaging and producing better panos and photos.
Will Best
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Real Estate Virtual Tours and Floor Plans
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Thatone,

As stated in an earlier post, I like your VT package. I to have struggled with the blownout windows. There are a few different techniques we have used to correct the problem. In the following example I shot two sets of photos, one for the windows and one for the room. Then we Photoshop, copy and paste the good windows over the blownout windows. Easy enough said but it takes a little practice to properly feather the window.   Also you must alter the opacity in the corrected layer to make it look natural.

The second method is employing some of the new HDR techniques. To utilize this technique you must use bracketing to make certain that your photos are pixel to pixel accurate.   Again practice is the key to find good balance. Personally I am leaning on the first alternative but continue to experiment with HDR.

Here is an example tour that I did with the cut and paste method. The family room in my tour is a good apples to apples comparison to your living room example posted.   


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Thatone,

BTW,
It seems to me I have heard your Smooth Jazz music before...
Boney James maybe???

If that is so I hope you have taken the necessary steps of royalties for publishing that music. I know it can be a lot trouble if not taken care of properly. Just a heads-up...

Mel
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Hey Mel,

Thanks for the reminder on that - About half of those are royalty free and I know there is one Boney James and a few Brian C. (who I opened for a concert once!). I used to play pro for a living so I know all about royalty issues - I was testing the player for the tours so now that I am using it, it's time to take out the 'good' tracks :-( ...

Have you tried any of the image layering programs? Seems to me that I have seen something like that posted on the forum before and there are programs that you can buy to layer a set of three images over each other? Does that sound right? What software would that be?
Will Best
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Hi Thatone

Many of us use Photomatix from http://www.hdrsoft.com/ to produce HDR panoramas. The program combines a set of pictures taken at different exposure levels, so you have to take both under and overexposed pictures and them combine them with Photomatix or a similar program.

I hope this helps.

 


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That was the program I was thinking of! Thank you for sending the link - I will be giving this a try.
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Thatone,

Yes Photomatix is one I have used. Also I have tried this Photoshop technique for HDR. Check it out here.
Take a look through the powerpoint first to understand what they are doing. I used this method after creating two panos. You could apply the technique to each image prior to stitching but that is a lot of extra cycles. The actions work very fast but you have to have good pixel to pixel matching on the two sets of images. Where I have had some difficulty with this method is when your stitcher varies matching points. Blending the two shots will produce some softness. It is worth looking at however.

Mel


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