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Reflection Pool, Berkeley by Landis Bennett.

Sessions, Panels and Workshops

All sessions and speakers information is subject to change.

Friday (optional)

10:00 am-6:00 pm - "VR-101: VR Photography from Start to Finish"
Mentored by Patrick Cheatham, Jook Leung, Landis Bennett, Jan van der Woning, and others
In the computer lab, 535 McCone Hall

6:00-8:30 pm - Beer on the Balcony
On the 5th floor balcony, McCone Hall


10:00 am-5:00 pm - vendor exhibits
1:00-5:00 pm - vendor demonstrations - TBA
In the Lipman Room, penthouse floor of Barrows Hall

6:00-9:00 pm - The World Wide Panorama Reception
In the Lipman Room, penthouse floor of Barrows Hall

Sunday - Plenary Session

All Sunday sessions will be in room 105 Northgate Hall.

Time Session Title
8:00-9:00 Breakfast - Coffee, pastries and fruit on the Northgate Hall patio
9:00-9:45 P0 Welcome, Announcements, IVRPA Annual Meeting
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:00 P1 Delivering on the promise of VR
Speaker: Aldo Hoeben, fieldOfView

In this session Aldo Hoeben (fieldOfView) will discuss and demonstrate a number of setups that take the panoramic image beyond the computer screen and start to deliver on the promise of Virtual Reality as it was originally envisioned in the 80s. The presentation shows how panoramas have always been about immersive experiences, even long before interactive computer graphics enabled us to look around in virtual images -- and how modern technologies can bring new awe to old tricks.

11:00-12:00 P2 From the Microsoft Labs: Photosynth and HD View
Speakers: Matt Uyttendaele and Drew Steedly, Microsoft Research

Matt Uyttendaele from Microsoft Research will describe the HD View project. HD View is about viewing BIG, WIDE, and DEEP images over the web. BIG meaning that there is no limit in resolution. WIDE meaning wide field of view including 360 VRs. DEEP meaning large dynamic range. Matt will demonstrate these features, as well as show how to use HD View on your own immersive content.

Drew Steedly from Microsoft Live Labs will present Photosynth. Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next. With it, you can access gigabytes of photos in seconds, view a scene from nearly any angle, find similar photos with a single click, and zoom in to make the smallest detail as big as your monitor.

12:00-1:30 Lunch - local restaurants or picnic lunch on the Northgate Hall patio
1:30-2:30 P3 Extremely High Resolution Panoramas
Speaker: Greg Downing and Eric Hanson, xRez

Bigger can be better, especially when it comes to image resolution. Greg Downing ( and others will take us through the challenges of capturing and presenting massive images intended to capture maximum detail in a scene. New techniques for displaying these gigapixel images as well as new uses for them will be discussed.

2:30-3:30 P4 Landscape Panoramas, Large Scale Projects
Speaker: Ian Wood, Azure Vision

Ian Wood (, talks about the trials and tribulations of making a living selling panoramic prints to the corporate art market. The session concentrates on two of Ian's large-scale projects: the Landmarks commission for Barclays Bank in 2004 and a two-year architectural commission for Gardiner & Theobald.

3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:45 P5 The Business of VR Photography
Speaker: Scott Highton, Virtual Reality Photography

Many photographers are great at making photos, but not so good at making money. Scott Highton ( is a pioneer in interactive imaging photography and will lead a lively discussion on making sales, covering costs, and interfacing with clients productively (both those from heaven and those from other places).

4:45-5:45 P6 VR Expeditions in Hostile Environments
Panel: Jan van der Woning, Studio Jan van der Woning and Scott Highton, Virtual Reality Photography

This session will look at some of the challenges and rewards of photography in places that are not friendly to camera orphotographer.

Jan van der Woning lives in the temperate climate of Europe, but his work has taken him from the Arctic to the rain forests of Borneo.

Scott Highton has shot VR assignments throughout the world, from Alaska to the Galápagos to Africa and beyond. Over the years, he has adapted or made from scratch quite a number of custom camera mounts and pan rigs specifically for VR photography in difficult and extreme locations. He will bring a collection of these to help share creative approaches to camera placement.

5:45-7:00 Break - prepare for dinner
7:00-10:00 Banquet
At the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
(six blocks from North Gate, allow fifteen minutes to walk there)

Professor Helmut Dersch will present the keynote address after dinner: "Panorama Tools - Open Source Software for Immersive Imaging"
Patrick Cheatham will present awards in the Panoramic Photography Contest


Time Session Title
9:00-10:15 A1 Photographic VR from Unusual Platforms - Kites, Poles, Underwater, in Caves.
Panel: Ian Wood, Gene Cooper, Brooks Leffler

Panoramas taken on dry land and in nice weather usually offer predictable results. But what if that camera is in the air, or underwater? We'll look at some of the riskier (and exciting) methods for capturing panoramic images available to the daring photographer.

A2 VR for Real Estate: the Client's Perspective
Panel: Mark Cowtan,

In a challenging and ever-changing market for real estate, seller agents must provide homeowners and prospective buyers with information and imagery that "makes the deal". This panel will discuss an overview of the forces and technologies that are shaping today's real estate market, from photographic VR to video.

A3 Stitching with PTGui
Speaker: Joost Nieuwenhuijse, PTGui / New House Software Pte. Ltd.

The stitching software PTGui has rapidly emerged as one of the favorite tools of panorama photographers. This session will offer some basics and advanced tips for the software.

This is your chance to sit in with PTGui' s creator, Joost Nieuwenhuijse, and learn the techniques to make your stitching effortless and your panoramas sing!

10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 B1 HDR techniques for Photographers
Speaker: Jook Leung

Master VR photographer Jook Leung shows us how to dodge and burn our way to a panorama masterpiece, using Photoshop techniques.

B2 RealViz Stitcher and VTour
Speakers: Dominique Pouliquen and Ron Pepper, RealViz

RealViz has an interesting suite of products, including Stitcher for making panoramas from multiple still photos; and VTour, for animating synthetic worlds from those panoramas. Learn some of the basics as well as some of the more exciting things you can do with these products in this informative session.

B3 VR in Journalism and Documentary Integrity
Speaker: Gary O'Brien, Photo Editor/Photographer, Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

A Photographer's ethical decision making begins when they point their camera at a subject. We are seeing more and more incidents in the news involving photojournalists and image manipulation.

Gary O'Brien will provide us an overview of the basic principles of photojournalism ethics and how they relate to the shooting of multi-image panoramics. How does a panoramic photographer best adhere to these principles?

11:45-12:30 Lunch
Afternoon Field Trips - prior registration (and payment) required
Alcatraz - Assemble in front of McCone Hall at 12:45, look for Landis Bennett
Golden Gate - Assemble on the North Gate lawn at 12:45, look for Scott Highton
San Francisco Walking Tour - Assemble in front of McCone Hall at 12:45, look for Don Bain


Time Session Title
9:00-10:30 C1 Shooting Panoramas beyond 4,000 Meters
Speaker: Matthias Taugwalder

Climbing mountains and shooting panoramas still belong together, as they did in the golden ages of alpinism 150 years ago. Matthias' climbing tours brought him to some famous mountain summits such as the Dufourspitze (highest point of the Swiss Alps) or the Matterhorn. He'll share stories from his climbing trips and about what has to be considered when you're working in such extreme environments.

C2 Workflow and Automation
Panel: Ken Stuart, Ian Wood, Patrick Cheatham

Computers are good at busy work. Attend this session to learn a couple of different approaches to making the computer do all the hard stuff and leave you free to concentrate on the creative end.

Ian will show an example of a semi-automated stitching workflow using Aperture, PTGui and Runtime Revolution; some examples of Automator actions, and launch an open discussion on people's needs, ideas and questions.

Using tools available to both Mac and Windows users, Patrick will walk you through a special case of "batch file renaming for photographers". The tutorial will include using a combination of programs (a text editor, spreadsheet application and a renaming application) to batch-rename a set of image files using their EXIF data, and a spreadsheet to alter the timestamp information. Sound daunting? After this session, it will be a breeze!

Ken will demonstrate a Perl script that moves sets of bracketed photos into newly created and separately named folders, creating a PTBatch configuration file for each as it does so. From here the photos can be batch stitched by PTBatch and then batch processed via CubicConverter for very efficient QTVR production.

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 D1 Adaptive Dynamic Range images and panoramic tours with SPi-V
Speaker: Aldo Hoeben

Learn how to use the SPi-V engine from its creator. In this workshop you will learn how to create Adaptive Dynamic Range images, and how to combine multiple panoramic scenes into a tour including hotspots, a floorplan, the works.

A good knowledge about stitching techniques, as well as some basic idea about exposure bracketing and 'dynamic range' is recommended for this session. Proficiency with using a text editor is also recommended.

D2 Color Management (Photoshop)
Speaker: Kevin O'Connor

If you don't know your gamma from your gaussian blur, this is the session for you. World-renowned color specialist Kevin O'Connor will illuminate the sometimes puzzling world of getting images to look the way you want them to, in print, on the screen and beyond.

12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:45 E1 Shooting Techniques for Object VR
Speaker: John Greenleigh, Flipside Studios and Tim Petros, Gyro VR

Product, or Object VR is a great method for presenting everything from the latest iPod to next year's hybrid, just as if you were holding one or had it in front of you. But even the simplest object will challenge the best photographer with its lighting and post-production issues. This session will look at some of the best Object VR examples, and offer tips to help you explore this technique.

E2 Photoshop CS3 Tips and Tricks for Photographic VR
Speaker: Kevin O'Connor

CS3 is coming, CS3 is coming! Adobe always seems to be challenging photographers to learn more about Photoshop. This session presented by color specialist Kevin O'Connor will look at some of the goodies in CS3 that are must-haves in your digital kit.

2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 F1 Web 2.0: Google apps, flickr and Beyond
Panel: Aldo Hoeben and Thomas Rauscher

If any company can claim it, Google has been the closest to changing the actual way we work on the web. From Google Maps to Google Earth to the recent introduction of Street View. There are a number of ways to interact with geographical data. So how can you get your own panoramas into the game? Find out.

4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-6:15 G1 Show and Tell
Attendee presentations on their own projects (10 minutes each)
6:15-6:30 H1 Wrap-Up
We thank you for attending, get feedback from you on what you'd like to see next year, and discuss plans for the future.