Advanced Interactive Media/Other Topics/Interactive Photography
In the year 1826, the first photograph ever taken was developed by Nicéphore Niépce. The picture was not that clear and it took over 8 hours to expose.
Since then photography has expanded by leaps and bounds. In the 1990's. Quicktime introduced the Quicktime VR, which allows you to create an almost interactive photograph that emulates a 3D space. This surprised everyone, and the technology was so new. Photography has now been taken to another level using VRs again. To create a VR, a photographer must set a tripod up with a specialized head. The photographer precedes to take shots of the surrounding environment at various angles. The photographer must then import the photos into a "VR stitcher", where they will "stitch" together the shots taken in the field to produce a single spherical scene that can then be navigated in Quicktime. A company named Z360 introduced time-lapse VRs. It is a VR environment with moving pictures or action moving in the pictures. "Z360 is a company that combines photographic imagery and digital delivery to create dynamic and informative displays for on-line communication. Unlike many multimedia developers, we provide a complete service, allowing us to control quality and create an efficient workflow specifically tailored to your requirements. This site shows a wide range of examples which mostly require Quicktime, but look out for Java or Flash examples. In the age of broadband, we believe our approach becomes increasingly valuable, providing a fast, immersive and truly user led experience". Their Motion Vr and Panorama VJ are ingenious.
Motion VR (http://z360.com/motion/prim.htm)
Panorama VJ (http://z360.com/vj/bad.htm)
The future of interactive photography will excite even the novice photographer. As more and more software becomes available, photography is dramatically moving toward becoming a completely digital media.