Andrey Ilyin: “The whole kingdom of new possibilities just absorbed me”

Publié chez 08/05/2013

Par Team

We just told you some weeks ago that wants to know a little bit more about some of the photographers that are part of our community. To know about their photographic passion, their careers, their works… We opened the serie with Vil Muhametshin, and now we continue with Andrey Ilyin.

His first relation with panoramas started thanks to a software that was included in a package of CD’s. He felt curiosity and then built his first panoramic head with a saw and some aluminium tubes. After that, he felt in love with panoramic photography.

Until now, Andrey has got 136 wonderful panoramas published on

Andrey Ylyin

Since when do you start with photography?

Well, everything depends on the definition of 'start with photography' :)

It was present in my life from the very early years – my dad was an amateur photographer, nothing very serious, but we have had the full set of equipment necessary to make BW prints at home – from rangefinder camera Zorky-4 (a replica of early post-war Leica), few tanks for films processing, a red lamp, an enlarger and a dryer. It was unforgettable experience! I still remember the smell of the chemistry, the sense of mystery happening right in front of my eyes when blank paper got covered with faint spots turning into distinct images...

At the end of 90ties when everything was upside down in ex-USSR and I was trying to find some way to earn money, my love to photography that was planted during the childhood years just pushed me to photography as a business. I've bought my first 'serious' SLR – it was a Nikon N6006 – and dove into profession.

When and why did you incorporated panoramic photograph of your work?

It happened by pure chance. It happened in 2004. I've bought a second hand digital compact Canon G5 and discovered in the package a CD with various software, including some primitive panorama stitcher – don't remember it's name. No matter how limited it was, the opportunities provided by this new approach to the images processing just overwhelmed me. I was totally hooked! The whole kingdom of new possibilities just absorbed me. I pretty rapidly progressed from simple 3-4 shots panoramas to spherical panoramas, discovered few resources on the web with collections of great works... Made my first panoramic head with a saw and aluminum tubes, bought a fisheye... and can't stop since than :)

At the moment of falling in love with panoramic photography I had some experience in general photography – from events to portrait and interior photography. It helped me a lot to start fast. I was always keeping a high standard for quality, spending a lot of time and efforts to post process my panoramas as good as possible.

What do you think brings panoramic photography in the big picture?

Some things just can't be shown with the help of traditional media – I mean photographs and video. Sometimes you just need to see the scene as a whole, without the gaps and the editor's manipulation. Panoramas gets somewhere between video and the 'normal' photographs. And of course the spread of fast internet across the world helped a lot. It happened exactly at the moment of my discovery of panoramic photography – spherical panoramas blows the mind of a viewer being displayed full screen (of course under condition if the quality of panoramas is okay). Than goes the availability of the cross-platform viewers for spherical panoramas. Flash based viewers opened the doors wide for general public and for commercial applications. Google's Street view made panoramas even more common and I would say – awaited – by the general public.

Tell us about a panorama that has been particularly challenging for you in its creation.

Hmm... Probably the very first panorama was the hardest. I was burning with desire to produce a real spherical pano, put my hand on fisheye lens already but didn't have a panoramic head yet. So I grabbed a ski pole and put my camera with fisheye (Nikkor 10,5) on the top – trying to position the golden ring of the lens near pole's end while trying to keep a pole vertical. Made few shots in the living room with plenty of objects on the foreground and started the process of stitching. You can imagine how huge were the stitching errors! After few hours of editing in Photoshop I produced acceptable result :)

How you met

It happened so long time ago – I can't even recall how it happened exactly! ViewAt was one of the first services of this kind - providing a platform for fast and effortless publishing of the spherical panoramas on the web. Such option is very important for beginner panoramic photographers who doesn't know anything even basics of html and stuff like this.

Current ViewAt has smooth interface and is more photography oriented than it's competitors. I always recommend it to other pano photographers who asks me about the easy way to share their works on the web.

What brings to your work?

I wouldn't say that ViewAt brings something to my work directly – my main customers are located nearby and found them using old fashioned 'by person' approach. But I regularly surf at ViewAt enjoying great panoramas from around the World. It is amazing how wide this relatively new technique got accommodated by the enthusiast photographers, how the quality got boosted. It is always good to be informed about the general level of standards to stay on the top.

Do you think that with viewAt Pro accounts gets your work easier when you publish your panoramas and you include all the new extra features?

As I mentioned already, my approach to the marketing of photography services relies on the personal contacts. Here in Moscow it gives me better results – richer clients, ready to pay more for high end work.

I have a basic account at ViewAt, it provides plenty of features for casual publishing of panoramas. Of course if I would offer my services globally or at least in the regions where ViewAt is popular in the audience matching to my potential client base, I would buy a Pro account with a heartbeat, it is very affordable and provides plenty of tools for creating of the virtual tours.

Vil Muhametsin: “I see immersive panoramas as one of the best documental format for capturing today's life”

Publié chez 04/03/2013

Par Team

Today we begin a series of interviews with some of the best panographers of We want to know more about their career and their work, so that we may learn from them something more about the world of panographic photography, the challenges that a photographer can find and their views on the world of 360º photography

We opened the session with Vil Muhametshin interview, one of the most active photographers on He has been creating virtual tours since 2003 and he has worked in his country, Latvia, but also in other European countries, including France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. In has published more than 400 panoramas, leaving us his intense professional activity and curiosity to show different views of the spaces he photographs.

Vil thank you very much for your availability and generosity in answering questions!

Since when do you start with photography?

It started way back in the USSR :) in those good old times of Soviet pioneers when I was attending photography course in the House of Young Technicians.

When and why did you incorporated panoramic photograph of your work?

Immersive part of my photographical biography started in 2003. We have been working on multimedia authoring projects for several years already, and at some point we got really bored of countless hours of computer work. So we've looked for something more interesting, dynamic and “vital” in the sense of life experience.

What do you think brings panoramic photography in the big picture?

It broadens horizons :) if seriously, I see immersive panoramas as one of the best documental format for capturing today's life and for reconstruction of the past. It's also a great “stage” for multimedia storytelling, helping you to bring the audience inside your story and allowing to create a game-type environment with integrated multimedia stuff.

Tell us about a panorama that has been particularly challenging for you in its creation.

To be honest I can't remember any specifically challenging panoramas. However there were a lot of “not-easy” ones, for example this view of the most famous Art Nouveau streets in Riga - when there were only a few minutes to raise the pneumatic mast and catch a short blink of the sun, rain and the rainbow in one panorama.

There's also a lot of fun when you work with scenographic panoramas or historical re-enactments:

here we have created an atmosphere of a medieval feast with help of just thirteen people from the restaurant staff and a little music band. They were moving with their plates around the hall for three times to make an impression of a crowded and loud event.

Or this recent one: where we have tried to make a vision of how the sail of a local aristocracy could have looked like in the 17th century.

How you met

It was quite a while ago that I've found this project on Internet. It was the first panorama resource that was designed the way I really liked :)

What brings to your work?

It is an excellent publishing tool for multimedia people and storytellers who are working in the field of immersive media. And of course the big thing is communication with other photographers (and storytellers :) and getting some kind of professional “reality check” of your work. There is nothing like Viewat out there :)

Do you think that with viewAt Pro accounts gets your work easier when you publish your panoramas and do you include all the new extra features?

Definitely. New features bring panorama publishing to the new level of interactivity and take off the limits of author's imagination :) I'm just starting to use ViewAt's new functionality – adding sound and photo hotspots to panoramas and making tours from several panoramas, but already now I can tell that I'm really satisfied with the new options that you've made available to ViewAt!

NYC2012 - an International Vr Photography Association(IVPRA) Event

Publié chez 16/04/2012

Par Team

NYC2012 - an IVRPA Event

Hello to all of you, friends and lovers of panography, being it photo OR video .

The IVRPA is proud to announce NYC 2012 – The International Panoramic Photography Conference taking place in New York City at the B&H Event Space on June 13-16, 2012.

This event is only possible by the generous collaboration of a team of volunteers that committed themselves to make this happen and are working hard to turn this into another successful IVRPA event.

If you want to grab an earlybird ticket, as soon as possible, it's on sale already :

The International Panoramic Photography Conference it’s an yearly event presented by the

Previous conferences where held in Berkeley (USA), Albuquerque (USA), Tucson (USA) and Palmela(Portugal).

Sincerely yours
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Como encontrar el punto nodal de su objetivo… (sin error de paralaje)

Publié chez 29/10/2011

Par Manuel Vega Velazquez

Como encontrar el punto nodal de su objetivo sin error de paralaje, para hacer fotografía panorámica esférica, en forma practica, sin ser un experto en óptica:

Tecnica para toma fotografica de panoramicas sin tripie

Publié chez 24/10/2011

Par Manuel Vega Velazquez

Fotografía panorámica esférica. Técnica de realización sin trípode y con lentes de ojo de pez. Se explica de forma sencilla la técnica de realización de fotografías panorámicas esféricas sin trípode. El método explicado es válido para cualquier combinación de cámara con lente de ojo de pez (fisheye).

La clave para la realización de una fotografía panorámica esférica está en hacer que la cámara gire teniendo como eje el punto nodal del lente, que puede prolongarse hasta un punto fijo del suelo, tomando fotografías equiespaciadas a lo largo de dicho giro. Este punto de giro debe quedar siempre por debajo del extremo de la lente. Esto se consigue habitualmente mediante un trípode y un cabezal panorámico. Sin embargo, en muchas ocasiones no podemos disponer de dicho trípode, aunque eso no implica que no podamos realizar la toma.

La razón por la cual hay que girar la cámara sobre un punto ‘fijo’ es el paralaje ¿Qué es el paralaje? Aquí hay una buena explicación:

Con lentes de ojo de pez este punto fijo realmente no existe, no hay ningún punto exacto donde no se produzca nada de paralaje, simplemente hay una zona donde este paralaje es mínimo, y lo que tenemos que hacer es mantener la lente alrededor de esa zona.

El número de tomas que debemos realizar alrededor del punto de giro depende de ángulo de visión de la cámara, generalmente con un ojo de pez estaremos alrededor de los 180º, por lo que teóricamante con 3 disparos estaríamos cubriendo toda la esfera.

Donde vender tus panoramas

Publié chez 22/10/2011

Par Manuel Vega Velazquez

Welcome to World Panorama Stock

Since the beginning of the 21st century, panoramic images attracting more and more public attention, achieving a degree of popularity that hasn't been experienced for a long time.
Panoramic photographs definitely provide a greater sense of scale about the location than conventional formats.

Editors, have you thought of using panoramic fold-outs in your magazines more often to attract your readers, please?
This travel magazine above contains eight panoramic fold-outs itself.... provides high resolution, high quality inspirational Rights Managed only panoramic stock images to professional photo researchers, graphic designers, advertising agencies, publishers.

Panoramic images for web design, editorial, advertising and corporate use as billboards, murals, posters, free standing inserts, cover pages, wrap covers, double pages, gatefolds, fold-outs and various electronic media uses. iPhone iTunes and iPad eBook application.

You will find a growing number of 6x17's, Xpans and stunning 360 degree panoramas by the best of class panoramic photographers of the world in our stock library.

Check out the categories to the left or use the above search box to search for the photos in our panorama stock library.

Have not found the perfect panoramic photo for your needs? Send us a photo request and we will search it for you.

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See how World Panorama Stock can help you to get better exposure on the Net>>>

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