, or virtual reality photography
, is the interactive viewing of wide angle panoramic photographs
, generally encompassing a 360 degree circle or a spherical view.
VR photography is the art of capturing or creating a complete scene as a single image, as viewed when rotating about a single central position. Normally created by stitching together a number of photographs taken in a multi-row 360 degree rotation; the complete image can also be a totally computer generated effect, or a composite of photography and computer generated objects.
VR Panoramas are viewed through movie players, such as Apple's QuickTime
software, which may be part of a Web browser plug-in or a stand-alone player application. QuickTime VR
(QTVR) was the original interactive panorama format, but there are now a growing number of different players and plug-ins. Many of these are based on Flash
, but some use Java
, custom programming using OpenGL
. Most of the players can be seen in the Panorama Player Comparisons project.
The term virtual reality is used different here then in it's original meaning of a reality that only existed in a computer and not in real world. As the photos above are made in the real reality, the term virtual reality photography can be considered incorrect.
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