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Because it's Friday: 360-degree landmark photography

You might recall back in June I posted a music video with some stunning shots of San Francisco, including this circumnavigation of Sutro Tower: I wondered at the time how you could make such a video, and the creators have now revealed their secret. It turns out the process is pretty simple: On a map, draw a circle centered on the target landmark Using Google Street View, find locations along the circle where the landmark is visible. You'll need around 20 locations, fairly equally spaced around the circle At each location, take a couple of photos spaced a few feet apart. Each photo should align the landmark with a reference mark in the viewfinder. Using two photos allows the foreground to move in parallax, giving a sense of motion. Stitch the photos together using PhotoShop. Align the landmark position so that it rotates in place, and add movement blur to the foreground to give a sense of motion. The whole process is explained in the video below, and demonstrated with Toronto's CN Tower.   PetaPixel: How to Shoot Photos for a ‘Space-Lapse’ Animation Around a Tall Building

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid