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Types of Photographs

Photographs of Buildings
Sequential Buildings and Blocks
Quicktime VR

Photographs of Buildings

Photographs of the built environment are one of the most simplistic visualization tools. Planners use images to present information in Image Preference Surveys, Presentations, and Before and After scenarios. They are the realistic form of documentation and possess the power to persude or disuade an audience.

You can link photographs to ArcView GIS map within ESRI GIS: ESRI Web tutorial
You can create an image of the map and place hotlinks within the map to link to images online: Photoshop and HTML Tutorial; Example
Photo Database to Manage hundreds of Photographs across Computers or Web: ThumbsPlus, Tutorial to Create Web Gallery using Photoshop, Create your own online Image Database like ImageCommunity.net, Photo Image Organizer for PC or Web

Sequential Buildings and Blocks

When evaluating the block face, a series of images taken from the curb can be pieced together to form a photographic streetscape.

The above images were taken of the entire bock and pieced together in photoshop to create one continuous series of the block veiwd straight-on.

Learn how to piece these photographs together in Adobe Photoshop
Another example of piecing a block together in Photoshop can be found in the Real Time Simulation: Virtual Realtiy for Urban Planners prepared by the same author of this seminar series.

Quicktime VR

A series of images taken from one location with a camera mounted on a tripod, spinning in counterclockwise direction, produces a series of images which can be pieced togher and "spun around the user." This technique is called Quicktime VR and is often used to give a "virtual tour" of a house or location.

To view an example of theQuicktime VR movie, you must have Quicktime installed. If you do, then you can load the movie. (Opens in a New Window)
Tutorial for the creation of QuickTime VR. In this particular tutorial, the software used is Spin Panorama and VR Works. Both software packages are installed in the GCUDV lab as well as in the CUPPA computer lab.


Photomontage requires the most complex skill set using Adobe Photoshop

Taken from Dover and Kohl Developers web site, this after image is a fine example of Photomontage.



The photomontage effect is achieved by working with multiple layers in Photoshop.By pulling from other photographs, parts of images are overlayed on the iriginal to convey the conceptual look of the redevelopment.

Learn How to Create A Photomontage like the one above