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Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading, the image or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 

Posts tagged “Virtual Tours”

Earlier this week, our Director, David Hogg, gave an evening-long talk on the topic of Panorama Photography at Godalming Photographic Club in Surrey. The content of the talk was designed to introduce members to the concept of image stitching, and covered its range of powerful applications including gigapixel panoramas, spherical panoramas and virtual tours – as well as simply being able to capture wider vistas and taller skyscrapers when on holiday! 
Earlier in the year, Horizon Imaging was commissioned to produce two virtual tours for London-based student accommodation firm, The Stay Club. As part of a complete redevelopment of their website, The Stay Club wanted to incorporate virtual tours to allow their website visitors to explore The Stay Club's facilities from the comfort of their computers / mobile devices at their leisure. 
 
The Stay Club own several sites across London, and they wanted to start with tours of their Camden and Willesden sites which are shown here. 
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take some elevated photographs of the London skyline, 50 feet above the roof of a building in Harlesden, Brent, London. However, the building was in a very congested area, so use of our radio-controlled drone was not possible. Instead, we used our fully-portable telescopic mast. 
Last month, Horizon Imaging was commissioned to produce a promotional video for specialist builders merchants, George Lines in Colnbrook, Berkshire. As well as capturing footage from around their yard and office, we also took a set of aerial photographs with our mast from a number of points around their site, and a set of photographs of all the products they stock. 
Aerial imagery of the George Lines Builders Merchants in Colnbrook, Slough
Horizon Imaging was recently contacted by a homeowner in Epsom, Surrey, who was keen to determine where the best views of the surrounding landscape were to be found in their garden – not from ground level, but from first and second-floor level! The homeowner's plan was to identify the points in their garden which gave the best views, and then construct their new house around those views. 
Drone aerial photograph of part of the Sompting Estate near Worthing, West Sussex.
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take a set of panoramic aerial photographs to simulate the views from a proposed new house in St George's Hill in Weybridge, Surrey. 
 
As the required photographs had to be taken from an exact height (as calculated by the architect of the new property), our telescopic mast was used instead of the drone. The mast is able to support the camera at a perfectly fixed point in space, allowing panoramic photographs to be captured with no changes in perspective between the photographs. 
Whilst on holiday in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park a few weeks ago, I sneakily took my aerial photography platform and Virtual Tour equipment with me so I could capture some photographs of the wonderful cottage where we were staying. You can see one of the resulting aerial photographs and a Virtual Tour I created. 
Horizon Imaging is excited to announce the launch of a completely new service alongside our Architectural, Mast and Drone Aerial Photography services – Interactive Virtual Tours. 
 
Built on David's experience in producing High Dynamic Range images for his Architectural Photography clients and capturing panoramic images using specialised panorama equipment in his spare time, Horizon Imaging's interactive Virtual Tours allow the user to immerse themselves in a beautifully realistic virtual world. You can jump between different locations using 'hotspots' and engage with fully-interactive virtual content such as localised sound effects, audio narration, embedded images, videos and overview maps.