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Monthly Archives: October 2010

360 Degrees of Grand Canyon National Park Virtual Tour CDROM (National Parks and Monuments)

360 Degrees of Grand Canyon National Park Virtual Tour CDROM (National Parks and Monuments)

Explore over 400 miles of rim, river, and trails in the Grand Canyon! Includes over 75 interactive panoramas, 3D Grand Canyon maps, interpretive text, bonus screensaver, and much more! Plays on virtually any computer, Windows or Mac compatible.

Price: $ 17.95

Star Trek: Captain’s Chair: The Virtual Tour of Five Starship Bridges

Star Trek: Captain’s Chair: The Virtual Tour of Five Starship Bridges

What’s it like to be in command of one of the most powerful ships in Starfleet? In Star Trek Captain’s Chair, you get the chance to experience the excitement of Starfleet’s most famous ships — and get your hands on the Federation’s latest (and earliest) technology.

Using photorealistic QuickTime VR technology, Captain’s Chair puts you on the bridge (and behind the panels!) of your favorite Star Trek ship — including the spectacularly recreated Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Set in the 24th Century as a museum archival holosimulation of the Federation’s finest ships, Captain’s Chair is as close to living in the world of Star Trek as you can get…unless you own a holosuite.



  • 100 MHz Pentium™ 90 or better
  • 16 MB RAM
  • Graphics Card which supports Quicktime
  • 2x CD-ROM drive (4x recommended)
  • SoundBlaster™ 16 or 100% compatible sound card


  • PowerPC™, System 7.5 or better
  • 256 color, 640×480 resolution monitor
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 4x speed CD-ROM drive

    List Price: $ 15.00

    Price: $ 46.63

  • Understanding Close-up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with or without a Macro Lens

    Understanding Close-up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with or without a Macro Lens

    • ISBN13: 9780817427191
    • Condition: New
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    In Understanding Close-up Photography Bryan Peterson turns his attention to a topic that is an ongoing favorite with photographers. But where most macro photography books focus on capuring subjects in nature, Peterson promises to go beyond, teaching you to photograph a range of subjects from animals and plants from the garden, beach, or mountains to objects found in the kitchen, supermarket, even the junkyard. In addition to information on equipment, exposure, light, and composition, his book will feature elements of technique that go beyond the norm, teaching you to shoot not just what is generally considered close-up, but to go even closer to the point of abstraction. He will also show you how to produce the intimacy of a close-up within a larger shot–how to capture the look in your subject’s eyes without compromising the clarity of the surrounding scene. And as always, Peterson offers his signature touch with his personal terminology: in what he likes to call “Pop Junk” he shows how combining creativity with the right digital technology can turn close-up photos of the most ordinary objects into surprising pieces of art.

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    List Price: $ 25.95

    Price: $ 15.99

    Multi million dollar assignment for Photoweb

    InterContinental The Grand hotel, New Delhi. T...
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    InterContinental Hotels Group

    As part of the most ambitious global photographic assignment ever undertaken within
    the hotel industry, international photography company PhotoWeb has been commissioned by IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) to photograph 3,500 of its hotels across the Americas. The multi-million dollar contract will create a bank of over 100,000 still images and virtual tours, enabling guests to get the best ever picture of hotel rooms and facilities when they book online.

    IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of guest rooms: 650,000 in over 4,500 hotels. The eighteen month project which will be completed by the end of 2010 involves a fifty-strong team of PhotoWeb photographers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America working across IHG’s well recognised and respected brands: InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

    With hotel research and booking now done almost entirely on the web, the impetus for this unprecedented investment came from research carried out by IHG which showed that high quality photography had a strong positive impact on booking levels.
    “Our research has shown that professional, high quality images improve our brand
    perception and online sales, especially if the images are consistent across all of the
    properties” said Steve Sickel, IHG Senior Vice President of Distribution and Relationship Marketing. “People expect to be able to make informed comparisons and decisions online, so the most important thing for our potential guests is to be able to see accurate, realistic and high quality photographs of our rooms and facilities, including virtual tours.”

    Each of the 3,500 participating IHG hotels will receive a package of 33 images, including both still photos, and 360 degree virtual tours images which rotate slowly on their own, together with a zoom facility. These are ideal for providing a panoramic view, allowing guests to explore every area from floor to ceiling.

    PhotoWeb is using Canon 5D mark II 21 megapixel camera systems, selected for their ability to enlarge up to 40 foot billboard size, and custom made rotators chosen to ensure the highest degree of virtual tour precision. All project photographers participated in an intensive three day seminar where they were trained in how to achieve the high standards and levels of consistency required by IHG.

    David Firestone, Project Director for PhotoWeb, said: “We were thrilled to be chosen and trusted with a bold project like this. In a very competitive market where customers make their decisions online, it’s surprising that many hotels haven’t yet made the investment in the right level of photography that will make their offer stand out.

    “We’re shooting exclusively in raw format due to the higher quality and additional
    flexibility compared with the compressed jpeg format. And in line with IHG’s standards we’re not propping the shots or using models, because people want to see what their room – and the hotel – will actually be like when they arrive. We are keeping it real.”

    source PhotoWeb

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