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  • in reply to: Panorama Pole Question #15207

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    gianluca milasi, there is a video from Jürgen and Markus Matern. it is available for IVRPA members in our video archive for Vienna 2017 conference.

    http://ivrpa.org/ivrpa-conference-video-archive/

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Kyle Giesbrecht (2017) #14990

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Good statement Kyle, education is very important and there is a lot to do.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Sam Rohn (2017) #14988

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Thank you Sam, for the work you did in the past and the future.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Al Caudullo (2017) #14958

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Al,
    Thank you for your Candidate Statement, I am sure you would be an asset for IVRPA.

    I know that you like to share your knowledge. This is certainly the most important mission of IVRPA.

    Go for it.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: IVRPA 2017 Board of Directors Election: Announcement #14955

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi everyone,
    Even if Keith wrote that it’s a serious commitment, I want to insist on this commitment.

    First of all, being a board member can be fun. You have great ideas? GO FOR IT! Keep in mind that you have to give some of your time to IVRPA outside the online meetings.

    Someone on the board is only one piece of the IVRPA engine. There are 6 other Board members. YOU HAVE TO WORK AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. If you are not a good teammate, forget it. If you can’t spell respect without 3 typos, forget it.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate statement – Keith Martin (2017) #14954

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Keith,
    I am happy to see that you want to continue for another 2 years. Any specific projects that you want to take care of?

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: What camera to buy to freelance? #12927

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    You might look in the right direction. Check your output device.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: What camera to buy to freelance? #12926

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    You might look in the right direction. Check your output device.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Best camera 360 paragliding sport #11648

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi William,

    Start with a Theta S.

    You land and 30 minutes later your video could be online. Is it the best the 360° industry could offer? Certainly not, but you have to start somewhere.

    Have fun!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Next Conference? #11372

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    It’s in Vienna June 3-6

    The web site is not online yet.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Looking for VR photographer in St. Louis, Missouri, USA #11325

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Tan,

    We do not have any member listed for Missouri. Feel free to find a professional member in our member list.

    D a search for members in surrounding states like Illinois. http://ivrpa.org/members/

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Introduction & Hello #11250

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Welcome aboard!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Desktop recommendations? #11241

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Emily,

    I have a MacBook Pro but it’s only for when I am on the road. I stick small panos from a 10,5mm lens but when I do serious work, I use a MacPro. The latest ones are really great.

    If you are producing large panos, go for the fastest you can afford. As much memory as you can. Most applications will be much faster with a lot of memory.

    If you use PTGui, check this link for compatible video cards. http://www.ptgui.com/support.html#7_1

    I had a 2010 MacPro and switched to the latest MacPro and a job that took 4 hours to stitch now stitches within 20 minutes… It was for a 105 shots pano (36 megapixels).

    Good shopping!

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Stitchless creative 360 VR panoramas – PanoMoments #11235

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Dustin,

    Of course it is a self-promotion post but sometimes we see great new products.

    I wanted to give it a try but I got an error message that says Safari is incompatible, Google Chrome required. I launch Google Chrome but I got another error message. You need to update your version of chrome! I didn’t update my Chrome and left your site. Bad user experience.

     

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: What camera to buy to freelance? #11226

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Daniel,

    First of all, buying some gear will not make you a media producer, I hope that you already have experience in filmmaking.

    I never start an analysis with a price. You should list the features you need. Here is a good article to start your exploration.

    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/360-cameras-comparison-video-things-to-know-before-you-buy/

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Maximizing ROI for sponsors #11082

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    I only use past experiences, good or bad, to move forward. I would have been a very poor historian because future catch most of my attention.

    Attached the Partners Prospectus from last conference. It’s about the same as the one for Prague.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Maximizing ROI for sponsors #11076

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    We were never told this was forbidden(?). Our plan was to advertise through radio, newspaper, and other local media – our cost.

    For radio, TV, newspaper, we live in a free world and you can do what you want. If we want to advertise in a hotel or a conference venue, we need to deal with them. The Tropicana told us that we cannot put advertisement in the hotel.

    For the number of attendees, as far as I am concerned, we never put a limit. For allowing non-members in the conference room, as long as I will be on the BoD, I will object myself to it. Our membership do not cost 999$ but a very modest $50.

    Non-members are allowed in the Marketplace since Prague. I even tried to give away tickets to photography students to get new faces to the Marketplace but after a second reminder, I got a single answer, from 7 different “photo schools” and they asked me to stop my sollicitation because 360° media was way too far from what they teach.

    For Québec City, I had a huge coverage, from local, national and even Radio-Canada International.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Maximizing ROI for sponsors #11070

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Please don’t let others think that we have something to hide. The BoD don’t.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Maximizing ROI for sponsors #11069

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    I won’t address other key aspects as much as been brushed under the rug and really not worth the time or energy to discuss beyond the bullet points.

    Hem… I certainly don’t know what you are talking about.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Maximizing ROI for sponsors #10994

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    6) Sponsors should be allowed free social tickets for spouses especially if buying higher level of sponsorship or at least ‘highly’ discounted rates.

    As far as I remember the spouses tickets were always calculated at our self cost. Which means they pay for food at dinners and coffee breaks and transportationand entrance fees during excursions. There might be a small markup to cover cost for administration. So there is little to no room to cut these costs.

    Gold and Platinum partners tickets include respectively 2 and 3 tickets for spouse.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Maximizing ROI for sponsors #10991

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Bill, Here are my reflexions on these. First of all, we already had discussions on a few of these matters and since a few years, the organic did many changes. Unfortunately, IVRPA is run by volunteers and I can tell you that the organization of the annual conference is time consuming. As an example, getting the ads from all the sponsors of the event is a lot of job. Most ads come late.

    1) Early setup of event website – at least 6 months preferably 8 months or better.
    We have to.

    2) Allow for non-member tickets.
    For Prague, I tried to get photo schools involved in the event by giving away tickets but I didn’t get a single response and when I sent a second email, I only got one response and they to me that 360° medias were way to far what they teach.

    3) Allow sponsors to advertise outside the venue.
    For Las Vegas, this was forbidden. We could only advertise the event itself. For Prague, we had our posters in the venue with sponsors logo on it. For Québec City, the hotel allowed us to put large banners in the hall of the hotel as well as 2 other places. Again, the logos of the sponsors were very visible. Let’s see what we can deal for Vienna.

    4) Do not close doors to attendance once ticket goals are met.
    As far as I know, we never did that.

    5) Allow sponsors to buy event tickets in bulk.
    Let’s see what would be acceptable. I already sold tickets to sponsors who wanted to invite clients.

    6) Sponsors should be allowed free social tickets for spouses especially if buying higher level of sponsorship or at least ‘highly’ discounted rates.

    7) Assign a single point of contact (POC) for sponsors.
    It’s the organizer of the event.

    8) As attendees buy tickets for events make it clear that they are automatically opted in to receive marketing material from sponsors of the upcoming event. It is sponsor’s responsibility to provide for an opt out option.
    We could probably share the coordinates of the attendees who want to opt-in.

    9) When producing official IVRPA event videos make it a point that “all” sponsors are included, as well as key speakers and random attendees.
    Could you give more details on this? We produce a video for each talk. Do you mean a specific video for the Marketplace? To show the mood?

    10) Should special concerns or needs arise that require approval from the BoD have system in place to allow for emergency voting when quick decisions are needed.
    We are normally quite responsive to good ideas. Do you have an example? A situation that requires such vote?

    11) Send out questionnaires to sponsors and attendees asking how their experience was and what suggestions they might have for future events.
    Since a few years, we send a survey. What would you like to know besides what we asked for the last conference? This is the survey we did for Québec2016

    12) Allow sponsors the opportunity to buy and sell venue tickets at a discounted price. We might grab a few up and resell or give away to select customers.
    Since Prague, the Marketplace is open to the public. People who want to meet sponsors do not have to buy tickets. For Québec City, I hire someone to do the press relation to get interviews. I even got a press conference with the mayor of the City.

    13) Develop a marketing package for all sponsors expressing an interest.

    14) Consider auctioning off 1 key marketing placement for event which would allow any sponsor to obtain.

    15) Tally up what “active” sponsors have contributed during the life of the IVRPA and assign Lifetime achievement positions such as bronze, silver, and gold (as an example).

    This should be broaden to the whole community. I learned so much from some people.
    a) Assign positions on the sponsors page and sponsor discount page in ascending order of those that have contributed most.
    b) Create special badges, such as official IVRPA logo in bronze, silver and gold that sponsors might proudly use in their marketing. Event badges could also be bordered with same colors.
    This could be a good Idea. All photographer association have such rewards

    c) Gold level sponsors should be given first choice with key marketing material as with hats, shirts, name badge etc. followed by silver and bronze level sponsors.
    Selling these items is not always easy but easy to implement.
    d) Higher level sponsors should be afforded added discounts, small as they might be.
    Discount on what?

    16) On the partner page of an event website allow sponsors a page they might market their products. This can be a link from sponsor banner ad to sponsor page.
    Good idea.

    17) Allow sponsors not participating in a an event certain ad placement spots.
    Easy!

    IVRPA Website:
    18) Send notice to all members asking if they would like to opt in for newsletters and email from sponsors.
    We could probably send a newsletter with ads from sponsors and links so members could opt in to your newsletter.

    19) All website demographics/analytics should be made available.

    20) Put together a public press kit.

    21) Place “Sponsors” link on top nav bar on IVRPA website (maybe move “About” to footer.

    22) On the IVRPA sponsor page allow sponsors a page they might market their products exclusively to IVRPA members. This can be a link from sponsor banner ad to sponsor page.

    23) As soon as an event is over move it the archive section of the IVRPA website. The top Nav bar is very valuable real estate and Quebec 2016 should be replaced with Vienna 2017.
    WE change the label of that page that redirect people to all events, current and past.

    24) Have a monthly newsletter with articles from members and specials from sponsors.

    25) Just to make it to 25 I’ll add send email to members asking for ideas on what they hope to realize from an IVRPA membership.

    We might think about hiring someone to realize all these!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Editing centerpoint of panorama #10935

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    The cost of our membership is very low. $25 for students and $50 for others.

    http://ivrpa.org/members/join-ivrpa/

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Editing centerpoint of panorama #10933

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    And by the way, we have a tutorial from Joost Nieuwenhuijse (PTGui) accessible to paying members which explains how to do that in PTGui.

    There is also another video from GardenGnome (Pano2VR) which shows how easy it is.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Editing centerpoint of panorama #10931

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Craig,
    You are at a good place to start!

    There is many ways you can do it. Which software do use? Autopano? PTGui? Panotour Pro, Pano2VR?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer


    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    I have seen so many kick-starters that took years to deliver.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Nodal Point on Samyang 8mm CSII and Nodal Ninja NN3 MKII #10767

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Sergio,
    My best advice is certainly to learn how to find it yourself because it’s not that difficult and you might want to add other lenses. Here is the link to some resources to achieve a good setup.

    360° VR Panoramic Photography & 360° Video – Tutorials & Resources

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Mobile 360 & VR #10757

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    How is it mobile? Well I can certainly install it in a conference room and a minutes later it’s in the hall, then conference XYZ and I am dancing in corridors while moving the camera from one place to the other… Mobile is a relative concept. And I can drop the phone in my pocket if I cannot use both hands at the same time. Your concept of mobility and mine are different. And for me, it’s certainly not enough to claim a whatever first title.

    We could argue forever but I am busy. You got my point. You should take care of your marketing stuff if you want to be taken seriously. In Canada, you could probably be sued for misleading advertising.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Mobile 360 & VR #10755

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    I have been involved in the communication industry all my career, I know that titles are made bold to attract attention and for me, The first ever 360° Mobile Camera for VR, is an overstatement.

    2)With Ricoh /LG/ Sam You’d have to use both hands while filming . One hand would hold the camera (be it Samsung gear or any other) and the other would hold your phone ,to see a live preview of what you’re filming. We think this is cumbersome ,and totally not our Mobile First approach.

    Cumbersome is your point of view but these are 360 mobile cameras for VR right? Unless you add the variable “we think” in the technical specs. What if you put the Theta on a tripod and then only use one hand? What if, on top of using a tripod, your phone is placed on a desk and you do not use any hand?

    You disqualify a product from a category because it’s “cumbersome”? Cumbersome is a relative concept. Cumbersome is certainly not a technical specification. I remember the first panorama heads, they were bulky, heavy, needed 2 hands and a remote control in the mouth. But it was the first panoramic head!

    For me, having the lens fixed to the phone is cumbersome because I cannot operate the camera remotely, I have to be close and I am in the video stream unless it’s on a tripod or whatever support. So, as you can see, cumbersome is a relative concept, not a technical specification.

    3)Samsung App works only with Samsung phones.
    Yes it works only with Samsung phones, but again, it is a 360 mobile camera for vr. Almost all manufacturers have accessories that only work with their equipment. If you market a 600 mm lens which can be attached to Nikon, Canon and Sony at the same time, can you say that it’s the first 600 mm lens on the market? Because Nikon lenses without adaptor only work with Nikon body, Canon… etc.?

    I am sorry but you didn’t convince me. I still think that your title is way too bold.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Mobile 360 & VR #10753

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Is this really “The First Ever 360 Mobile Camera for VR” as you state on your web site?

    What about others who already offer 360° VR solutions?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Samsung 360 for Google Street View Trusted Photographer #10297

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Hemant,

    There is a lot more information about the Google programs on their web site. Have a look to the photo in my answer. You can shoot with any rig as long as it meets the specs of Google. Have a look to this page.

    What it takes to be trusted

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

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