360 Degree Panohead V.02B – Wood Version For Workshop And Exhibition On ICC Tokyo

Prototype of The DIY 360 Degree Panohead V.02B Photography Tools
(2016)
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The wood version of Panohead V.02B is a development version of The Panohead V.02 Design that was made limited only for Workshop – GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture at ICC Gallery, Tokyo.
It’s a part of The Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’, which is an exhibition as a collaboration between Lifepatch, Japan Foundation Asia Center, and NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) that was held on ICC Gallery, Tokyo Opera City Tower, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

The Development of Panohead V.02B design based on the test result of The Panohead V.02 Design that was used to make 360-degree photos during the environmental monitoring project called The Jogja River Project. After being tested with Nikon D90 + 18-105mm lens and Canon EOS 60D + 18-55mm lens, The test results brought several points on the Panohead V.02 or could to be called as the Panohead V.02A that need to be repaired, which is focusing on the base material exploration and the vertical axis rotation mechanism.

Basically, The Panohead V.02B main structure still based on the Panohead V.02A design that could be used with various types of cameras, lenses, and tripods just like the design of a commercial panoramic picture tripod head. It’s separated became 3 parts, which are part 1 plate as the nodal point horizontal adjustment plate, the part 2 plate as the structural column for supporting the camera vertical rotation, and the part 3 plate as the camera mounting and nodal point adjustment. The development that applied to the Panohead V.02B design is focusing on the part 1 model as the horizontal adjustment plate and the joint mechanism between part 2 and part 3 as the nodal point of cameras vertical rotation.

The part 1 design is change to become a static plate as a railing track for the plate 2 horizontal movement to adjust the camera nodal point position. Besides that, The design of plate 2 also slightly changed on its connector with the part 1 plate, which is equipped with a connector block that made the horizontal movement doesn’t have to disturb the connection between the part 1 plate and the tripod mounting head.

Another enhancement that made on the Panohead V.02B design is the joint mechanism between part 2 and part 3 as the nodal point of cameras vertical rotation. it supported with gear mechanism to make the vertical rotation position easier to locked and adjusted.

The concept of Panohead V.02B design is developed based on wood material as a workshop kit for the Workshop – GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture event in ICC Gallery Tokyo. Within the development itself, I’m as part of Lifepatch make a small collaboration with “St. Joseph – The Carpenter” to built The DIY 360-Degree Panohead Workshop Kit.

The test of Panohead V.02B with Nikon D90 + 18-105mm lens conduct on the ICC Gallery B5, which is the exhibition space for Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ at ICC Gallery, Tokyo.

The Exhibition of Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’
The Exhibition of Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ at NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) Gallery, Tokyo Opera City Tower, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

 

Go-Circle

The 360-Degree Panohead Prototype as the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Photography tool
(2016)
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Go-Circle is a prototype of The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) 360-Degree Panohead developed by “Wawies” Wisnu Wisdantio [Lifepatch] and Stefanus Kushartanto [St. Joseph – The Carpenter]. Produced limited as a kit for Workshop – GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture in ICC Gallery, Tokyo, November 13rd, 2016. Also displayed in The Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia” : Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’, which is an exhibition organised by Japan Foundation Asia Center and NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) at ICC Gallery B5, Tokyo Opera City Tower, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

The 360-degree picture is a spherical image that recording the photographer surrounding areas in only one image. Nowadays, it’s become very popular and easy to create by everyone only with the help of a particular app on a Smartphone or PDA. Before it became very popular, The 360-degree picture is very hard to make and need complicated process, especially when using a Pocket camera, Digital Camera, or an analog camera. Basically, producing a 360-degree picture only need to make serial pictures about 45-50 pictures from each spot location and then stitching all together. However, the tricky part is maintaining the point of view in exact same spot. If not, there will be a parallax between each picture point of view and made the serial picture very hard to be stitched each other. In order to reduce the parallax point, there is a particular tool as camera’s tripod addition called The Panohead that have to attach between camera and tripod. More than that, the photography tools tends to be very expensive and made not many people could afford or use it.

The rivers in Jogjakarta have significant historical, economic, and social importance. However, not many people in this city aware of those rivers’ importance. It’s only known as the backyard of the city, neglected, and rarely touched.

Triggered by the curiosity of some people who never visited those rivers, a walking trip through the river banks became an embryo of a long-term river environmental monitoring project called Jogja River Project that conducted by Lifepatch.id since 2012, with the idea to share all the knowledge that they found from the river as an open-source knowledge which can be easily understood by everyone. Part of it is making interactive documentation through 360-degree pictures that took from the river center in order to make anyone who saw it can feel how it’s like when they are in the middle of the river.

Facing a situation when the photographic equipment is expensive objects, brought me as a member of Lifepatch to make an experiment of making our own Panohead Tool, which is much cheaper and affordable. From 2013, the research conducted on a “trial and error” process based on the development of my knowledge that influenced by various sources, which is made me collecting several designs as results of the research that still evolving. The most recent design is made with an adjustment mechanism so it can be used with different types of cameras and tripods.


Undeniable, most people still thinking of making a 360-degree Panohead and a 360-degree picture still remains an activity that is not easy to do. Basically, the essential idea of making the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) photography tool is trying to decrease the gap between technology and its users through examination, exploration, research, and development. Within the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethos is a practice in order to stimulate new systems and styles of living and working that develop out of the creative process of individuals.

Beside of becoming part of The river monitoring project, The DIY 360-degree Panohead are also introduced to various community and children in schools as an educational project. The design and schematic of the DIY 360-degree Panohead are open sources and available at the public online with a creative commons license. Within  The Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’, The DIY 360-degree Panohead was produced as a workshop kit on Workshop – GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture in ICC Gallery, Tokyo, November 13rd, 2016.

Reference Site:
* Detail of The DIY 360-degree Panohead Research Documentation
* Details of the workshop and The description of Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on lifepatch.org
* Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC] official website

Go-Circle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture – Workshop at NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Tokyo

DIY 360-Degree Panohead Photography tool Public Workshop
(2014)
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GoCircle: How To Make DIY 360-Degree Picture is a workshop as part of the Lifepatch Exhibition on Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ that was held on Nov 1st of 2016 until March 12 of 2017 at NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Tokyo. It’s a collaboration project between Lifepatch, Japan Foundation Asia Center, and NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]. The workshop itself was held on Nov 13 of 2016 at ICC Gallery B5.

The workshop was talking about how to make simple DIY (Do It Yourself) 360-degree Panohead tripod and making panorama pictures with the Panohead tool. Nowadays, 360-degree photos as a spherical image of the photographer surrounding area became popular and easy to create with the help of a particular app on a Smartphone or PDA. But on the contrary, 360-degree hardware for Camera is expensive and not everyone can afford it. In this workshop, we will learn basic knowledge of 360-degree pictures, how to make the DIY 360-degree Tripod Panohead tools that affordable, and finally learn to produce serial pictures as basic material to make a 360-degree image. In this workshop, we will need a DIY Panohead kit, tripod, and various types of cameras, such as Pocket camera, Prosumer camera, DSLR.

Within the workshop on The Collaboration Project “Media Conscious’ in Asia”, I was part of Lifepatch make a small collaboration with “St. Joseph – The Carpenter” to built The DIY 360-Degree Panohead Kit, which is a Panohead that build limited that build based on the concept design of Panohead V.02B. Manufactured based on wood as the main material, this hardware version was made to support some from many types of cameras, such as Pocket Camera or DSLR. Besides that, it also could be attached to various types of tripods.

Reference Site:
* Details of the workshop and The description of Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on lifepatch.org
* Collaboration Project ‘‘Media Conscious in Asia”: Lifepatch ‘Rumah dan Halaman’ on NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] official website

360 Degree Panohead V.02A

Prototype of The DIY 360 Degree Panohead V.02A Photography Tools developed to support Lifepatch Jogja River Project (JRP)
(2014)
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Following the test of Panohead V.01 on environmental monitoring project called The Jogja River Project that still ongoing on JRP – 2014, The Panohead V.02A was made with significant changes from the Panohead V.01 Design.

It development based on better knowledge of nodal point and the “No-Parallax” position that could be found easily as a free source knowledge at PanoTools.org Wiki, Beside of that, the Panohead V.02A already designed could be used for the various type or brand of cameras, lenses, and tripod just like the design of the commercial panoramic head.

 

Overall, The Panohead V.02A was made with an Aluminium plate that has 3 mm thickness and wide around 3 cm. It separated became 3 parts, which is part 1 that use as a nodal point horizontal adjustment plate, part 2 that use as a structural plate, and part 3 that use as camera mounting and nodal point adjustment based on camera and lens type.

Learn from the experiences from Panohead V.01 development, the adjustment mechanism, and how it works perfectly after being tested with Nikon D90 + 18-105mm lens and Canon EOS 60D + 18-55mm lens during the Jogja River Project.

Some panorama pictures that were made with the Panohead V.02A are:

Schaffhausen - Switzerland
Schaffhausen – Switzerland
Suroloyo Peak - Kulon Progo
Suroloyo Peak – Kulon Progo
Wonosadi Sacred Forest - Gunungkidul
Wonosadi Sacred Forest – Gunungkidul

After the tool test with Nikon D90 + 18-105mm lens and Canon EOS 60D + 18-55mm lens, its need to be repaired again with different materials or with different metal plate thickness. The note from the first test are:

  • the plate thickness was great, but when mounted on the tripod, the construction of the tool was a little bit shaking after being moved, particularly on the vertical structure plate. It’s might be happened because of the weight of the camera’s body and lens.
  • the circular point needs to repair or change with a different mechanism, which has grips to make it locked easier.

360 Degree Panohead V.01

Prototype of The DIY 360 Degree Panohead V.01 Photography Tools developed to support Lifepatch Jogja River Project (JRP)
(2013)
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The experiment of 360-degree Panorama Tripod Head or usually also called Panohead started since 2013 as a documentation method on a big collaboration environmental monitoring project called The Jogja River Project – 2013.

The idea of documentation methods is making an interactive picture of the river environmental condition in a 360-degree view to make the river condition easier to understand. Instead of buying the 360-degree Panohead tool that is very expensive and hard to find in a common camera store, Joan Prahara Bumi and I as the member of the visual documentation team try to develop our own Panohead as an extension tool to be mounted on the tripod head.

The very first autodidact attempt is just a super simple tool, which was designed with an aluminum plate with 3 cm wide and 3 mm thickness. This tool used to adjust the camera in the “No-Parallax” position when attaching on the camera tripod, even though we doing it with super less knowledge about the “No-Parallax” position itself. This tool is made based on as far as we know that the nodal point of the “No-Parallax” position is at the front lens center, which was made ONLY for a 50mm lens with Nikon D80 and Nikon D90. Sincerely, the length between the Nodal point that on the tripod circular axle and the camera’s body connector is about 10 cm.

 

The prototype as a result had little bit changes on the aluminum width that became only 2 cm. Besides that, we made small changes with adding rubber to make the connection between the aluminum plate and camera’s body with more stiff and fit, which was also useful as the camera’s body protection from scratch that could happen because of metal friction.

Furthermore, although this prototype was very simple, it’s already used to make a panorama picture as part of the Jogja River Project that was held during 2013 – 2014.

All of the pictures that were made with the first version of 360-degree Panohead are can be seen as part of the information on water monitoring interactive map of The Jogja River Project.

Map Interactive

Sincerely, this experiment begins with the lack of knowledge and false understanding about the mechanical movement to maintain the nodal point and decreased the treats of parallax condition. It all brought a lot of notes to develops a better tool for the next version.

This version is working perfectly to maintain the nodal point only on horizontal movement, which is making a series of photos for panorama pictures in one line or a single row. However, it’s failed to maintain the nodal point when the process of making a bigger panorama picture, which had to make upper and under row from the first row of photo series. It happens because this V.01 prototype doesn’t have its own vertical rotation mechanism and depends on tripod vertical rotation, which was made each of the photo series in a single row has its own nodal point.