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News Panoramas 2002-2005
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Since interactive 360 degree panoramas was introduced by Apple in 1995 only a few large news media has been using it for news coverage.

One of the reason for this is that the stitching process is considered digital manipulation which is a very bad word in Photo Journalism as it is said you can easy manipulate with the truth.

However you do not need to use any Photoshop tricks to tell a lie with an image. Actually it is much easier to lie with a still image than with a panorama made from several images.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, March 14 (Reuters) - A Brazilian soldier and a civilian were wounded on Tuesday when troops raided Rio de Janeiro's biggest slum and discovered a cache of weapons stolen from a military base.
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Photo © AYRTON

Look at the crop above from Ayrtons panorama of the event in the slum in Rio. It represents the angle from a wide angle lens often used by the press photographer. The impression you get from this image is that the streets are empty and people are hiding from the soldiers.

View the panorama and you get a completely different view.

In the 360 degree panorama you can not hide anything. Unless you do it very deliberately.

Therefore it is not essential how your image is made.

It will always be the photographers responsibility to not give you a wrong image of the event whether you shoot with film or digital or if you shoot 1 single image or a composite of ten.

Dan Heller has written an essay about Digital Manipulation which in the second part also talks about Responsibilities of Photojournalism

A great article I can recommend.

When large news medias have been using panoramas it is usually because they have a photographer or editor who are interested in it.

Washington Post is one of them and they have been using panoramas for several years.

Travis Fox has made several also from the war in Iraq.

New York Times has also used panoramas a few times usually made by Cris Ramirez. Read this article at VRMag Cris Ramirez panoramas for New York Times

Another is Charlotte Observer where Gary O'Brien is doing QTVR panoramas for small feature stories.

Only in a few cases has Specialist VR Photographers been engaged by medias to shoot panoramas.

Edvard Fink's arial panoramas shot for the Washington Post

Hans Nyberg-Panoramas.dk made panoramas for the Danish Radio from The Royal Wedding in Denmark and recently from another royal event




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