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    Capture like a pro (Part 4): Spin tips

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    Part 3 covered expert tips that apply to all four shapes of synths. This part gets to the nitty gritty on capturing spin and turntable synths. (New to capturing synths? Begin with Part 1.) Before you start capturing for a spin, try to select some point...
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    Capture like a pro (Part 5): Wall tips

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    Part 4 covered capturing spin synths. This part gives to-the-point tips on how to capture wall synths. (Want to know how to start capturing a synth? Begin with Part 1 .) Shoot in landscape mode at a wide focal length. Ideally, take wall shots at approximately...
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    Capture like a pro (Part 6): Walk tips

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    Part 5 covered tips to let you capture great wall synths. This part gives to-the-point tips on how to capture the best walk synths. (Want to know how to start capturing a synth? Begin with Part 1 .) Shoot a walk in the direction of movement of the...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Weeks 4, 5 & 6 Winners

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    Time to catch up on the past few week's winners of our Summer Xbox Contest, starting with week 4's winner AHO_2020 who won with this panorama of St. Anastasia in Verona Italy The winner of week 5 is patrrycjuszx for his amazing panorama taken...
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    Capture like a pro (Part 1): Quick start

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    The new Photosynth in our technical preview combines the tactile smoothness of a stitched panorama with the kind of motion through space that you see in video from a moving platform, while allowing you to “scrub“ to any location rapidly and...
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    Capture like a pro (Part 2): The four synth shapes

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    Part 1 gave you a quick start. To capture a synth, you need to think about which shape (spin, panorama, walk, or wall) you are capturing before you start shooting. How do you determine what shape to use for a particular location? Start by thinking about...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 10 Winner

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    Congratulations go out to sillyrabbit for their panorama Fulton's On The River in Chicago, Illinois! Great job, and keep capturing everyone! Plenty of chances left to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect prize package and have your panorama featured in the...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 11 Winner

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    Congratulations go out to BBMunny for their panorama Mass Exodus, from Black Rock City Nevada! We love this capture of the eerie 8-lane post-apocalyptic procession through the Nevada wasteland. Enjoy your Xbox 360 with Kinect prize package, and...
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    Summer Xbox Contest – Week 1 Winner

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    With the release of the 1.1 update for the Photosynth App for iOS last week we started a contest where for the next 15 weeks we’ll be featuring the best panorama entered on the new Best of Bing Maps page in the app, and giving away an Xbox 360 with...
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    Seasonal Synth Challenge: "Holiday Lights"

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    Here's the deal. During the week of December 21st to December 27th we will devote our entire front page to your best synths of holiday lights. The winner of this challenge will get his or her synth displayed in the top spot on the front page all week...
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    Nat Geo's "Sunken Treasures of the Nile" uses Photosynth

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    Set your DVR to record National Geographic's new documentary: " Sunken Treasures of the Nile " and watch as they plumb the river's murky depths to uncover some amazing new discoveries. It begins airing tomorrow, August 3rd. Our friend Greg Downing...
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    2500 Panoramas published to Bing Maps

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    Today we made an update to Bing Maps that turned on the spigot for panoramas to show up on Bing Maps. Here’s an example: Click here to experience all 176 megapixels of Castle Braunschweig on Bing Maps. Since we launched the panorama...
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    Thank you Olympic Synthers

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    It's the final weekend of the Vancouver Olympics, and as we wrap up our Photosynth coverage it's time to thank all those hardworking photographers who captured the events for us. Over the last 17 days, we've featured more than 40 different synths from...
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    Synthing Singapore

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    Photo360: Showcasing Singapore to the World Last week was pretty eventful and action packed for Singapore youth. As you might be aware Singapore is the host of the first ever Youth Olympic Games this year. In line with this national mega event...
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    Picture the Impossible

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    Less than two weeks ago, an alternate reality game created by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper called " Picture the Impossible " began. Intended to engage members of the community in an exploration...
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    Welcoming Windows 7 in Wet, Windy, New Zealand

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    Today, October 22nd, is Windows 7 Launch day. And New Zealand, being just west of the International Date Line, was the first country to kick off the festivities. The NZ Microsoft team have made interesting use of Photosynth before, and this time they...
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    Monthly Maintenance: Thursday 11pm PST

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    Our monthly maintenance window is scheduled for Thursday night. We'll be offline sweeping and dusting starting at 11pm PST (7am GMT), and Photosynth will be down for about 30 minutes. Again, you'll see the static Web site during this time, and you won...
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    A Little Maintenance Tonight

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    We're making some improvements to Photosynth this evening. You'll see our static Web site for about 30 minutes, starting at 11 PM PST (7 AM GMT). You won't be able to start new synths during maintenance, but synths already in progress wll automatically...
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