Webinar: NP175 Panorama Extravaganza from StarCircleAcademy.co­m

Eric Harness, a witty biotech researcher with mad camera skilz and a heavy hitter at Star Circle Academy has volunteered to teach us a class on this really interesting subject.

This 120 minute webinar will be a whirlwind of panoramic goodness. We will cover everything from the gear to how it is set up and used to the final stitching of the photographs.

About the Class

Your cruise director for this online experience is Eric Harness. Sometimes called Mr. Panorama. He will walk you though the following agenda:

  • What is it & types
  • Equipment
  • Parallax & Nodal Point
  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Shooting tips
  • Stitching / Blending
  • Printing
  • Extras & Questions

But Wait, There's More!

By attending this webinar you are also eligible for a discount on my panoramic software of choice.   Oh and freebies don't forget about those.

Intro into the basics methods to help you hit the ground running. Hints, tips and techniques for improving your photography.  Can it be more fun?


Event Time: 6 PM PDT / 7 MDT / 8 CDT / 9 EDT.

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes to 2 hours

About Eric Harness

Eric Harness is a witty biotech researcher with mad camera skilz. His friends call him “Mr. Panorama” and other clever things. Eric is yet another co-founder and organizer of the Bay Area Night Photography group. Eric leads formal and informal classes for beginners to advanced photographers. Eric also leads expeditions to photogenically delicious locations like Tahoe, Sequoia National Park and more and he is not afraid to strap on a backpack and venture into the snow, sleet, rain or doom of night. Eric is a Nikon and photoshop wizard with near endless energy and patience. He is also the right hand guy handling much of the background heavy lifting at Star Circle Academy.



You should have a decently fast internet connection! Dial-up won't work for audio or the data content.

We recommend that you use your computer microphone and speakers to talk and listen so you must at least have speakers.  My recommendation is get a headset for this if you do not already have one. Specifically I suggest getting a Plantronics headset with a microphone and a USB connection.  Such headsets can be found at Best Buy for from $25 and up. USB headsets with microphone can be used with Skype and many other online games, and calling tools. They come in many styles include behind the head and over the head, single ear, open ear and closed.  Most laptops include speakers and microphones but the audio quality of these is generally very poor.  Some webcams also include built in microphones but generally the quality of those is poor.

Don't have a microphone? That's OK, too... you can interact through text chat and you can use your iPad (or Android) smart phone.


Still Reading?

All of our events and webinars close when one of the following occurs:

A. The event is filled or

B. The signup deadline is reached. The deadline is in the upper right of the page, just below the RSVP button and just after the text: "RSVPs close:"

Speaking of the RSVP button - click the button to join. You must pay to join - your registration is not complete until you do. If you haven't logged in or joined the group the button will say "Join Us" instead of RSVP. You do NOT have to RSVP "NO" except to cancel a prior YES.  You can pay via PayPal or credit card. PayPal also allows an eCheck payment - but this takes as many as 6 days to clear.


Refunds? - we don't offer them. Read here for why.

Want to register after registration has closed? Sorry, we don't do that.  Read here for more.


Joining the Webinar

There will be yet ONE MORE step you'll have to take (we wish we could eliminate it, but at the moment we can't). After registration closes we will send you an email with instructions on how to get the webinar access code and any additional materials hints and tips to make your Webinar a success.  IF you are not allowing emails, do not check, or have allowed our informative non-spammy emails to go into your SPAM bin, you may not get the information. So please: add [masked], Steven@StarCircleAcademy.com and [masked] to your contact list.  By the way, HotMail and AOL are notorious for dropping lots of valid email.



  1. Will there be a recording of the webinar in case I want to listen again?
    Possibly, at an additional cost. Some of our past Webinars are available in the StarCircleAcademy.com Store

  2. May I make a recording of the webinar?
    Sorry, No.
  3. Will you repeat this webinar? When?
    We make no guarantees about future events, dates or topics. 

  4. Where should I send any questions I have?
    During the webinar we will let you know where to send your questions. If you have a question before the webinar, please post it in the comments below.  

  5. What about notes, can I get notes?
    See the answer to 1.  Sometimes we have notes and make them available for free or at a small additional charge.


(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)

I am all signed up, when do I pay?

Before midnight tonight.  Folks that haven't paid by end of the day are removed to make room for other folks wanting to join.

I am all signed up, how do I pay?

Check out this quick walkthrough: How to use Paypal to pay.

Can I bring a guest / date / significant other?

The restaurant's meeting room is just small enough for those who RSVP.  Please do not bring adds.

Do I have to eat at the restaurant?

The meeting room fee is based on food sales.  If you choose not to eat, bring an additional $10 with you (cash) to contribute to pay for the room use.

I had an emergency / my fish tank went green / I have to change my RSVP.  / I had to no-show / I need a refund.

We always expect people not to show up for various reasons.  Life happens.  Unfortunately we have to pay for your seat if you are there or not.  Refunds are not available for this event.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

Please change your RSVPs with plenty of time for someone on the waiting list to attend.  RSVP changes with less than 24 hours notice will be considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely.  The more people on the waiting list, the more likely we will repeat the event.  Also, many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list moves rather fast.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope.  Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please.  Also, make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group.  That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

Do I need to bring my camera?

Never hurts to bring your camera to a camera event.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No.  The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis.  Please respect the RSVP list.  Unexpectedly showing up creates havoc and confusion of epic proportions that usually lead to being marked as a 'no-show' even though you didn't RSVP.

I was on the "List" yesterday, but I just got an email saying I've been removed!

HPW does not require people to instantly pay to secure their initial RSVP.  This gives folks the ability to quickly RSVP for a spot, even if they are on a smart phone and cannot paypal the funds.  However, we do like to see the money within 24 hours.  After 24 hours, if your RSVP isn't paid, we hand your spot to someone on the waiting list.  (NOTE: I'm flexible.  If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot.)

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope.  I love you like family.  And just like family, I hate drama.  The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted.  Its the only fair way.

I have a complant and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email.  If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP.  The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me.

I want to post a complaint in open-air comments!

Long time members will tell you, I respond to unfriendly or cranky public comments in the sharpest way imaginable.  My apologies for offending you in advance.  I suggest you email me complaints directly; I tend to be less over-reactive when I'm not responding to the entire group.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event.  I don't understand what to do next.

No problem.  A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates".  This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup.  If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal.  What are my options?

Start using paypal.  Unfortunately people who pay "when I get there" rarely show up.  RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment.  Paypal is a big part of how we manage this group.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here: http://www.houstonphotowalks.com/about/

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really.  I wrote it and didn't bother reading it.  But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link: "How do I contact an organizer?"

I can't attend.  Will you be recording the event and making it available?

This is a social photography group, so we try to do everything while actually rubbing elbows.  However if there are enough people on the waiting list, I'm happy to do repeats of most classes and photowalk location visits.

Can I record the event?  Can I scan the hand outs and send it to my friends?

Well, that wouldn't be too friendly.  We can't be cranky about people stealing our images and reuse them while stealing someone else's voice and documents, right?  A lot of work and effort goes into any class, book, and instruction materials.  Don't rob me.  :)



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  • Steven C.

    Thanks for attending. If you take a swing at a Panorama, please post it in the photo gallery: http://www.meetup.com/HoustonPhotowalks/photos/16292292

    July 24, 2013

  • Cheryl N.

    Very informative.

    July 23, 2013

  • Steven C.

    We're LIVE now... please come join us!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Ana has been removed, she never paid.

    July 23, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Ana, please pay if you plan to attend this event. Thanks.

    July 22, 2013

  • Eric H.

    Please rest assured the time on email is 6pm PDT and 8pm CDT, This is the time quoted on this meetup.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Eric H.

    Access information has been sent please check your email and click the link to get webinar access. This email also contains download information for the example files. If you don't see the email in your email check your SPAM filter. Any questions let me know. See you on Tuesday.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Cynthia A. A.

    Are there any pre-requisites?

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • Eric H.

      Sorry for the delay I didn't see this comment. I believe Steven is correct that ICE needs some other software installed one package is the C++ the other being Silverlight.

      1 · July 17, 2013

    • Cynthia A. A.

      Thank you, thank you. got it.

      1 · July 17, 2013

  • Scott W

    Out of town again.

    July 10, 2013

7 went

  • Eric H.
    Event Host
  • Joe L.
    Photowalker, Hawaii Retreat 2015 Member, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Pam S.
    Mayan2013 Adventure Member
  • Lori H.
    Hawaii Retreat 2015 Member
  • Angel
    Hawaii Retreat 2015 Member, Assistant Organizer
  • Cynthia A. A.
    Mayan2013 Adventure Member
  • Cheryl N.
    Mayan2013 Adventure Member
  • A former member

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