4 Sites for viewing panoramas (and 3 ways to create them)

The internet is a great tool for creating innovative journalism, but has a disadvantage over newspaper broadsheet in that large photos often look better when displayed over wide sheets of paper, rather than small computer screens. Panoramic photos and video make up for this by taking advantage of the interactivity of the web to provide a better view of the world around us.

What better subjects to view in panorama than the new seven wonders of the world? Panoramas.dk has full screen interactive views of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India and others. The awe-inspiring photographs or great for would-be travelers who don’t the resources to explore the world in person.

One can also find beautiful 3D panoramic images of the Tower of David, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mahaneh Yehuda Market and more virtual tours of Jerusalem at 3Disrael.com.

The United Kingdom, more than 2,000 miles away from Israel, can be seen in a matter of seconds just by clicking on this incredible panoramic shot of London. Unlike the aforementioned panoramas, this one is static and simply requires use of the scrollbar to see such sites like the London Eye and London Bridge in high resolution detail.

Everyscape has taken the power of the panoramic image and paired it with travel information to bring to life popular destinations around the world. The images are embedded with icons that point to Yelp reviews, Flickr photos and even advertising because when it all comes down to it, journalism is a business.

Panoramas are not only great for travel-related multimedia projects, but can also be used to illustrate crime scenes, display murals, or even photograph a neighborhood a la Google Street View. To create panoramic images, one can either use a 360° panoramic camera like those available at Panoscan or simply use a digital camera and “stitch” the photos using either free software or an online tool like MagToo.