Gigapixel photography is the craft of shooting hundreds or thousands of photos and joining them together into a single, seamless, ultra-high resolution image. These extremely large images are typically shot with a complex setup involving long lenses and a programmable robot, typically requiring weeks or months of post production (but we can do it in as little as 24 hours, if needed). When done correctly, it is impossible to tell that these photos were made from many smaller photos.
These images are among the largest photographs made by humans, ever.
Gigapixel photos can be used in a few ways:
If you would like to commission or license 360º, Gigapixel, high resolution cityscape and skyline photography, you've come to the right place.
I have been shooting extreme-resolution 360º and Gigapixel Photography since 2004. I've appeared on the BBC, in the Guinness Book of World Records, WIRED, The Guardian, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, and other notable publications. My work has been at the heart of many high-profile global advertising campaigns, including Samsung, Unicredit Bank, BT, Wembley Stadium, and Fujitsu.
One of my passions in life is to create extremely high resolution photographs. Often 360º and often of cityscapes and skylines. I love climbing to the top of a tower, and capturing the world from up there, in as much detail as possible. It's the kind of challenge that never gets old.
Prague 400 Gigapixels (2018)
Shot from the Astronomical Clock Tower on Old Town Square
This is the highest resolution photo I've ever made, and among the top few largest photographs ever created by anyone. This photo is 900,000 pixels wide, and made from over 7000 individual pictures.
Shot from Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
Shot from Tokyo Tower
Can you find the baseball players? The temple worshippers? The woman hanging her laundry? The salaryman who went to sleep on a bench, fell on the ground, and kept on sleeping?
Shot from BT Tower
This is the world record photo! With 320 Gigapixels of resolution, it really made its away around the Web, with tens of millions of visitors. It appeared in countless online newspapers and other prestigious publications, and it got covered by two different BBC television shows.
Here are some videos about the Gigapixel jobs that I've done over the last decade or so.
Fujitsu Celsius Workstations
Fujitsu built an advertising campaign and case study around their workstations, and how they are used in the creation of my Gigapixel images.
Wembley - FA Cup Final (2011, 2012, 2013)
I created the world's first "Stadium Gigapixel" image. The panorama, shot at the 2012 FA Cup Final, was published in under 24 hours, and allowed the 90,000 attendees of the match to view and share themselves online. Within a week, over 20,000 out of the 90,000 visitors tagged themselves in this gigapixel image!
BBC - The One Show
I was at the top of the BT Tower for a week, hired by 360 Cities and BT to shoot the world's largest panoramic photo. BBC's The One Show decided to pop by and talk to us. They made this lovely little history of the BT Tower as well. Yes it is true, the BT Tower was in fact a secret building, even though it was the tallest building in London, it was never publicly acknowledged, it was illegal to photograph it, and it never appeared on a map until the year 1984. Isn't that strange?
Asahi Shimbun News (Japan)
I flew over Tokyo in a helicopter with Asahi Shimbun in 2014 in order to shoot some high resolution aerial 360º imagery of downtown Tokyo.
Tokyo Tower Gigapixel Photo
This 180 Gigapixel photo was the second-largest photo in the world at the time it was released. With 180 gigapixels in resolution, it is a photo that can be explored for weeks.
Strahov Monastery Library, Prague
This baroque library is one of the world's most stunning and beautiful libraries, and has appeared in a number of hollywood films. Experience the superhuman power of zooming in all the way to the smudged writing on books written 500 years ago.
A tour of the strange and funny things found in the London 320 Gigapixel Panoramic Photo
One of our fans made this great video exploring the 320 Gigapixel London Photo.
BBC Click - Coverage of the London 320 Gigapixel World Record Panorama
BBC Click came to the BT Tower while we were busy shooting this gigantic photo, and made this short video about us.
Asahi Shimbun watches me shoot the Tokyo Tower Gigapixel
The friendly folks from Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading newspaper, joined me at Tokyo Tower while I was shooting the Gigapixel image there.
Wembley Gigapixel on a very, very large screen!
Marcus Hartmann, at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich, shows off the Wembley Gigapixel on a massive array of 24 monitors.
Interview on Czech TV (Ceska Televize) National News, 6 December 2018
I was interviewed on the evening national news commentary show on Czech Television about the 400 Gigapixel Prague Skyline Photo.
"It can't possibly zoom in any further, you'll think. Then: My God it does! Look a little bit longer and you might end up following the same arc as Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, starting as an idle voyeur and ending up as a sort of stationary detective, investigating rooftops, alleys, and people themselves for hidden intrigue." Read the article
Maybe you want to hire me to shoot a new gigapixel image. Or maybe you'd like to license an existing image, customized in a special way. I'm happy to talk to you about any of these options. Here is a brief summary of the process: