Creating Panoramas with PTGui and Panotools We will now create a panorama by using 5 photos, shot handheld in portrait mode. If you want to follow the tutorial by using my example pictures, you can download them here (1.8 MB) and extract them to a folder called "C:\tutorial". In comparison to the previous versions of PTGui, Ver. 5 has tons of new features - one of them is a very helpful Assistant which we will heavily use for creating our panorama. Panosaurus Tripod Head November 2006 Update: This first version of this review was written in 2004, when I tested the original Panosaurus. I've recently had the opportunity to test a newer, improved model of the Panosaurus and have updated this review as a result. Because the new and original models of the Panosaurus are so similar, I am adding to the original review by adding comments in this color, rather than rewriting it. The original (left) and current (right) models of the Panosaurus
Nodal Ninja Tripod Head As interest in creating panoramic and stitched digital images has grown, so has the recognition that the difference between producing an OK result and an excellent result often comes from choosing the right equipment. Cameras and software programs get the most attention, but equally important is the choice of a panoramic tripod head. While it is possible to create panoramic and stitched images without a panoramic tripod head, the results are much more consistent when using one. Historically, panoramic tripod heads have tended to fall into two categories: (1) heavy, bulky, expensive "professional" models, and (2) home-made, amateur solutions.
Panorama Tutorials-Home The links to the left details my experience and methodology over the last ten years taking and creating interactive panoramic photographs. My camera and equipment has been changed during this period as digital SLR cameras have evolved. My current setup is here: The Manfrotto 055 Pro tripod with Leveling Centre Column 555B The 360precision panorama head Canon 5D - using manual white balance, manual exposure, and manual focus Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens Canon remote release For each node, I photograph 6 around, 1 up and 2 down. Creating Spherical Panoramas with the Canon 5D and 15mm Fisheye Lens Peter Gawthrop Revised 27th September 2007 Contents This document describes how I create spherical panoramas with the Canon 5D and 15mm Fisheye Lens together with Hugin.
Panorama Stitching Basics In the age of the digital image, panoramic photography is a technique of shooting multiple images of a single scene and combining them to form a single image with a wide field of view, from a relatively narrow capture of two to three frames along a horizontal to a deep zoom image composed of 30 frames, encompassing far more then the human eye’s natural field of view. Panoramic images are distinguished from wide angle images by their aspect ratio. An image photographed with a wide angle lens may show a wide field of view (even 180º or more), but contain it within a standard 1:1.33 aspect ratio. Panoramic images typically use wide format ratios – at least 1:2 – to show a scene.
Tips & Tricks FAQ What kind of camera will I need? A digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses is the ideal solution, but almost any camera will work if you can lock the aperture, lock the focus, and lock the white balance. Ultimately, you get what you pay for. FINDING THE NO-PARALLAX POINT Hold up a pen in front of you, close one eye, and focus your attention on the background scene as you move your head sideways from left to right. The pen will be seen to move to the left, relative to the background. Like this: This apparent change in position of the near pen is an effect called parallax. It's plain to see that if you overlay these two photos to align corresponding features, you can either align the background features OR the pen. You cannot align both at the same time.
Linear Panoramas (Mosaic) Tutorial Another development cycle is coming to an end. Bruno released libpano13 2.9.17 and paved the way for Hugin 2010.2.0. This version of Hugin will bring a lot of new features, amongst others a versatile masking tool and finer grained control of the control point (CP) detection process, courtesy of Thomas Modes. Good news for Windows user as well: galvanized by Emanuele Panz and his new NSIS based installer that solves the issues with distribution of patented software, also the Windows users community is on the forefront this time.