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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. The Nodal Ninja Tripod Head is a low-cost (about US$120), light-weight spherical panoramic tripod head. Unlike many other panoramic tripod heads (professional and amateur), the Nodal Ninja is designed to rotate around the nodal point in two dimensions (left/right and up/down), and is referred to as a "spherical" tripod head. . Nodal Ninja web site

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. 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. Digital SLRs generally have more options for white balance, mirror lockup, etc… the more choices, the better! Back to top 4 Rules of shooting HDRs Lock f-stop (aperture – which controls your depth of field) Lock focus Lock white balance Turn off any in camera "automatic" image enhancing (i.e.: auto-contrast or auto-saturation, including sharpening) You will be bracketing the exposure time for your various exposures.

Posting 360° interactive panoramas to Facebook | Patrick Cheatham Getting your interactive Flash-based panoramas to display on Facebook is a bit laborious the first time around — but once you get it, you’ve got it. Unlike uploading photos/videos directly to your Facebook page or profile, you’ll want to add your 360° interactive panoramas as a link — or you’ll want other people to share your page, and have this 360° interactive panorama content show up in their Facebook feed. Take a peek at my Facebook Page to see some examples of 360° panoramas which I’ve shared. Note that this tutorial should apply to any Flash-based video or other content which you want to share (or which you want other people to share) on Facebook. NOTE: This page is no longer maintained. NOTE 2: I’ve moved on from 360° photography professionally — and am embarking on a new venture (bricks-and-mortar!) Here are the main steps, in roughly chronological order: Get your domain/site whitelisted by Facebookwhitelisting is currently not required by Facebook! Full instructions are below! ).

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 In order to create stitched panoramic and mosaic images, it is highly recommended to use a tripod with a panoramic tripod head so that the camera rotates around the lens' "exit pupil". The Panosaurus Tripod Head is a low-cost, light-weight panoramic tripod head that allows the user to position the camera so that all traces of parallax error are eliminated. If you understand parallax error, you'll understand why a panoramic tripod head is important for anyone creating stitched images. . . Panosaurus web site

Wiki Nodal Point The Nodal Point The Nodal Point of the lens (or more correctly, the entrance pupil) can be considered as the point at which the rays entering the lens converge. It can also be considered as the centre of perspective of the lens or the apparent pupil. This point can be considered as the Front Nodal Point as the lens also has a Rear Nodal Point and in a simple lens the two nodes converge to a single point. The term Nodal Point is used here because for decades it has been accepted as the term defining the point where the rays entering the lens apparently converge and has been referred to by this nomenclature in a considerable number of Photogrammetric papers and publications, but let us not let terminology detract from the message. It is important to know the location of this point (entrance pupil) for Photogrammetric purposes. This point is also the ideal point to rotate your lens around when taking images to 'stitch' together to produce panoramic images. The conventional approach ...

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