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. 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 NOTE: This page is no longer maintained.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 MALTAPANORAMAS.COM Hugin: photo stitcher 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. The creation of the panoramas from each collection of 9 photographs is quickly performed by either Realviz Stiticher Unlimited (RVS U) 5.5 or by using PTGui 6.0.3, both these software packages are available for Apple Mac OS X or MS Windows XP. Additional post-processing is done by using actions in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and ClickHere's CubicConvertor.
Video Tutorial - PTGui We've created a video tutorial to help you get started with PTGui. The tutorial is split into two parts: Part 1: Successfully Photographing a Panorama The first part of the tutorial covers a short introduction to PTGui and explains how to take photos in order to get the best stitching result. Part 2: How to Stitch a Panorama The second part of the tutorial gives an overview of the PTGui user interface and shows how to stitch the images we took into a panorama. Would you like to try yourself? Videos created by Karyn Laudisi