Does anyone actually use panorama stitch mode?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Bryn James, May 3, 2004.

  1. Bryn James

    Bryn James Guest

    That question is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I wonder why it has such
    prominence on the shooting dial of my Canon P&S cameras rather than
    beeing buried deep on level 4 of one of the more obscure menu branches
    where it belongs :).

    Is the world full of people who demand such a feature and use it all
    the time?

    And what do you do with the long thin print when you get it? Not
    exactly a user friendly format, is it?! A job for the custom
    pricture-frame maker perhaps.

    I'm enjoying reading the diverse range of views and experiences on
    this group, so I'll be interested to see your responses.
    Bryn James, May 3, 2004
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    jean Guest

    Not only for wide prints, you can make tall ones too or take 4 pictures in a
    2X2 (or more) matrix a if you don't have that super wide angle lens.

    jean, May 3, 2004
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  3. Because it's one of the shooting modes of the camera, so it belongs with
    the other shooting modes. On some Canons these are selected by a menu,
    on others a dial is used.
    I don't use it "all the time", but it is very useful when I want it.
    It does two independent things:

    1) Sets focus and exposure for the first frame, then uses the same
    settings for all subsequent frames so the images will match in
    brightness along the edges

    2) Provides a viewfinder display to help you overlap the images by a
    suitable amount for horizontal panoramas.

    If the camera has a true manual mode, where you can set aperture and
    shutter speed, you don't really need #1, but it's convenient. But on
    cameras without manual exposure control, panorama mode is the only way
    to get a series of images with matching exposures

    I have used panorama mode a number of times, while most of the other
    "creative shooting modes" have never been used at all.
    Plenty of people look at images on a computer, where handling a panorama
    is not a problem.

    Dave Martindale, May 3, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest


    I do often, and love it; wouldn't be without it.

    Mostly at the cottage, take beautiful shots of the
    shorelines without having to go so wide angle that
    most gets wasted in cropping.

    Couldn't be all that wrong; your domestic TV is
    headed in the same direction :)

    Use the prints in collages...

    Grand daughter teases me as I type; reminding me of
    one of our favorites, sun just setting right over the
    cottage, and she appears in the shot twice :)

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, May 3, 2004
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    Paul H. Guest

    Here in the States, there is a chain of hobby and craft stores called
    "Michael's" which sells a 4 x 11.5-inch molded plexiglass frame for around
    $5.00 US; panoramic prints just slide in from the side. I have several of
    these scattered about which display panoramas taken at nearby nature
    preserves and they look quite nice, actually.

    I also view many of my panoramas on the computer screen with Irfanview:
    it's great to be able to use arrow keys to scroll horizontally across a
    180-degree panorama taken at dawn or dusk on a mountaintop. Much more
    interesting and memorable than a single frame photo, I think.

    Panoramas are terrific. One day I may even get to the Plains of Salisbury
    to make one of Stonehenge.
    Paul H., May 3, 2004
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    leo Guest

    I don't use the in camera panorama function. To do a proper panorama, you
    would need a tripod anyway and shoot each one by turning the head every 30
    degrees or so. you do need a camera with manual exposures or at least
    exposure lock. As for prints, many Epson printers can take roll paper, so
    it's becoming an interesting hobby. I do need to investigate some framing
    methods. Maybe just sandwich it between two pieces of Plexiglas. Perhaps
    someone can shed some light in how to do it inexpensively and creatively.
    leo, May 3, 2004
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    Jack Guest

    I make panoramas, but there is no need for it to be a special setting on the
    I'd rather have another custom setting or something like that.
    The photostitch software doesn't care whether you used this mode or not.

    Jack, May 3, 2004
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    Bob Thomas Guest

    Which begs the question, which program do people prefer for doing
    panos ? There are quite a few out there and I reckon I've tried the
    lot - but the jury's still out on which one does it the best.

    So which one does everyone else fancy as the best ?

    Bob T.
    Bob Thomas, May 6, 2004
  9. I first bought PanaVue's Image Assembler, and it still does a very good job.

    However, these days I use Panorama Tools exclusively.

    With the addition of autopano.exe and enblend.exe, both the initial
    timeconsuming control point specification and the back-end stitch-line
    editing can be automated as much or as little as you want to, and the
    results are better than any commercial program.

    Terje Mathisen, May 7, 2004
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