Question on Panoramas

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by tony cooper, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. tony cooper

    tony cooper Guest

    I've never attempted a stitched panorama because I normally don't
    shoot landscapes or scenes that lend themselves to this technique.

    I went out today and shot 18 individual shots on a tripod moving the
    camera the recommended distance between shots. Then I went to
    CS4>File>Automate>Photomerge and created a panorama. It worked OK,
    but the subject is rather insipid.

    My questions, though, are about something else. For this experiment I
    shot RAW+JPEG because I wasn't sure how to go about it. I created a
    two different panoramas using the .dng files (I shoot Nikon) for one
    and the .jpg files for the other. It didn't seem to make a
    difference, but the .dng-created file doesn't seem to allow me to make
    any adjustments in the RAW files as such. I had to adjust using
    Levels or Curves using the flattened pano. I didn't work on the
    individual images as .dngs because I wasn't sure if the treatment
    would match panel-to-panel.

    Also, the output is an arc. I had to crop through the middle of it to
    get a rectangular image, and even that needs some cloning at the

    I'm not interested in using any program other than CS4's Photomerge
    because I'm not interested in making other panoramas. I just don't
    shoot that type of scene.

    If you can figure out what I'm talking about, and have suggestions,
    they'd be appreciated.
    tony cooper, Oct 11, 2010
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  2. tony cooper

    tony cooper Guest

    The merged file is going to be a .psd (or .tiff) because it involves
    layers. The question, though, is do I start from .dngs or from
    ..jpgs. Starting with .jpgs worked on the experimental effort because
    very little adjusting was necessary and that was done on the flattened
    That's it. Glad it wasn't me. Next time I'd shoot portrait and do
    more shots just to have something more in the middle to work with.
    I can probably get a decent end-result from a mechanical point of
    view, but I can't come up with a interesting subject. Who'd be
    interested in a panorama of a Florida strip mall or a 1200 pixel wide
    view of a field overgrown with palmettos?
    tony cooper, Oct 11, 2010
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  3. tony cooper

    tony cooper Guest

    Actually, when I went out to try a pano yesterday I went out to Lake
    Monroe to do the shoreline thing. Really, really, uninteresting.
    Flat water, nothing interesting on the far shoreline, and not a
    glacier in sight.
    I thought of the dog track because there is one near me, but I don't
    understand how moving objects can be incorporated. The dogs would be
    in every panel. The track without the dogs is without interest.
    tony cooper, Oct 11, 2010
  4. Urban panos are very popular and interesting, but rarely when they are taken.

    After all, no one really wants to see what you can see from your window,
    or a hotel or tourist attraction observation deck.

    Wait a decade or so and suddenly they are interesting, and quite marketable.

    If there is a disaster or other major change adds to the value. For example,
    panos with or taken from the Twin Towers, London Eye (how much has London
    changed in 10 years?), Detroit in the 1960's and so on.

    A sunrise or sunset, severe weather, a rocket launch over the KSC or Vandeberg
    AFB (do they let you photgraph them?) and so on.

    Considering there was a terrorist theat against the Eifel Tower recently,
    panos to and of it are probably a good investment. Even if nothing happens,
    Paris changes enough to be a marketable subject and current ones still can
    be sold at shops in the mall to people who want to make you think they've
    seen it.:)

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Oct 11, 2010
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