Stepped out pano

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Dudley Hanks, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Dudley Hanks

    Mark Thomas Guest

    A good pano program should cope with small to middling wobbles. But you
    might have problems with wobbly horizons, etc that you may have to sort
    out during the stitching process. Are you working with a tripod, and
    can you take a helper, maybe? My method is to set the camera up on a
    tripod, and then rotate it, watching the camera as it goes round to
    ensure it remains level/horizon aligned, before taking the images. The
    tripod has a bubble level, but I find it is just as easy and possibly
    more accurate to do it by eye.

    Actually, while it has some stitching problems, it is better than I
    thought you would do first up.. (That's meant as a compliment, honest!)
    The lighting and overall effect is very good. That looks like the
    sort of bad stitching that Canon's program does - try Autostitch (free),
    then maybe Hugin (free) or PTGUI ($s) if you aspire to more.

    Both of the latter are similar, but to get Hugin to work well you will
    need to also install the little autopano.exe engine to generate control
    points (to fix the slight mismatches in the above example).

    ALL of those programs should do a far better job of blending along the
    stitches. Hugin/PTGUI are probably going to need intervention at times,
    and for that I suspect you may need a sighted helper. With Autostitch
    however, you just point it at the images... and most times it should work.

    Nice guess.
    Yes, agreed!
    Yes, obviously that program still sucks as much as it did when I tried
    it long ago. Dump it and move on.
    We'll look forward to seeing them, and don't hesitate to ask for
    assistance (or harsh critique)!
    Mark Thomas, Jan 7, 2009
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Thanks for the feedback, Mark, I appreciate it a lot -- especially the
    compliment... :)

    Any intervention with the software will definitely require sighted help,
    although I might be able to cope with just the right set of images.. I'll
    try to do as much as I can before asking. But, I appreciate the offer.

    For this image, I used a tripod since the exposures were 0.8 seconds and I
    wasn't using an image stabilized lens. Also, I wanted the images to line up
    as perfectly as possible. (I think I'll leave handhelds for a bit later.)

    When I get back, I'll probably go the autostitch route and try that program
    out first. My wife said Adobe Elements was a bit better than Canon's Photo
    Stitch, but she could still find stitch lines under moderate enlargement.

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Jan 7, 2009
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    MJW Guest

    Hi Dudley, I had a look at your pano & guessed
    straight up that you used Canon P-S. It seems that
    apart from the visible seams, it has mis-aligned a
    couple of sections. I have read the other replies
    in this thread, & agree with what Mark has
    written, you will get a better result with a
    different stitching prog!

    When you get the time, give the Hugin one that
    Troy recommended a go, it is pretty good!

    MJW, Jan 7, 2009
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    For sure, I'll give it a try. First, though, I'll probably test out the
    autostitch prog. Like Mark has pointed out, the more automated the
    stitching program is, the better it will work for me -- at least in the
    initial stages...

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Jan 8, 2009
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Dudley Hanks is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    By all means give the one Mark recommended a go, but Hugin is just 3 clicks
    of the mouse once you've chosen the images in most cases.
    Troy Piggins, Jan 8, 2009
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