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Can you please explain me the procedure to shoot panoramic shots using a Sony DSC - H2....

I am new to panorama shots and not even taken a single shot... I also need info about the photo stitching technique.. links to it where I can get a good guidance on the softwares for that....

Thanks a lot in advance....

Regards,Mukunth.

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Here's a tutorial with a lot of good ideas..http://www.zenadsl5251.zen.co.uk/photos/panotut.html..

Comment #1

For panoramas-.

-use tripod. you must keep it level with the horizon. if your tripod does not have a level builtin then buy one that slides into your flash hotshoe. again make a max effort to get the camera level..

-for exposure. set the exposure by pressing halfway and noteing the fstop and shutter speed. you are trying to find the brightest part of you panorama scene to be. once you have found the brightest check the fstop and shutter speed. put camera into manual metering mode and use those settings. do not change them for any part of the panorama..

-lens selection. I shoot mine with a 20mm. tried a 35mm didn't work, the individual shots didn't overlap. the angle of view wasn't wide enough. note: SHOOT THE LENS VERTICALLY. this is the only way to get some vertical scene, otherwise the panorama will be shaped like a hotdog.

In vertical you are cutting your angle of view way down. my tripod has degrees engraved in the mount, I was shooting at only a 15 degree spread and in looking at the shots before stiching there wasn't that much overlap..

-determine in advance the center point of the scene and try to go X number of shots on each side of it. for me with my setup a 120 degree scene is 7 shots; the center and 3 on each side. if I go with a 35mm lens then a 120degree scene will take 13 shots. no matter what lens you use realize that you are adding only 33% new scene with every shot, the rest is overlap for the right and left adjoining shots. the only exceptions are the end shots in the whole scene..

- I stick my hand in front of the lens and shoot, then shoot the panorama, the 7 shots, then put hand in front of lens and shoot. later I know that everything between hands is the panorama..

I have used cs2 or the panorama factory software to make the panorama. for either couldn't be simpler simply select the shots and it does the work. this is where using a level pays off. the software is leveling the scene to make the long rectangcal, but if the scene was not as level as possible in the first place the vertical becomes less and less(you end up with hotdog shape). so having the tripod and camera level is very important. also when mount and shooting vertically make sure the camera really is vertical, carefully check by looking threw the viewfinder.



-on focusing-.

What I do is to simply preset the 20mm lems at infinity, because of depth of field everything from 5.64ft to infinity is in focus at f11.0 distance 200ft..

You can also use a hyperfocal focus setup. but thanks to the DOF table, just setting the lens at infinity is simpler..

I left WB alone, that is set at AWB; or you can use a preset setting like sunny or cloudy, but once set donot change it till panorama shots are doneonline depth of field calculator available here-http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html.

For panoramas, the software I use is either panorama factory orPTGui or cs2. the one that works best for me is PTGui...

Comment #2

Try here as a start:.

Http://www.panoguide.com/howto/jsessionid=6EE489EB63E9CA63AFA2734BE3D520D1.

While it's possible to stitch using Photoshop and other similar photo editors, I recommend a dedicated photo stitcher. There are several good ones. I recommend you look at AutoStitch, Panorama Factory, and PTgui. Autostitch is free and has limitations, but is VERY easy to use..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #3

Chuxter wrote:.

While it's possible to stitch using Photoshop and other similar photoeditors, I recommend a dedicated photo stitcher. There are severalgood ones. I recommend you look at AutoStitch, Panorama Factory, andPTgui. Autostitch is free and has limitations, but is VERY easy touse..

The free Autostitch only does cylindrical panoramas.Hugin (excellent and also free) does rectilinear panoramas as well..

Best regards,John NavasPanasonic DMC-FZ8 (and several others)..

Comment #4

John Navas wrote:.

Chuxter wrote:.

While it's possible to stitch using Photoshop and other similar photoeditors, I recommend a dedicated photo stitcher. There are severalgood ones. I recommend you look at AutoStitch, Panorama Factory, andPTgui. Autostitch is free and has limitations, but is VERY easy touse..

The free Autostitch only does cylindrical panoramas.Hugin (excellent and also free) does rectilinear panoramas as well..

Check this out:.

Http://wiki.panotools.org/Hugin.

The short version, fromhttp://www.360rage.com is.

"Hugin has an interface to set and tune image control points, nescessary for Panotools to calculate lens parameters..

The program is able to use external programs like Autopano and Autopan-SIFT to generate control points. Enblend can be used to blend the images into a seamless panorama..

Hugin downloads include the Nona stitcher, an open source stitch program, but the Panotools stitcher can be used as well.".

That sure makes it sound like a component of a real stitching program? Besides, I suspect that unless you graduated from Berkeley and can write a Linux OS from memory, this is a bit heavy for you. .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #5

Yes, Hugin does sound a bit heavy, but it's really not that heavy in practice with the latest beta version of Hugin, which has a new easy Assistant (Wizard) interface see my thread "Easy great panoramans with free Hugin 0.7 beta 4" (which includes some samples) athttp://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=25294635Best regards,John NavasPanasonic DMC-FZ8 (and several others).

Chuxter wrote:.

John Navas wrote:.

The free Autostitch only does cylindrical panoramas.Hugin (excellent and also free) does rectilinear panoramas as well..

Check this out:.

Http://wiki.panotools.org/Hugin.

The short version, fromhttp://www.360rage.com is.

"Hugin has an interface to set and tune image control points,nescessary for Panotools to calculate lens parameters..

The program is able to use external programs like Autopano andAutopan-SIFT to generate control points. Enblend can be used to blendthe images into a seamless panorama..

Hugin downloads include the Nona stitcher, an open source stitchprogram, but the Panotools stitcher can be used as well.".

That sure makes it sound like a component of a real stitchingprogram? Besides, I suspect that unless you graduated from Berkeleyand can write a Linux OS from memory, this is a bit heavy for you. ..

Comment #6

Mukunth wrote:.

Can you please explain me the procedure to shoot panoramic shotsusing a Sony DSC - H2....

To shoot a simple basic panorama:* You'll normally set your lens at maximum wide angle..

* Good panorama software can correct exposure and color balance, but for best results set your camera for manual exposure (with the scene metered properly).* Good results can be obtained handheld, but for best results use a tripod..

* Shoot a series of pictures to cover the screne, overlapping photos by at least 25% (so the stitching software can match and blend the photos). Here's a simple example (Zoom Out):.

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* Remember that vertical panoramas (tall instead of wide) can be as worthwhile as horizontal ones, as well as panoramas both horizontal and vertical..

I am new to panorama shots and not even taken a single shot... I alsoneed info about the photo stitching technique.. links to it where Ican get a good guidance on the softwares for that....

See my thread "Easy great panoramans with free Hugin 0.7 beta 4" (which includes some samples) athttp://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=25294635.

Once Hugin beta and Autopano-SIFT are installed, launch Hugin and use the Assistant (like a wizard) to (1) load your images, (2) align your images, and (3) create and save your panorama..

Hugin tutorials are available athttp://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/index.shtml.

Best regards,John NavasPanasonic DMC-FZ8 (and several others)..

Comment #7

Since no Windows installer has yet been released for Hugin 0.7 beta 4, I've created a Windows Installer package to install it and automatically configure it to use Autopano-SIFT and Enblend..

Here's how to do it:.

1. From http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~nowozin/autopano-sift/, download and install (to the default location) Autopano-SIFT 2.3 for Windows. (If you have a prior version of Autopano-SIFT installed, uninstall it first.).

2. From http://www.mediafire.com/?dwcdjiqmegy, download and install my Hugin 0.7 beta 4 installer package. (If you have a prior version of Hugin installed, uninstall it first.).

When you launch Hugin it will start with the Assistant (wizard) tab, which makes creating a panorama an easy and largely automatic 3-step process (Load images, Align automatically, Create panorama)..

Post any questions or problems to this thread..

John Navas wrote:.

Hugin 0.7 beta 4 (http://hugin.sourceforge.net/) is quite stable andhas a new Assistant (Wizard) tab that automates most common panoramasinto a simple 3-step process (that can still be refined as desired).For best Hugin results:* Also download and install Autopano-SIFT(http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~nowozin/autopano-sift/), whichautomates the matching of images (creation of control points).* For difficult (or even "impossible") panoramas, try smartblend(http://smartblend.panotools.info/) instead of the usual enblend(configured in Hugin Preferences)...

Comment #8

Have a look at my panorama tutorial page:http://www.millhouse.nl/digitalpanorama.html.

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Regards,.

Fred Kamphueshttp://www.millhouse.nl..

Comment #9

Http://www.mediafire.com/...=7814de75d2a4340991b20cc0d07ba4d23ed6fdb5c6ab3d83(Just get "hugin 0.7 beta 4 Win Setup.msi" no need for the Setup Source.).

Best regards,John NavasPanasonic DMC-FZ8 (and several others)..

Comment #10

Download from:.

Http://www.mediafire.com/...=7814de75d2a4340991b20cc0d07ba4d23ed6fdb5c6ab3d83.

Changes from beta 4:.

Photometric alignment (exposure & white balance compensation) and vignetting correction. For more information, see http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tech/.

My beta 5 installer may be installed over my beta 4 installer, resulting in a seamless upgrade.Best regards,John NavasPanasonic DMC-FZ8 (and several others)..

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