- Software used: Panorama Factory ($79.95)
- Time taken: 2-3 minutes, then ten ninutes for software processing
Step 1: Prepare the image
Prepare the images (do any cloning, adjust levels etc) and put them in a folder on your desktop. Then open the software and import your images. In Panorama Factory, just use the wizard.
Step 2: Try the different options
Fully automatic is the default option. Try that and try the Semi-automatic or manual if the fully auto mode does not deliver the goods.
Step 3: Pick a camera option
The software has various camera options. The nearest option to the Nikon D700 available was the D3. The auto focal length detect showed 47.8mm but the it was 28mm in reality. The Correct barrel distortion and Correct brightness falloff options are ticked.
Step 4: Exposure choices
Pick your exposure options here. If the finished result is too light or too dark, you can always come back to this interface and try again.
Step 5: Pick a panorama type
Decide what sort of panorama you want. Going for the Layered Photoshop Image gives more control at the end if you want it.
Try all three types of projection – Spherical, Cylindrical or Perspective to see what you prefer.
Step 6: What are you going to do?
Choose what you are going to do with your panorama and click Next. The software gets to work and within ten minutes you get an audible warning to confirm completion. Go back if you need to correct any aspect of the final stitched effect.
Step 7: Pick a panorama
Save the panorama as a TIF or JPEG. You get several options.You can save the entire project and you may consider this, although files are large and it is just as easy to redo the whole thing should you need to later.
You've read the article, now go take some fantastic images. You can then upload the pictures, plus any advice and suggestions you have into the dedicated Photo Month forum for everyone at ePHOTOzine to enjoy.