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How to create panoramas with the help of Panorama Factory

Panoramas are easier than you think! You don't even need a special tripod head.

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  • Software used: Panorama Factory ($79.95)
  • Time taken: 2-3 minutes, then ten ninutes for software processing

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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.

Creating Panoramas - step one 

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.

Creating Panoramas - step two 

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.

Creating Panoramas - step three

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.
Creating Panoramas - step four


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.

Creating Panoramas - step five

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.

Creating Panoramas - step six

Creating Panoramas - step six part two

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.

Creating Panoramas - step seven

Creating Panoramas - step seven part two

Finished image:
Final image


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