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Help with Panoramic pictures

Smithy 5 7
16 Jul 2012 7:40PM
Hi guys

Iv done Panoramic pictures before where iv kept the tripod head straight and in line which I found easy, all I done was turn the head and capture each frame, however I took this picture at my works to create a pano but as you can see I'm high up so I had to set the tripod head looking down to the plant and I'm having problems getting it straight when editing as well as the picture after stitching is cut short in the middle..


I may answer my own question here but I cant keep going back to work to test my theory as with the type of Industry

Thanks for your Help in advance

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Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
16 Jul 2012 8:22PM
Are you still using just one sweep from left to right? Might be an idea to do one sweep then adjust the camera further downwards and do a second sweep, then drop them in to Photomerge. You could always try freebie software like Autostitch though I think it only outputs in Jpeg (might be suitable for your needs?) but it does allow stitching in vertical and horizontal planes at the same time.

With the gaps from the odd curvature I would definitely try more overlaps between images and more than one row, though I appreciate your working conditions may hinder you.

Good luck!
Smithy 5 7
16 Jul 2012 9:14PM
Ok cheers, I'll give that a try, would altering the angle of the camera at each frame when doing a sweep work or would that make the picture worse?
Martin54 12 542 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 9:42PM
Hi, thats an interesting place of work with plenty of photographic opportunities. I've done a few panoramics and use PTGui which does a faultless job of stitching all sorts of images and angles. There's a free demo on the site of you want to give it a try.
Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
16 Jul 2012 11:41PM
I would stick to one angle for the first sweep then adjust down for a second sweep. I wouldn't adjust the angle for each shot. I did a Christmas shot of my living room that way which I think is in my portfolio on here. Autostitch coped OK with that with only a few dodgy overlaps and that was in a tight space. With more distance between you and your subject I'd hope the effect would be more successful.

You can probably use markers on your tripod to twist your camera to roughly the same place when you go back from one side to the other.

Look forward to seeing your next shots.
sausage Plus
13 502 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 8:53AM
To get a successful panoramic shot the camera has to be turned on the lens nodal point - which is where the light rays cross over. And also the camera has to be level. Where you are high up looking down I would do one sweep level and the next sweep angled down. Make sure you overlap by at least a third.

I have the Manfrotto Panoramic head which, once set up, takes all the guesswork out of it. The results are excellent.

Good luck

Andy_Cundell 7 1.1k 5 England
17 Jul 2012 11:49AM
Why not take them in portrait instead of landscape (turn the camera on its side Grin)?

Smithy 5 7
17 Jul 2012 1:06PM
Because I only have a 18-55 and it won't capture what I wanted in the picture.

Cheers for your help guys.
Smithy 5 7
17 Jul 2012 8:15PM
Sausage which model head you got? Just had a look at the 303 SPH, don't think id need that model as I doubt I'll do 360 pictures.
sausage Plus
13 502 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 4:52PM
I have the 303SPH but the 303 Plus will probably be ok for you. The heads are perhaps on the expensive side but are made really well and will last many years.
I've had mine about 6 or 7 years.

Smithy 5 7
18 Aug 2012 4:42PM

Took your advice on board and it seems to have worked, thanks guys!
Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
18 Aug 2012 10:22PM
Nice result!

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