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Shooting panoramas Made simple


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Intro to Shooting panoramas

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Shooting panoramas Made simple

  1. 1. Shooting Panoramas MADE SIMPLE By uncle Stan, 2009 INTRO For DUMMIES
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>What is a panorama </li></ul><ul><li>Where it can help you </li></ul><ul><li>Myths about panoramic shooting </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping it simple: hardware & software </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a panorama? <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a panorama (from Greek <πανοραμα>) is any wide-angle view of a physical space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wide-angle representation of such a view—whether in painting, drawing, photography, film/video, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>composition of overlapping images using various projection types </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Used in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Art, Space missions, Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Streetview, virtual tours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realty websites, educational media – interiors </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. A picture is worth a thousand words You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams
  5. 5. What’s in it for you? <ul><li>Fun and new impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Save wide shots even with narrow lense </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot scenery and interiors when needed </li></ul><ul><li>Print and share online </li></ul>
  6. 6. Myths about panoramas <ul><li>Special cameras / lenses (e.g. fisheye, or even 360 ° ) </li></ul><ul><li>Special hardware / mounts </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific software </li></ul><ul><li>Deep knowledge of maths and spatial geometry </li></ul>...are NOT necessary!
  7. 7. Keeping simple: hardware <ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><ul><li>just any: DSLR, compact, even mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any modern laptop or desktop will do </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scenery / Objects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>keep cam in one point & rotate around it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>composition rules apply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>overlap shots by 30-50% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tripod </li></ul><ul><ul><li>buy if: you wanna shoot real big OR your hands are shaky OR shoot in low light/night </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Panoramic head </li></ul><ul><ul><li>buy if you plan to shoot professionally </li></ul></ul>NICE TO HAVE MUST HAVE’s
  8. 8. Keeping simple: software <ul><li>Modern panoramic software is very smart: </li></ul><ul><li>Autodetection of image groups </li></ul><ul><li>Seamless stitching & smart blending (even moving objects) </li></ul><ul><li>Shooting errors correction (exp., color…) </li></ul><ul><li>Using various projections (planar, spheric, cylinder…) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality output (jpg, tiff) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Keeping simple: software Functionality, more features Ease to use, easier Canon PhotoStitch  Autopano PT Gui Hugin  Panorama Factory Realviz Stitcher   Output quality (1..3) RECOMMENDED!
  10. 10. Never stop! <ul><li>Experiment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small planets, 360 ° </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Night panoramas, HDR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual tours, video… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any photohost – picasa, flickr, photofile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized: Panoramio, , viewAt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LJ Community - photopanorama </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. References <ul><li>Title: Sony HX1, by SONY Corp. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 3: Wikipedia, </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 4 images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mars image by Spirit Rover, - JPL, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Borodino battle panorama, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Golden Gate by hernan.badino, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slide 6 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Math comic by Wulffmorgenthaler, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gigapan Epic Imager, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slide 8: Autopano illustration from http:// </li></ul>