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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-12-2016, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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How do you do them?

Some (most?) smartphones have the ability, though it seems the quality is pretty hit and miss. Do you use the function that comes with the phones standard camera? Or is there a particular app that you prefer?

For DSLRs, it's been some time since I played around with this. Is it still a separate program needed to stitch the photos together? Or are there cameras with a panorama setting?

What is your preference?
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How do you do them?
For DSLRs, it's been some time since I played around with this. Is it still a separate program needed to stitch the photos together? Or are there cameras with a panorama setting?
What is your preference?
I've used a program called Hugin before but its more involved in stitching photos together. I've also used a demo of Autostitch and found it to be very easy as you can take as many photos as you like and not in any particular order; in other words, you don't have to pan the camera from left to right across the scene taking shots. Autostitch works automatically to stitch all the photos. One drawback about the free demo is that the final output image is less than 1 MP. There is a paid program which incorporates autostitch called Autopan Pro.
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Interesting this topic got posted.

I am SLR user & have always been stitching manually - lock exposure usually around the middle, then shoot with sizeable overlap. This last week have been playing with Sony compact which has auto-pano feature (so called "sweep shooting"). In my view it doesn't come even close to level of flexibility I get with manual mode. Here's an example.

First pic is auto mode. Note how mountain tops upper left got clipped? They were not clipped when I was taking pic/moving camera. Then, photo is just too wide - I wanted frame little less wide.



Second pic is manual mode. Same place, same time, same light conditions, same camera. Shot 3 frames and stitched them up - got exactly what I wanted.



Bottom line: I think auto-mode is way more convenient -- point, shoot, and move on. But for more flexibility and perhaps more serious photography I think manual mode is better. I am also quite interested to hear what others think, as there are some great photographers out here.
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Long time user of Autostitch for me. Demo version but it does everything you need it to do.

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I used to use Hugin but then bumped across Microsoft's ICE freeware: Image Composite Editor. Super easy to use so I ditched Hugin which was painful and did not produce as good panoramas as ICE. Download here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/
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I love having options Very cool. Thanks for sharing, all.

I guess no one users their smartphone then? Haha.
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I'm with @zeljkok. Manual stitching generally yields better results with cameras. My point and shoot has RAW capability, but in Pano mode, it is limited to JPG, and it sometimes makes stitching errors.

Having said that, if you don't mind lower resolution photos, I think the Panos from phones are pretty impressive. Great colours, seamless stitching.
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I guess no one users their smartphone then? Haha.
Actually Vern (probably the best photographer this board has) thinks very highly of iPhone camera capabilities. Hopefully he will see this post & can comment more.
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I love shooting panos, I used autostitch for a long time before buying a copy of AutoPanoPro which I've used for a few years now.

https://goo.gl/photos/iBW3MqCg368r8g7E7

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I guess no one users their smartphone then? Haha.
Phones work great. If you have a waterproof case!
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I love the iPhone's auto stitch functionality. Did you know that it works in both directions (tap screen to change) and also works vertically? The vertical stitch is nice for waterfalls.

For any serious stitching I use Adobe Lightroom. It does 95% of what I need and the newest version even allows filling in missing areas that are natural due to perspective issues on a lot of panos.

A common issue with auto stitching panos is vignetting (darker corners on photos) which can be caused from filters and interferes with a clean stitch especially with blue skies. This is when I use Adobe Photoshop and select the "remove vignetting" option that's available for panoramic stitching.

Something a lot of folks don't realize is that panos with telephoto lenses can turn out very nice too - it's not just about wide angle lenses.
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To me biggest argument in favor of (compacts | smartphones | ...) is practicability. Took this on Watridge Lake today. It was -20, I was on skis, there was wind & it was cold. I'd really not bother to stop, take pack off, take SLR out, mess around. But compact was in front pocket & whole thing took 5 seconds. Pano is not that great, but still better than nothing
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1 more example of "sweep shooting" pano made with compact; it is quite technically sound on pixel level too. Took a bit of editing in CS6 to bring out skyline color, but overall quality is quite good. I am reading opinions now how "days of SLR are numbered". We'll see

(btw this is sunset from Nose Hill, 1 of largest urban parks in Canada)
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1 more example of "sweep shooting" pano made with compact; it is quite technically sound on pixel level too. Took a bit of editing in CS6 to bring out skyline color, but overall quality is quite good. I am reading opinions now how "days of SLR are numbered". We'll see

(btw this is sunset from Nose Hill, 1 of largest urban parks in Canada)
Nice shot. I think SLR's will still be around for a while, although a Fuji mirrorless camera I tried produced rather impressive results (I just couldn't handle the strange configuration of menus and dials).
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I am with you guntis, but I believe SLRs are moving into domain of professionals while enthusiasts like us --in particular outdoor enthusiasts-- will lean more and more to smaller cameras

I should really post detail article on this in photography forum in terms of my experience. I've been in SLR camp and have fairly good gear, but for Black Friday last year got me this Sony Rx100 --- 1st edition, under 500; great reviews, and all. It is still considerably technically inferior to SLR specially in low light conditions but deficiencies show up mostly after you blow up on pixel level. When sized on computer screen lots of time it is not so easy to tell the difference.
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