Panorama how-to

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    Can anyone give me a good refence on how to do Panoramas? I want to try doing some, but I'm not sure how to go about doing them.
     
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    google
     
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    Hugin is a great (free) program for making panoramas. You'll have to google it, I'm not digging up the link.

    Yesterday I made this (be careful, 42 megs, 98 inches wide) from 18 images that were over 5000 pixels wide each. Took less than half an hour and the only places I could tell it was stitched together was a slight shading difference in the sky where I shot at a wider angle to eliminate a person.

    The trick to a smooth pano is to take the shots at about 20 degree increments (overlap the shots by 1/3 on each rotation). That way the program has more to reference from the previous image.

    Good luck.
     
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    Wow, that is really impressive! Only 18 images? What was your technique to getting the detail! It's incredible! I did a downtown city shot and zoomed in to 135mm and just shot like a normal panorama. I think it was about 85 images. I could probably see someone with Spandex fart.

    Wish I could show it. I think it's about 2GB worth of data - took about a month to get just right

    ~Michael~
     
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    Thanks.

    All I did was stand there and take pictures with my 7D in a circle.
     
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    I enjoy taking panoramas at an archeological site here. Tripods are not allowed. For panoramas, a tripod is nice because it helps you keep the horizon level. When I'm not using a tripod I shoot in portrait orientation so I have more room to crop at the top and botton.

    If my exposure will be fairly consistent, I just shoot. If the exposure is going to change in the middle of the panorama I set the exposure and use the same exposure on all shots. At times, I'll do the series both ways and see which works best. Digital is cheap.

    I discovered ICE, a free panorama program from Microsoft, and it works great for me.

    I was taking shots at Monte Alban from the top of a pyramid and when I looked at the finished shot there was something wrong. It took me a moment to put my finger on the problem. Aha! I had a teenaged boy in a bright red sweater who had been running across the field and he appeared three times in the photo.
     

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