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Offline Gordon McGeachie

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Panoramas
« on: December 11, 2011, 04:20:04 PM »
Can I ask what lens my fellow members use for creating a panorama?

now that I have got some software, curtousy of a fellow member for pointing me in the right direction, I am looking at trying more of them.

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Re: Panoramas
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2011, 06:11:42 PM »
hi gordon

i use various lenses including the zooms and just take x number of shots to stitch together for the pano.
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Re: Panoramas
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 08:31:14 PM »
The simple answer is whatever lens is on your camera at the time.
It doesnt make one bit of difference which lens you use, but technique ie everything. Just do a search on the net and there will be a whole host of tutorials on the best way to do it.
The best piece of advice i can give is shoot in manual and set the appeture and exposure as otherwise you will run into problems with exposure differences between the images and this will show up in the finished pano. I have also found that its best to shoot with a set WB as again, with auto it can adjust colours within each frame.


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Re: Panoramas
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 09:21:40 PM »
Good points what Frank and Rob has said. Remember that you can turn your camera to portrait position which is good for some situations and targets, and tripod is always a nice one ;-)

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Re: Panoramas
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 10:03:29 PM »
thanks for the replies guys, its time for me to branch out into something new I think..........
A700, VG-C70AM, Sony 50mm f1.4,SAL1870, Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G SSM, A350,A550,3600HSD, Minolta 135, 500 Reflex, Sigma 10-20,  Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II LD ASP IF, Sigma 400, Tamron 90, ,Nissin Di866 MKII,Interfit 150w 2 head kit, Giottos MTL9351B/MH5011
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Re: Panoramas
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 04:44:04 AM »
Gordon

Will repeat what the others said and add some.
-- better to use focal lengths of at least 50 mm ... wide angles cause more edge distortion and make stitching more difficult
-- more shots at longer focal length are better than few at a wide angle
-- shoot with lots of overlap between frames...
-- M mode is the way to go...take 2 or 3 shots to determine a reasonable exposure...if you use A mode there will be slight variations in sky exposures as you shoot across the scene...
-- portrait (as Kurt noted) is often preferred..for one thing you get more sky and land in the shot which is important when shooting at say 60 mm FL.
-- it is common to use a polarizer on sunny days to enhance the sky...the maximum effect happens at 90° to the sun....as you pan across the sky the effect of the polarizer will vary ... meaning that a perfectly uniform blue sky will vary in color value.... you can see this in the image below. The left is at about (say) 30° to the sun off to the left...and the darker center is 90° to the sun....just be aware of this and you may choose to shoot with no polarizer.
-- I routinely do not shoot with  a tripod..but you should. ;)

The pano capabilities of PS Elements are really quite amazing....usually impossible to tell images are stitched....if and when the boats and dog sleds get an A77 into Sector 17, I will also buy the new 16-50 SSM lens for it. I have a plan for a killer pano next spring or summer...we have a bare wall in the dining area...it needs a 6-ft pano of my favorite mountain range. ;) It is gonna be sweet. Right? ;)

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Re: Panoramas
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2011, 04:53:12 AM »
The panoramic with in build in Camera work better with non wide angle lens from (24-50mm) on APS-C will be 35~70mm.
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