Shoot Normal Images
Panoweaver 8 supports normal lens, wide-angle lens and fisheye lens. It can handle almost every kind of image (one row or multiple rows of images), in any orientation.
Workflow of Shooting Normal Images
Shoot with pano head and tripod
- Set your photographic equipment in place: a tripod, a pano head and a camera. Attach the Pano Head to the Tripod to make sure the pano head can spin smoothly around the tripod axis.
- Attach the Camera to the Pano Head: Assure the camera body and horizontal line in a right angle. Locate nodal point to keep the camera in a fixed position to avoid parallax error. Refer to How to locate nodal point?
- Calculate the rotation degree and the number of rows required for stitching and shoot images.
Shoot hand held
1. Calculate the rotation degree: to calculate the rotation degree when shooting each shot (360/the minimum number of shots, for example, if the minimum number of shots after calculation is 12, then the rotation degree should be 30).
Tip: If the calculation result is shooting at least 11 images, shooting 12 images is suggested to get a better stitching result.
2. Hand hold a camera, keep the camera in the same spot for every shot and proceed in a straight line. Don't move the camera up and down between shots to follow an up and down horizon. Ideally, use a tripod.
1. To get the best result inside a building for professional use, please note:
A tripod and a panoramic pano head are suggested while shooting. Handhold shooting is not suggested. As well, the nodal point should be adjusted precisely.
2. If you want to shoot far away objects outside a building and only one row of pictures for stitching, handhold shooting can also be applied.
Note: For the best results, take photos using the following tips:
- Keep the camera in the same spot for every shot. The distance between camera and floor should be kept unchanged.
- Make sure that there is some overlap from photo to photo. For example, if you are sweeping from left to right, locate an object in the right side of your viewfinder on the 1st shot. Then make sure you can see that same object on the left side of your viewfinder on the 2nd shot. Continue this for each shot. Ideally, you should have about 25%-40% of each frame overlapping the previous frame.
- Based on the calculated number of shots required for stitching, shooting more images than required is suggested.
- Shooting photos clockwise is suggested.
- Lock the camera's exposure and white balance for all shots. This will help to avoid substantial changes in lightness/darkness from frame to frame. If you can't or don't want to do this, and there are substantial variations in lightness from frame to frame, take your shots with more overlap (e.g., 50% overlap from shot to shot). This will minimize the amount of lightness change from any one shot to the next shot. If you can, also lock your white balance for all shots.
- Beware of objects which move between shots. Clouds move, trees sway in the wind, and people move around. If people and/or things are moving, take your shots as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of variation between frames.
- Don't zoom in or out between frames.