Before we get to stitching however, it's important that we start with proper source images. Panoweaver 8.00 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.
1. Set your photographic equipment in place: a tripod, a pano head and a camera. 2. Adjust the nodal point. 3. Shoot images.
Tip: 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.
For the best results please remember the following key points:
- All images should be taken from the same viewpoint.
This is the most important thing to consider when photographing for panoramas. A panorama can only be successfully stitched from images that are taken from exactly the same viewpoint. If the camera has been moved between shots, parallax error .the perspective changes between shots and foreground objects will move relatively to background objects. may be caused, which should be avoided at any cost. You can shoot hand held, but using a tripod makes it much easier to maintain the camera position. You can see the effects of parallax error with the experiment
For a camera, the nodal point .The nodal point differs for each lens; rotating the camera around different points until the images show no parallax errors. Several tutorials can be found by searching the web. If you don't know the nodal point of your lens, as a rule of thumbs it's usually located somewhere between the middle and the front between the middle and front of the lens. of the lens should be kept in the same position. Unfortunately the nodal point never coincides with the camera's tripod mount hole. For proper nodal point alignment on a tripod therefore a panoramic head should be used, which shifts the axis of rotation of the camera to a desired point. The severity of parallax errors depends on the proximity of objects to the camera. A scene with only far away objects is forgiving to nodal point misalignment. Therefore, if you are unsure of the nodal point alignment of your camera, it's best to start with a landscape scene, not a panorama taken inside a building.
Lock the camera's exposure and white balance.
Please use the sample normal images taken handheld, with a digital SLR camera.Top
Basic steps:1. Decide the type of fisheye image that you want to shoot. 2. Select proper photographic equipment. Please refer to Main Photography Equipment
- Digital camera .abbreviation as DC.: Theoretically, both digital camera and film camera work with fisheye lens to shoot fisheye images. However, Digital cameras are much convenient since the images can be transferred to computer directly without scanning the negatives as film camera. So digital camera is better. Recommended: Nikon D70, D100 and Canon 10D, 20D and 300D.
- Fisheye lens: Fisheye lens can capture an FOV .field of view. of over 180 degrees. A panorama can be stitched from 2 or more fisheye images. Sigma 8mm F4 EX DG Circular Fisheye lens is recommended.
- Pano Head: Also known as Panoramic Tripod Head or Rotator is installed on a tripod when shooting to eliminate the displacements between fisheye images so that the panorama can be stitched seamlessly. Different pano head matches different DC. The pano head from Kaidan, Agnos and Manfrotto are compatible.
- Tripod: A tripod is an adjustable three-legged stand used for supporting photography equipment when shooting. Because fisheye lens covers a wide range of shooting area, it calls for tripod with a not-too-long handle; otherwise, the long handle will cover a wide area in the stitched panorama and is difficult to be erased. Stableness of the tripod is also important. The tripod from Manfrotto and Bogen are recommended.
- Recommended: DSLR + Sigma 8mm lens and stitch 4+T drum fisheye image.
3. Shoot fisheye image. Please refer to Workflow of Shooting Fisheye Images.
|Type||Qt.of Image||Way of Shooting|
|Drum||4, 4+T, 4+B, 4+T+B||4 pictures in portrait mode|
|Full Frame||6, 6+T, 6+B, 6+T+B||6 pictures in portrait mode|
|4, 4+T, 4+B, 4+T+B||4 pictures in landscape mode|
|Full Circular||1, 2, 3||as you like|
Tip:T refers to Top fisheye image which can be obtained through rotating camera up to shoot.B refers to Bottom fisheye image which can be obtained through rotating down to shoot.
For more details, please see Panorama Photography