Shoot Images

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.

Shoot with Normal Lens or Wide-angle Lens

Shoot with Fisheye Lens

Shoot with Normal Lens or Wide-angle Lens

Basic steps:

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:


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:


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.

Tip: How to find the nodal point of a lens?

Please use the sample normal images taken handheld, with a digital SLR camera.

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Shoot with Fisheye Lens

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


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

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