Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Storm Clouds

(Click photo for a larger view.)
I just started playing with my tripod to try and capture panoramic photos of where I've been. I absolutely suck at leveling the camera but the intent of my focus were the clouds from tonight as the sun started to set.


TomboCheck said...

Not too shabby! :)

A few panoramic tips that have helped me:

- Setup your camera in portrait mode (tall pictures), and just take a few extra snaps to get the same width. This gives you much more picture to work with.

- Specify your white balance (how to do this depends on your camera. If you have trouble with it let me know the model and I can look it up for ya). This will prevent you from getting different colors between photos (like between the 2nd and 3rd, where you go from purplish to blue)

- if you have a Digital SLR camera, or a cam that allows for such a thing, shoot in aperture priority or full manual mode. This will help prevent different depths of field between photos.

- Overlap your photos by no less than 33%. Preferably by 50%. This helps stitching software make the best photo possible.

- If you have photoshop the 'Photomerge' tool (under the automate sub-menu) works absolute wonders to stitch panoramics together.

Hope these help. :)

Daly said...

Tombo, you are awesome! I really appreciate all the tips. Never thought to set up my camera in portrait mode and I totally forgot about the Photomerge tool in Photoshop!

I'm gonna keep trying now that I'm armed with this new knowledge and maybe the photos of my next set won't stitch up towards the right...lol.

TomboCheck said...

Always happy to help. :)

The right side being higher is probably just due to parallax distortion of the near houses and the distant sky. PS will help with it, but only so much. Most of the time cropping out all of the white border section will help keep your viewer from noticing it as much.

There are a few things you can do to reduce it while taking the shots, but unless you are trying to produce some pro-quality pano's, most of those techniques aren't worth all the reading and practice that they require. :)

An example of what I got after I started using the tips listed in my other comment. Good enough for me. :)

Daly said...

You are very wise, Tombo. Now I see that if I had taken portraits, I would've had enough picture to crop out the white background.

I did see your Monsoon Sunset - Pano a couple weeks ago and can only hope my next panos look as good as yours!

I can't wait to put what I've learned into practice.