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shooting panoramas w/ 24-105

 
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Nov 10, 2012 09:29 |  #1

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lately I've been learning how to shoot panoramas and did a little bit of experimenting outside the house to have a feel of things. I was wondering if there's a preferred focal length for minimal distortion for merging the images later on, or can I shoot at 24mm and use lens correction profiles.

My current workflow is to export individual RAW images on LR with global adjustments/lens correction across the various image files, followed by merging using Microsoft ICE, and then importing the stitched pano shot back into LR for final touch-up.

I haven't used photoshop in ages ever since I got introduced to LR but I was wondering if photomerge works better than Microsoft ICE? ICE is completely automatic and produces decent results with no option to adjust stitching points. What about photomerge?

From what I've discovered so far shooting at 24mm, ICE doesn't like distinct lines especially when they are in the foreground of the image. Further out, the image looks seamless!

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Nov 10, 2012 10:23 |  #2

With the 24-105. First thing I do is correction of any sort in camera raw. Then save as .tif files, after that open up the photos as layers in one document, resize the canvas to fit all the photos, do a basic alignment by eye, then auto-align layers (projection) auto, then the final step, auto blend layers (panaroma). Save as, then open in raw to do any final color adjustments. I think this was about 6 photos stitched together, left to right, final size is 15"x85"

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Nov 11, 2012 08:22 |  #3

It's nearly impossible to do panoramas in close quarters.. Anytime you get varying distances - i.e. one part of the frame is closer than the others- you run into problems... Thee are a few basic things to understand when doing panoramas- like keeping exposure settings the same (Manual), white balance, aperture, and even focus distance (manual ).. Best to practice in wide open spaces.

I believe that you can also stitch shots using Photostitch and maybe some other ones - been a while. Photoshop also does it ( and can do it from even movies...).


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Nov 14, 2012 13:21 as a reply to  @ wayne.robbins's post |  #4

I've never had a problem shooting with the 24-105 @24mm, but then, I use PTGui (external link)for my stitching, and it can handle my using a fisheye lens for panos. :D I'd suggest trying Hugin (external link), but it might not be as simple as using ICE. Photomerge is good, but can't really handle more extreme distortion gracefully. And I prefer having the tools that a Panorama Tools-based stitcher gives me for horizon correction.

The main correction I'll do prior to stitching is vignetting correction, to avoid having darker seams.


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Nov 16, 2012 11:07 |  #5

Here's a pano I just took usng the 24-105... havent really done any PS other than stitching it together

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Nov 17, 2012 09:04 |  #6

I've never had good results using Photomerge to do panos...Photoshop works way better, especially when you know which type of stitching you want to do.


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Nov 19, 2012 22:20 |  #7

Apricane wrote in post #15256440 (external link)
I've never had good results using Photomerge to do panos...Photoshop works way better, ...

Uh... Photomerge is the name of the feature in Photoshop that does panostitching. The Canon stitching software is called Photostitch. And Photoshop's Photomerge feature is bad at handling some kinds of panostitching (e.g.,360x180 equirectangulars, ultrawide/fisheye images, etc.), and frankly, I've never had good results with it--for me, PTGui works way better. :) Far more control over all aspects of the stitch, and tools for things like horizon correction, and fixing yaw/pitch/roll after the fact for 360 and 360x180 panos.


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Nov 19, 2012 23:02 |  #8

Ah yeah, I meant Photostitch. My bad... haven't used it in a while!


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