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!
IMG_0111_stitch by Jeremy Kuek, on Flickr