Welcome to my panorama tutorials weblog.
The links to the left details my experience and methodology over the last ten years taking and creating interactive panoramic photographs.
My camera and equipment has been changed during this period as digital SLR cameras have evolved.
My current setup is here:
- The Manfrotto 055 Pro tripod with Leveling Centre Column 555B
- The 360precision panorama head
- Canon 5D - using manual white balance, manual exposure, and manual focus
- Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens
- Canon remote release
- For each node, I photograph 6 around, 1 up and 2 down.
The creation of the panoramas from each collection of 9 photographs is quickly performed by either Realviz Stiticher Unlimited (RVS U) 5.5 or by using PTGui 6.0.3, both these software packages are available for Apple Mac OS X or MS Windows XP.
Additional post-processing is done by using actions in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and ClickHere's CubicConvertor.
I started using in 1996 a Nikon film camera taking photographs and then scanning the colour negatives, and then I used a sequence of digital cameras: the Apple QuickTake 150; the Sony DSC-S70 and Sony DSC-S85 with the Sony Wide Angle Lens VCL-MHG07 (0.7x) and the amazing Century Optics (0.3x) Fisheye and also briefly the Raynox DCR-FE180PRO Pro Fish-Eye (0.24x); then came my DSLR cameras - the Canon 10D and Canon 20D with the Sigma 8mm EX Fisheye, Canon EFS 10-20mm and Canon EF 17-35mm L f/2.8 lens.
During this time I have used a range of panorama stitching programs: Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Tools Suite version 1.0 and 2.0 (both of these required you to write MPW programming code to stitch the photos together) and one of the first visual stitching programs the Apple Quicktime VR Authoring Studio 1.0 (QTVRAS); PTMac; and Realviz Stitcher v3, v4, v5, v5.1. For most of this time DeFish was an essential program (due to the IPIX patent) to allow the use of fisheye lens with panorama stitching programs.