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50421Re: New Guy Getting Started

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  • Erik Krause
    Jul 2, 2011
      Am 02.07.2011 01:11, schrieb markgambier:
      > New to the group here and looking for some tips on getting started.


      > - Which stitchware do people recommend for a novice photographer/pano
      > maker? This is going to be a hobby, not a profession. But I don't
      > want to work with dated, low-level software that lacks some decent
      > capabilities and features either.

      If you are going to stitch spherical panoramas you are limited to a
      small number of programs: hugin, PTGui, autopano pro and Autodesk
      Stitcher are the main ones. I guess most members here use hugin and PTGui.

      > - What is the best number of photos to take and at what angle to make
      > a good 360 x 360 spherical pano?

      There is nothing like a 360°x360° spherical. 360° by 180° define a
      sphere completely. The number of images you need depends on the used
      lens and camera. The best tradeoff between number of images and final
      resolution you get with a fisheye lens which covers the full frame of
      your particular camera. This would be about 10mm focal length for a
      APS-C sized DSLR or about 15mm for a full frame DSLR. There are fisheye
      adapters for compact cameras as well.

      > - I want to shoot the inside of a 60' by 30'room with a 12' ceiling.
      > Do I just need to make sure there is plenty of overlap from side to
      > side and top to bottom for each picture?

      You need to use a well set up spherical panorama head (a pan-tilt head)
      in order to shoot all images from the same point (called the
      no-parallax-point). Otherwise you get parallax between adjacent images
      which will give you a hard time stitching the images or render the
      result even completely unusable.

      > - Is some stitchware better for spherical panos vs cylinder?

      There are numerous panorama stitchers but only the above mentioned are
      versatile enough to stitch all kinds of panoramas - including spherical.

      > Also, does anyone have any experience in 3D/anaglyph (red/cyan)
      > panos? I have a FujiFilm 3D Stereo W1 camera which is pretty much a
      > point and shoot and have seen 3D panos before. Think it would be fun
      > to make.

      3D spherical panoramas are a challenge, at least the stitched variant
      (Dorin has developped a way to use them stitchless). Definitely nothing
      for the beginner. But once you have managed to get reasonable results
      with normal sphericals you can find much knowledge here. Especially Wim
      Koorneef has a lot of experience.

      As a starting point perhaps you have a look at: http://wiki.panotools.org/

      A nice collection of tutorials can be found on
      and specifically for PTGui on

      Have fun
      Erik Krause
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