Re: Mast Panoramas
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>It depends on what type of mast you'll be using and how you are going
> We've got a commision to take a 10m high pano, could anyone give me
> some advice or tips on how to take a pano on a mast 10m up? We've
> found a large photography mast to hire. What's the best way of
> shooting the ground?
to keep it upright.
If it's attached to a vehicle, like most larger types of masts are,
you'll have to move the car a bit and take an offset shot just like
you would with a tripod. That will give parallax problems with
If it's a hand-held type, like the pneumatic Clark mast I use myself,
you can make near perfect nadirs by tilting the camera down for just
two extra opposing shots after you've made the 360 series. This means
lowering the camera, adjusting the panohead, and extending the mast
again to take those nadir shots. Just stay behind the mast by rotating
with it, so you get two shots like this one:
Paint an alpha mask over the mast in Photoshop and use them in PTGui
(or your tool of choise) to fill the nadir hole. By taking two
opposing shots you will have all the material you need, AND it will be
Oh, and I do not agree with Willy that 30cm sway doesn't matter, it
does if you want a really good nadir. I try NOT to use the cloning
tool, and I think it shows. .... ehhh, make that I *hope* it shows :)
Good luck with your project!