What about using a laser level for an artificial horizon?
- Many times, shooting outdoors, there is no visible horizon
that can be used to level the pano later.
One way to deal with this is to drop a plum line in a few
center row shots and use that for a vertical reference for
leveling. But wind will always make that hard to do -- and
there's always wind.
So I was thinking of shooting the laser from a laser level
in one or two or three shots of the center row and using
that as a horizon. The replacing that image later with
an image shot right afterward in the same place
Before I go buy one to try it out, I wonder what you all think?
I'll bet that some of you have already done this. Would it be visible enough?
And the big question -- does it work?
- Ken Warner wrote:
> [sigh] i mention monopods just to provoke your imagination. TripodsRight - I wasn't suggesting an anchor image as part of the stitch.
> also can move out of alignment during the shoot and as I have described
> in other posts, shooting an anchor image is not always either
> guaranteed to work or practical.
It you take a photograph with the camera level,
you have a measure of the angle of the scene w.r.t gravity.
If you like, the base edge of the image *IS* a reference level.
After that, the camera/tripod can do what it likes.
Since the orientation of some parts of the scene is a "known"