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Panorama Notes

Photographing

The panoramas are based on digital images from a Kodak DC-240 camera. I use the exposure lock

For what it's worth, I have not taken any steps to ensure that my camera is rotating about the "nodal point." I've left that for another day.

Stitching

After  trying out a number of programs and reading as many on-line reviews as I could find, I purchased  Panavue Image Assembler. The program is relatively easy to use, but also very flexible.

I have not really presented any "full sized" images here. These would be 960 pixels in height and correspondingly long and large. The files you see if you click the thumbs are the output from ImageAssembler's "preview" mode, which performs a quick, low-resolution stitch.

Viewing

The thumb nails are full-width images scaled to be 800 pixels wide. These present the pleasant rhythm of the full panorama-something not actually available in real life!

Clicking the thumbnail, you get the larger image, in a smaller window. This is more like what you would "see," and you can scroll along the image.

I have not used Quicktime or Livepicture because the results are not particularly pleasing--possibly because of the resampling performed to present "correct" image geometry as you rotate your point of view.

Links

I found a lot of helpful information at digitalkamera.de, where they have a Panorama Photography Workshop.

Jeff Ward, 16/12/00