Olympus Panoramic Instructions
Most Olympus cameras now provide panoramic functions. I've had great success using the included Olympus Viewer 2 software to produce pleasing panoramic pictures. Here are my steps for creating a good Panoramic on an Olympus camera:
Taking the pictures:
- Make sure you are shooting JPegs for the Pano! Raw will not work unless you first convert the RAW files to JPEgs, then stitch them in Olympus Viewer 2.
- Put it in Pano SCN mode and select PC stitching (if available).
- Hold the camera vertically for a horizontal pano (or vise-versa for a vertical pano). This is important to prevent the horizon from bowing (curving) and preventing distortion in the picture. You should ideally be over 50mm equivalent when framing. That's why I always use portrait mode so I can zoom in more, but still get in everything I want.
- Zoom in as much as possible and still get all the detail you want in the shot (leaving a bit of room for cropping)
Use the arrow keys on the controller to select the direction to pan. This should be UP or DOWN while holding the camera in portrait mode and doing a horizontal pano.
Take as many pictures as you need. You will take more because you are holding it vertically and because you have zoomed in.
End the pano mode.
Processing the pictures:
When back at the computer, load up Olympus Viewer 2 (free download from Oly's site). It will detect that the pictures are panos and IIRC it shows the numbers of the pano photos.
- If you shot the Pano in RAW, then first process into JPEGs.
You will then need to rotate them to get them to line up before trying to stitch since you took the horizontal pano in portrait mode. Otherwise Olympus Viewer gets confused.
If the correct photos aren't selected (I think if you only have one pano, it selects them all correctly), then select the photos you want.
Click on stitch.
Now you will have a highly detailed pano image.
Here are a couple of samples showing the final output.
This one was taken with my Olympus E520 on the way in to work one morning:
And this one was taken recently with my Olympus E-PM1 at the Oceanside Pier in California:
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