Need advice on taking and stitching panoramas

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Ken Barley Forum Member • Posts: 90
Need advice on taking and stitching panoramas
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I’ve rarely tried stitching panoramic shots in the past.

However recently had a subject that deserved it. Needless to say I botched it for lots of reasons. Fortunately I also took a panorama with my phone. After levelling and tweaking I quite like the results. [Although less ground and more sky would be better still!]

Worked out, using Google Maps, that approx 140 degrees from left to right

Studley Royal, Yorkshire

So I started a series of experiments on creating panos.

Shooting (on APS_C)

  • RAW
  • Manual exposure
  • No Filters
  • Use autofocus on selected point to set focus then swap to manual focus.
  • Handheld as rarely use tripod
  • Tried with 28mm prime, 35mm prime and 17-70mm zoom
  • Normally 8 – 12 images with 50% overlap

Processing

Have tried photo merge in both Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom. Normal processing after merge.

The 35mm prime produced the best results

Preferred Lightroom as:

  • Easier to apply lens profiles before merge. [Could also standardise white balance.]
  • Outputs as DNG , which fits my workflow better than TIFF
  • Suspect that Lightroom output is slightly sharper – but looking at 100% view on a 15,000 * 4500 pixel image is pretty meaningless.

So some questions from those who know more

Would be nice to use a zoom for convenience and flexibility. But concerned about quality fall-off at edge of images. How much does a 50% overlap compensate? [My tests so far suggest Zoom is inferior to prime.]

Other than “use a tripod”, what am I missing?

Comments please

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