Actrurus

Actrurus

Lives in United Kingdom North Wales, United Kingdom
Works as a Consultant
Has a website at www.fachwen.org
Joined on Sep 5, 2004
About me:

Interested in panoramic images, creating these with my E-1, 7-14mm lens and 360 Precision head

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On article Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS (20 comments in total)

Update … had a quick play indoors, quite cute how the alignment help works. Stitching a complete sphere is possible. Saves an equirectangular image in your camera roll which you can use elsewhere. Meaning it doesn't force you to upload to Google, etc.

No control over the size of the final image though, will have to test some more outside. I'm assuming partial panos are possible too?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 09:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS (20 comments in total)

I use the built in pano feature of iOS quite a bit, but if I need greater height, say in a tight canyon or gorge I use "AutoStitch", which works really well and will stitch multi-row panos quite quickly there and then. Never as good as a proper 360 spherical rig, but good enough when out and about.

Will have a look at Photo Sphere and see how it compares.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 08:57 UTC as 2nd comment
In reply to:

Chu123: Pretty slick-- but does the camera lens rotate upon its nodal center? It doesn't seem so, hence the stitching errors. Maybe an adapter to move the iPhone lens over the center?

Autostich on the iPhone is my favourite stitching app on the device. Great for multi-row panoramas and reasonable quality too.

For single row where I just want a little wider shot I find the sweep pano function built into the phone very convenient. As it's a sweep there is no stitching involved.

Both these are just for casual panos when out and about. Main advantage is the finished pano can be uploaded somewhere pretty instantly.

As always, for real, full spherical 360 work you can't beat the tripod, pano head and fisheye lens on a DSLR - accurate stitching when back at the computer and HDR can be dome too.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 12:05 UTC
On article Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas (298 comments in total)
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dklimek: What is there in the way of bi directional panorama apps for iPhone? That is, an app where you can move the scene in both the vertical and horizontal direction to fill the field of the entire image you want to capture. I have played a little with the Photosynth app, but have not been terribly impressed by its stitching accuracy. Are there others out there?

I use 'AutoStitch' for multi-row panoramas where I need some vertical coverage as well as wide. Takes multiple images which are then stitched together. I find it quick and painless, has got better over the years too.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 17:24 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2072 comments in total)

I like the HDR function you didn't mention :-)

The camera can be setup to shoot up to 7 exposures with a 2ev increment - brilliant for me shooting HDR panoramas, no longer any need to adjust the shutter speed manually anymore!!! Now, will my Olympus Fisheye work with the adapter....

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 08:26 UTC as 257th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5/FT5 (74 comments in total)

My DMC-FT2 is now badly corroded, I wouldn't buy another waterproof Panasonic for this reason. The rear case, where there is any edge to the alloy, is corroded, especially around the buttons and dials. Still works though, but looks ugly. Out of warranty, so Panasonic not interested in helping out.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2013 at 09:23 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article The GigaPan EPIC Pro (42 comments in total)

Massive overkill for 'normal' panoramas'. I always thought it's main application was for super detailed panoramas where you use a telephoto lens rather than a wide angle and then shoot 100's of images resulting in a massively high resolution final image. The auto/motorised solution then becomes fairly practical or useful, I guess.

Also - why bother with their software? The industry standard, PTGui Pro, is a mature and well regarded tool, copes well with any unintentional tripod movement too.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2013 at 15:46 UTC as 15th comment
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Imagefoundry: whoever reversed the mouse dragging direction on this panorama needs to seek medical attention. Help is out there, bud.

It's not reversed, it's the original 'proper' QTVR way of scrolling panoramic images; Google do it the 'wrong' way on their street view ;-)

You can always use the cursor keys on your keyboard and zoom with Shift and CTRL if you prefer. Shame it's not HTML 5 though, why use Flash these days?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 17:14 UTC
In reply to:

John Driggers: @actrurus,
So does this mean that the Toshiba card doesn't automatically push the photos to your wireless device?

How do you get the photos on to your wireless device (instead of just browsing what's on the camera? Do you have to select and download each one that you want?

That's right, no push. So you have the option to save from the web browser, which is one at a time of course; this would be fine for my needs.

I like things simple! As it's a standard web service setup on the card I don't need any proprietary software at the other end of the link, also means anyone I let in on the password can browse the images as well on their device. If you need push then the eyefi card might be better?

On my smartphone I've download a free app from Olympus (which seems to talk to any wifi device, not just an Olympus camera). It's great in that it allows me to select a load of images as thumbnails and import as a batch, which in my case I wouldn't really do that often.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 18:54 UTC

I have just bought the Toshiba 8gb wifi card and it works fine. Just switch the camera on and connect to the card from any wifi enabled device and browse the photos on the card with any web browser.

I plan on using it in my waterproof compact when I am on holiday on sea-kayaking trips. I will then be able to easily copy some photos from the camera into my smartphone and post them to friends, etc without using a laptop, which wouldn't fit into our kayaks anyway!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2013 at 10:52 UTC as 4th comment
On article Scientists demonstrate 'paint-on' batteries (108 comments in total)
In reply to:

(unknown member): Interesting developments, and I can see a lot of uses for them, not only for photography.
If these fixed internal batteries mean there is going to be a universal way to charge them, I would really welcome it. My problem with batteries isn't so much the shape, but their incompatability and the fact they all need different chargers.
I do a lot of trekking, carrying 2 camera's, a GPS device and a cell phone, with usually very few opportunities to recharge, and the weight&volume of all the extras I have to carry around to keep them all juiced up I have to take is the limiting factor.

I would love to see a future where every device has its internal power, and that you'd only have to carry one single charger device (solar and/or batteries) that connects to all of them.

I use a Power Gorilla on all of my wilderness sea-kayaking trips, works really well!!

https://powertraveller.com/iwantsome/primatepower/powergorilla/

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2012 at 08:35 UTC
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rec818: It's funny...most people have 2 year contracts with their phones. So, I guess since we're all focusing (no pun intended) on cameras! I can see it now...spend extra money for a nice image and forget all about phone calls and music and texting and everything else that smartphones are capable of. It's all designed to make you spend and collect gadgets! In ten years...everyone will have 5 great hi-tech devices in their junk drawer and each and every one of them will STILL be able to make a phone call or snap a picture! At the moment, I still use a CAMERA and a PHONE. It's good to be able to take a pic with your communication devise, but, for weddings,NASCAR,architecture, and hi-end pro results....my Canon still goes BOOM!

Not sure about 'most people have 2 year contracts'.

In my neck of the woods 'most people' seem to be buying their phones unlocked and sim free with no contract and then shopping around for very good sim only deals for the phone and data connection. Total cost of ownership compared to signing up to a 2 year contract can be quite competitive.

I find it very useful to own my own phone and being able to change my provider whenever I want to. Also means when a new phone comes out you can immediately sell your phone and get a new one if you wish. No hanging around for some arbitrary 2 year contract to come to an end.

Of course, I don't have to 'upgrade', personally I'd be very happy to use my current smart phone for a very long time.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2012 at 08:32 UTC
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