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I am great lover of big photo panoramas. And doing these as DIY projects is not too difficult: all that's required is a reasonably good digital camera, some know-how and a bit of software. I use two programs for this purpose, ICE from Microsoft (this is a quick and easy one) and autostitch (a little more complex but quite powerful).
As for the know-how, the most important rules are:
- Keep the camera in one horizontal (or vertical) line, as far as possible and practicable. A tripod is not necessary but for those really wide (or high) panoramas it may help.
- Make sure there's enough overlap between the separate shots which will make up the panorama. I usually aim for at least 25% overlap, but especially for short focal lengths (ie wide angle shots) slightly more is even better.
- Try to produce even exposure levels. If the level of light changes gradually within four or five separate shots that's fine, but a big jump in brightness within just two shots will not produce the best results.
- Don't change zoom levels or your own position between shots.
- Leave enough background (sky etc) at the top and bottom (or left and right) on all shots to make sure that you will get an even panorama.
$updated from: Panoramas.htxt Wed 18 Apr 2012 16:02:45 thomasl (By Thomas Lauer)$