If you plan your panoramic shot sequences just a bit, there are some great Open Source tools that will help you to stitch the photos together into a single panoramic image. Here’s a great tutorial on using Hugin and Autopano in Ubuntu to automate the alignment, correct for lens distortion at the seams, and adjust exposure levels.
I keep seeing these commercials for Windows Vista and their new panoramic photo maker. Knowing how the Linux hacker scene is, anything that someone makes there is almost guarenteed to be a Linux project to make something close. Well guess what, there is a really easy way to make panoramic photos from multiple still shots in Ubuntu! Further, not only am I going to tell you how to do this, I will show you with some shots of my own.
I’ve actually used these same tools on the Windows side as well, but getting everything installed and set up is a breeze in Ubuntu. The tools correct for a lot, but for best results it always seems to work better for me if I use a tripod and set everything to all-manual so that the photos don’t have any major exposure or perspective differences.
Do you have any recommendations for producing the best panoramic photos?
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I use Hugin on the Mac and it’s a fantastic tool. From my experience, there’s no perfect tool for stitching panoramics. I tend to stitch mine using both Hugin and Photoshop CS3 and use the one that matches the frames best.
All you really need to know:
at least if you are a windows user.
I have used hugin for some time now, making pano pics up to 25K pixels wide! it works well, and the preview lets you see rough spots that can be smoothed out using more control points.
A tripod isnt a “must” for me, but manual settings are. My newer cam has manual focus too, and I find that can help a lot.
You get much better results if you use one of these.
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