Panorama Shots

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2007

The Canon G3 like most compact digital cameras has a panorama feature which allows you to align the next shot in the sequence with part of the previous image.

Ideally, you’d want to use a tripod to ensure the most accurate results, but good results can still be achieved with hand held shots. Obviously, the more images that make up the panorama, the greater the likelihood of getting the alignment out, but with a steady hand good results can still be achieved with five or more images.

The following image is a hand held eight stitch shot. It was very cold and windy, so it was hard to get really good alignment, but the Canon Photostitch software really does a very good job at matching the join points. However, the join points are still quite obvious when you view the large version, particularly the far right hand image.

Queenstown Panorama

Another factor that is sometimes hard to control (particularly on wide panoramas) is the difference in exposures due to the angle of the sun. The best way to compact this is to manually adjust the light levels of the individual images. In the above image I was a bit lazy as I really should have adjusted the last image on the right, but as the shot was more to record the snow conditions, I wasn’t too bothered by it.

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