Shooting and Processing Panoramas

Using Photosynth for panoramic photography


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Shooting and Processing Panoramas

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Video: Using Photosynth for panoramic photography

A fun thing you could do with your phone is capture an interactive panoramic photo that you want to share. One app that's great at this is called Photosynth from Microsoft. And it allows you to capture the environment and then easily share it to social networks. Let's just go ahead and launch it. Now, Photosynth is going to have you doing a very strange looking dance with your camera as you turn and twist and rotate to capture the whole scene. But doing it is pretty easy. So we just go ahead and frame up the shot to start, and I tap the screen.
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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      35s
    3. Using the exercise files
      29s
  2. 2m 25s
    1. The end product
      1m 20s
    2. The objectives
      1m 5s
  3. 6m 24s
    1. Determining a target delivery size
      1m 5s
    2. What is field of view?
      1m 48s
    3. What is the nodal point?
      2m 33s
    4. Postprocessing choices for panoramic photography
      58s
  4. 8m 47s
    1. A solid tripod for panoramic photography
      1m 22s
    2. Choosing a tripod head
      2m 52s
    3. Lens choices for panoramic photography
      2m 14s
    4. Compensating for the nodal point
      2m 19s
  5. 4m 59s
    1. Shooting source images in JPEG format
      1m 49s
    2. Shooting source images in RAW format
      1m 21s
    3. Stitching in camera
      1m 49s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Leveling the camera platform
      2m 17s
    2. Cleaning the lens
      3m 28s
    3. Locking exposure and focus
      1m 58s
    4. Shooting with overlap
      1m 50s
    5. Minimizing camera shake
      1m 43s
    6. A refresher on the exposure triangle
      3m 5s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. What is GigaPan?
      1m 46s
    2. Building the GigaPan platform
      2m 39s
    3. Framing and recording the shot with the GigaPan system
      4m 25s
  8. 5m 18s
    1. Why shoot an HDR panorama?
      1m 22s
    2. Setting up for the shot
      2m 27s
    3. Shooting the source images
      1m 29s
  9. 11m 49s
    1. Shooting a 360-degree panorama
      4m 20s
    2. Shooting handheld
      2m 6s
    3. Shooting panoramas using an iPhone
      1m 11s
    4. Using Photosynth for panoramic photography
      2m 59s
    5. Using 360 Panorama from Occipital for panoramic photography
      1m 13s
  10. 5m 47s
    1. Using a card wallet
      1m 8s
    2. Transferring data
      3m 22s
    3. Choosing a working drive
      1m 17s
  11. 8m 40s
    1. Using stacks in Adobe Bridge
      3m 35s
    2. Renaming and renumbering image sequences
      5m 5s
  12. 31m 30s
    1. Basic exposure with Camera Raw
      7m 10s
    2. Advanced recovery with Camera Raw
      7m 26s
    3. Reducing noise with Camera Raw
      3m 24s
    4. Removing dust with Camera Raw
      7m 2s
    5. Choosing a bit depth
      2m 21s
    6. Compensating for lens distortion
      4m 7s
  13. 1h 18m
    1. Initiating the Photomerge command from Bridge
      1m 29s
    2. Initiating the Photomerge command from Photoshop
      1m 47s
    3. Initiating the Photomerge command from Lightroom
      4m 16s
    4. Choosing an alignment method
      4m 37s
    5. Compensating for lens distortion
      7m 19s
    6. Blending the photos
      2m 51s
    7. Post-merge cleanup
      5m 44s
    8. Using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter to remove distortion
      4m 4s
    9. Merging the 360-degree panoramic photo
      10m 16s
    10. Merging the HDR panoramic photo
      13m 44s
    11. Merging the GigaPan panoramic photo
      5m 38s
    12. Using Photoshop filters to enhance panoramas
      3m 18s
    13. Using third-party filters to enhance panoramas
      9m 36s
    14. Additional third-party filters to enhance panoramas
      3m 49s
  14. 13m 36s
    1. Using the Photo Filter adjustment layer
      2m 5s
    2. Refining shadows and highlights
      4m 8s
    3. Improving contrast in panoramic photos
      2m 29s
    4. Adjusting vibrance in panoramic photos
      1m 26s
    5. Converting panoramas to black and white
      3m 28s
  15. 24m 40s
    1. Should you flatten a panorama?
      2m 47s
    2. Cropping a panoramic photo to a target size and resolution
      5m 23s
    3. Saving panoramas for printing
      3m 37s
    4. Saving panoramas for the web
      12m 53s
  16. 58s
    1. Goodbye
      58s

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Watch the Online Video Course Shooting and Processing Panoramas
3h 48m Intermediate Aug 09, 2013

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Do not let another breathtaking scene go undocumented. Learn how to capture wide landscapes using panoramic shooting techniques, whether you're using an iPhone or a professional DSLR. Rich Harrington explains general panoramic concepts, like field of view and nodal point, and then describes the technical details for getting great original shots: how to properly mount the camera on a tripod, how to overlap each shot, which lenses deliver best results, and more. Next, learn about optional hardware like the GigaPan system and sliders, and a variety of mobile apps for capturing 360 panoramas. Finally, come back into the studio to learn how to process the photos in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Choosing your gear
  • Compensating for the nodal point
  • Stitching in camera
  • Leveling the camera platform
  • Locking exposure and focus
  • Shooting with the GigaPan system
  • Shooting HDR panoramas
  • Shooting with an iPhone
  • Managing data from a panorama shoot
  • Reducing noise and removing dust with Camera Raw
  • Initiating the Photomerge command
  • Blending the photos
  • Refining highlights and shadows
  • Saving panoramas for print and the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom
Author:
Richard Harrington

Using Photosynth for panoramic photography

A fun thing you could do with your phone is capture an interactive panoramic photo that you want to share. One app that's great at this is called Photosynth from Microsoft. And it allows you to capture the environment and then easily share it to social networks. Let's just go ahead and launch it. Now, Photosynth is going to have you doing a very strange looking dance with your camera as you turn and twist and rotate to capture the whole scene. But doing it is pretty easy. So we just go ahead and frame up the shot to start, and I tap the screen.

And the green box indicates that it's recording. And now, I just start to pan and automatically, it's going to fill that in. So I can start to work around my environment, and it will automatically capture when it detects enough of an edge. Now, don't think about how you look, and hopefully the people watching you, aren't enjoying your weird, acrobatic dance capturing the environment, but the end results are pretty cool.

You'll notice that I'm trying pretty hard, to keep my arms at a constant length. And if you need to, you can manually invoke a capture by tapping the screen. I'm trying hard to keep the elbow bent at the same angle, keeping the camera at the same relative distance. And it looks like I got it. Let's just fill those in. And we'll do a little more with the sky.

And you can always invoke a "Manual Capture" by tapping the screen to fill in those holes. And when done, you click "Finish". Now, it takes a little bit of time as it stitches the panoramic photo. But you also have the option to add geographic information. The service will actually sync up with Microsoft search engine Bing and you could tag this with additional properties. Now I'm out here in the mountains so I don't have a great data connection, so I'm not going to bother downloading those details. But you could actually geotag the photo and add extra information about where the picture was taken.

Which can allow it to show up in search results if you'd like to share. All in all, it's pretty cool, and in just a second, it'll be done stitching. We can take a look at it. I'll tap Edit Properties, and I can give it a name. There we go. It tagged it with the date and time. So, now that it's done, I can actually take a look around, and just pan around it and zoom. Pinching to see things. Looks pretty cool. I can go ahead and click Done to store that or click Share and you got a couple of options. You can, of course, go to email or your camera roll but most interestingly, you can publish this out to Facebook or Twitter, or out to Bing Map so you can share it.

And this is a pretty cool piece of tech, made by Microsoft that I encourage you to check out.

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