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  • Rich says:

    Nice pictures! Do you use any special equipment to take these, like the pano heads from RRS? I have tried taking panos and merging them in photoshop, but I usually get this weird curvature to my panos when I try to merge more than two photos.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Thanks for your comments! At this point, I don’t use any special equipment. As I said, I’m new to shooting panoramas and am quickly learning. All of these shots above are handheld, but I can see how a tripod and pano head would help, especially when using wide angle lenses. With the wider lenses, you can run into linear distortion problems if the lens isn’t perfectly level, and if you include alot of foreground or if you don’t rotate the camera on a consistent axis, perspective distortion will give you curved horizons across multiple frames and unworkable pano images.

    Sometimes Photoshop is able to successfully merge these kinds of shots, as with my middle row left image, that has a very curved horizon. However, I’ve had many that didn’t end up working. Sometimes by trying again at a different resolution and image size, for some reason, PS ends up being able to stitch the shot successfully. Keep trying!

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