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panoramic with 7D

How many people are shooting hybrid - stills and video - with the DLSRs?

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Posted: Tue, 25th May 2010, 1:49pm

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Toruk Macto

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Hey guys,

I was just wondering if there was a way to shoot panoramic stills with the 7D? Or should I just take three photos and comp them 2gether in Photoshop?

Cheers to this forum,

Posted: Tue, 25th May 2010, 3:29pm

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As far as I know there isn't a way to autostitch them in the 7D. You'll have to take several pictures and stitch them together in software.

A few tips for taking panoramas:

    • Shoot vertically, not horizontally. It means a few more shots, but it gives you much greater latitute as far as being able to crop the height, which is always where you lose data when merging a panorama. This may seem counter-intuitive when you are trying to create an image that is much wider horizontally than it is tall, but it really helps.

    • Keep plenty of overlap. At least 25% of your image should overlap with the previous image, to ensure the software has enough data to correctly align them.

    • Use manual focus and exposure. You camera auto-adjusting to compensate for different lighting from one angle to the next can really mess up your efforts. And especially if there are any foreground images involved, autofocus shifting can also give you grief.

    • Pan from left to right. It doesn't really matter which way you pan, but if you pan left to right, then the images will fall in proper sequence when you import them on your computer. So it is quite easy to see which images are part of the panorama sequence.

    • Use a tripod if possible. If you don't have a tripod, keep your elbows tight to your body and your feet close together. Then stand facing the first angle of your panorama, and slowly turn from the waist as you pan. Take 3 or 4 shots, then reset your feet to be pointing in your current direction. Just spin them a bit, without taking them off the ground or moving. Repeat until you have covered the entire area of your panorama.
Posted: Tue, 25th May 2010, 4:01pm

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Toruk Macto

Force: 55 | Joined: 21st Jan 2010 | Posts: 201


thanks a lot man - great tips. +1