Panorama Stitching

The only retouch is to crop them out. Which may not be possible if they are in the scene. So the real alternative is to save up on my retirement funds buy that gimble from RRS.

Well, the Gimbal alone won’t give you the necessary nodal points. And there are limits, even for the best pano-stitching software, to bend back the plane view into a cylindrical view. I believe the lens corrections partly can work against the stitching software. It’s a fake reality and as such the glitches will become noticeable sooner or later.

George, why so many pictures ? Is it a challenge !
I have made many panoramas and I don’t feel the necessity of very great panos (gigapixels like Autopano could do).
Examples on this slideshow or this one from Himalaya
All pictures are shot handheld and no issue at stitching.

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It’s the picture you want. I used 70mm and I needed 33 images. It’s not that I wanted so many but it came out to be. I used 70mm on a D700 FF. It was also a challenge.
To be honest, I had it print on A1 but I don’t know what to do with it. :grinning:


I routinely use multishot techniques (panorama/piecerama, exposure bracketing, sometimes even focus stacks). In LR multishot is simple and high quality (though it would be better have single command for it instead of selection of two). It would be serious timesaver to have unified multishot ability within PL too, instead of having to fiddle them separately.

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The panorama function in Affinity Photo is good enough that I don’t miss one in PhotoLab. Manages to turn a ZV-E1 with 12 MP into a 77MP camera. This image is 30000px wide.

With panorama, it’s a multi-step process anyway for the photographer. First one must process the RAW files well and identically to create good material for the panorama, then one must do the panorama function.

Theoretically PhotoLab could take the processed RAWS and pre-process them and then build a panorama that one could rebuild after making changes. I don’t see how it would save a lot of time. Building the panorama directly out of RAW and allowing us to use local adjustments and repair tools on the intermediate image would use a tremendous amount of memory and create some issues with CPU usage as well.

Top end M1 Macs (Ultras with 128GB memory) could do this but it’s only about 10% of the PhotoLab computer park.

For convenience, it is hard to beat Lightroom / ACR to produce a usable result, with its ability to fill out sky / water etc.

If you want to play, then PTGui is still the best pro tool, but you are probably best feeding it with DXO-processed TIFFs for best results as its RAW process seems fairly rudimentary.

Yes. A very old one. It was about the only one way to do this cleanly at some time. :+1:

For cost it’s hard to beat Microsoft Image Composite Editor, which is free but hard to find, or Affinity Photo, which isn’t free but is dirt cheap compare to an Adobe subscription. Both of these applications also can autofill the edges of a panorama.

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The test I did with ICE and Affinity was won by ICE.
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