The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

Fun with Panoramas

Posted by Deliverator on March 18th, 2007

My brother took a bunch of panoramic pictures while on our recent trip to Mexico. His Canon Powershot SD600 digicam has a panoramic stitch mode which helps you create great panoramas by showing a portion of the each successive pic taken, so that you can ensure proper overlap and orientation. Most Canon cameras come with a piece of software called PhotoStich. I have never used it, but Ken Rockwell seems to like it. Scott ended up using a really neat piece of software called PTGui to create his panorams and then had one of them printed using an online photo printing company ez prints, which he assure me is the only service he found which will do panoramas. Short of buying a Epson R2400 (which can print roughly 13×44″ images), whats a guy to do?

Anyways, I didn’t want to be left out of all the fun, so I headed to Alki on a beautiful evening a few days ago and took a whole bunch of pictures of Elliot Bay and Seattle. I didn’t want to spend $80 on PTGui, so I started by playing around with Panorama Tools. This is the proverbial swiss army knife for anyone who wants to play with panoramic images, but the learning curve is really steep. If you value your money, but not your sanity, get Panorama Tools and expect to spend a few hours reading text files and forums. If you value your time, bite the bullet and get PTGui. It does a great job at auto-creating panoramas with drag and drop simplicity, but there is a lot of sophisticated tweaking for things like lens distortion and whatnot that you can access through the advanced modes. PTGui’s $80 sticker price may be a bit much to spend for special purpose software if you are a casual user, but I have encountered nothing easier and creating panoramas should be fun!

Click the image below to see some low res versions of the panoramas I took.

Panoramic Seattle