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Eddie Hardman
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Username: Mr_edd

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 3:09 am:   Edit PostDelete Post

I have been toying with the idea of getting a number of guys together to take a long panorama of a street activity scene. My thinking is that if we can fire all the cameras at the same time we can freeze the action and so avoid ghosting of individuals during the shot.

Has anyone else tried this and with what success?

The main issues seem to be coordinating the firing as well as making sure that all the lenses are set at the same focal length, aperture and shutter speed; that all are the same distance from the subject and the ISO are the same.

Can anyone suggest any other issues.

I belong to The Nikon Owners Club in the UK and this idea seems to have generated some interest; but has not yet happened.

The final print I envision to be about 3ft high and up to 12 to 20 ft long.

What do you guys think?

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David Richardson
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Post Number: 19
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 2:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

Edd -

I tried something similar, but with a single camera. From a cruise ship I shot a long series of shots of the shoreline and then tried stitching them. Ultimately the results worked best when I told PF that I was doing a document stitch. All in all the results were not what I was hoping for.

I like your idea and think it would be interesting to attempt. A couple of additional things to think about: The elevation of each camera should be the same. Unless the the entire shot is on a perfectly level street this will be a problem. Even with a pitch of just a few degrees the relative height of camera "A" to camera "Z" will cause your final image to end up with a lot of unwanted "white space". This actually turned out to be the biggest problem with my shooting from a ship, while I was using a tripod, and could not feel the motion very much, the roll of the ship caused the relative height of the images to be all over the place.

Next issue, the cameras should all be equidistant from each other so that there is a standard overlap between the images for stitching.

The final one (that I can think of for now) is that to do this properly, each camera must be at 90 degrees to the subject. What I mean here is that if you line up five cameras all at the same distance from the subject, if some of the cameras are rotated slightly (but still at the right distance) it could cause problems with the stitching.

Still, very intriguing project, I wish you luck, and hope that you send us a link to see the results sometime!



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