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Rose Chomiak
Posted on Monday, August 05, 2002 - 10:33 am:   Edit PostDelete Post

Does the use of this program require a camera with a tripod?
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John Strait
Posted on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 8:18 am:   Edit PostDelete Post

The use of a tripod is not required by The Panorama Factory. In fact, many of the panoramas in The Panorama Factory's user's gallery were made without a tripod. Here are a few examples:

BUELL S3T Thunderbolt
Crossing the Potomac
Sydney in August 2000 (the quiet before the games)
Becca di Traversiere, m. 3300, Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Dutch beach near Scheveningen during stormy weather
Soccer Fair - S„o Paulo, Brazil

In any case, the camera should be held level, both side to side and front to back. It should rotate around the front nodal point of the lens and should rotate in a level plane.

The best way to meet these requirements is to use a tripod with leveling indicators and use a panoramic bracket to align the lensís front nodal point. For more information about panoramic photography technique, see Panoramic Photography Technique at panoguide.com.

A tripod may make it easier to get a good result. However, as shown by the sample photos, The Panorama Factory is forgiving of small variations in image alignment and is certainly capable of producing fine panoramas from handheld photographs.

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