PANO-WEB-HDR Presentation – Phillip Island Weekend Away

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I gave a short presentation during the weekend and demonstrated different techniques and equipment.

Handheld Capture of  Wide Panorama:

Mount a wide angle lens and hold your camera in Portrait orientation.

Set Manual mode, f/8 to f/11 set to 1m manual focus, RAW + JPEG

Decide suitable shutter speed for hand holding and scene requirements (light conditions, moving objects) and set that.

Set ISO 400 in daytime, ISO 800 late afternoon, ISO 1600 as light fades – as a starting point.

Hold up viewfinder to the eye and meter the scene.

You now have sharp hyperfocal focusing & correct shutter speed.

Your only remaining decision is what ISO is required to expose correctly.

Adjust the ISO, put one foot forward and plant it under the lens front edge (don’t forget to water it so that it takes root), line up one of the graticule lines with the horison, capture the image.

Rotate to the right around your front foot, making sure that you have at least 25% overlap, capture the next frame. Continue until you have covered the scene.

Stitch with PTGUI PRO or Photoshop (if you really enjoy pain)

Equipment that I always take when flying or hiking:

Ultralight Carbon Fibre Ttravel tripod Gitzo Traveller GT1540T

Compact light ball head Giotto MH1001

Gitzo G2285M quick release adaptor & camera plates

Gitzo GS5370LC long quick release plate

I then demonstrated how you could rapidly jury rig your own pano head using this gear, some rigid foam cut to shape and a roll of duct tape to mount your wide angle lens in portrait orientation.

Best Pano Gear for Quick and accurate capture: 

Then I demonstrated proper pano gear like this, which facilitates very fast capture of 4 frames at 90° with -7.5° tilt back so that Zenith is captured, leaving only a small hole in the floor (Nadir):

Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1 compact pano head

Sigma 8mm fisheye lens

Canon 7D

Use a wireless remote trigger so that you avoid camera shake and can include yourself in the image. I use a $50 Yongnuo RF-603C from Sam Sheppard at Borge’s Imaging.

With this gear a 4 frame panorama captured at 90° click-stops (exposure brackets according to the lighting conditions) covers 360° horisontal by 170° vertical. Only the hole in the floor where the tripod stood was not captured.

Best Pano Gear for Full Frame capture: 

I also like to use this gear list, which facilitates very fast capture of 6 frames at 60° with 0° tilt back, leaving only a small hole in the Nadir (floor) and Zenith (ceiling/ sky):

Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1 compact pano head

Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens

Canon 5DMkIII

It is very easy to clone in the zenith and nadir but often these are of little interest and for such cases I may purely restrict the view so that the viewer cannot look up and down.

Best Universal Pano Gear for Full Frame capture and light travel kit:

Nodal Ninja 3V2 compact pano head which can handle a wide range of lenses:

8-15mm fisheye, 17-40mm, 28mm, 50mm, 24-70 & 24-105mm Rectilinear lenses

Canon 5DMkIII

This gear is light and portable and can create full 360×180° panoramas from 90 Mpx up to Gigapixel size.

If anyone has questions or specific needs I will be happy to demonstrate for you and recommend gear for your specific requirements.


Creating an HDR image from a single frame:

A low contrast (flat) image of a boat captured on a hazy day from a moving ferry was examined for content

The image was then loaded into PTGUI PRO 5 and tone mapped to reveal a much more striking image.

Most Boring Image In The World

Actually not, but I hesitate to name the candidate for this prize. I revealed “The Beast”, a brutishly heavy Manfrotto 303SPH pano head which was used together with a 200mm lens to capture a 400Mpx pano on Phillip Island, 3 rows at 5° click stops. Due to it’s size, this image can only be practically viewed as a web panorama. The output tiles and viewing engine are created by KRPANO tools. Click the full-screen icon to view the pano.


Google Views Panoramas:

I then demonstrated the ideal platform for showing off your panos for free on the map using Google Views

These four pano frames cover 360° and have the location data inserted into the exif then uploaded to views


The result is an online pano with 50Mpx resolution which puts you on the map like this

Views: Tokatoka Peak NZ by Barney Meyer
Posted by Barney