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5th August 2010, 06:46 AM
I use this a lot, but the yesterday the first 8 all stitch well colour ok, then the 9th the water changed and the 1oth was nearly all greenery. I was gradually panning around to the sun. Any ideas I've hopefully attached the photo

5th August 2010, 07:25 AM
Its a very small picture, so difficult to judge... However these are my standard rules for panoramas:

1: Manual focus. Set the focus in advance and then don't touch it.
2: Prime lenses are better, otherwise, don't touch the zoom :-)
3: Longer lenses are better unless you have sophisticated stitching software
4: Manual exposure: Set the exposure by the brightest part of the panorama.
5: Manual white balance.
6: About 25% overlap on each picture

This way you force the camera to take each image in an identical manner so they will be easier to stitch together. I usually stitch manually using Photoshop. I adjust the brightless using the levels slider, but this takes quite a lot of effort to get it spot on.

Even with this method you can have problems. I have a couple of lenses where the left and right edges of the image are very slightly different sizes or brightness. :mad:

Here is one I did a couple of years ago using this method.. this was about 7 shots. Mental note: Must upload a larger version of this now I know what the gallery size rules are...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/614/megapano2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/16723)


5th August 2010, 12:28 PM
Based on what I can see (it is rather small) there are obvious edges to some of the individual images. Use a proper stitching tool and this sort of thing will vanish. The tool in Photoshop CS4 is really good but I gather there are freebies out there too. Try Googling!