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The Nodal Point - part 1

Posted 01-05-2008 at 01:26 PM by Frank Lopes (Panorama Mania)
Updated 01-06-2008 at 05:07 PM by Frank Lopes

When I started shooting panos, I noticed that some of my assembled images did not quite align properly.

It was not the camera, the software, or, I thought, the technique used. In all cases I was shooting using the same camera and the software was the same.

Assuming it was the software that was doing a lousy job, I experimented with all packages that were available. At one time I had six different trial packages installed...

The problem "stitches"...
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Odds & Ends

Posted 01-03-2008 at 08:35 AM by Frank Lopes (Panorama Mania)
Updated 01-07-2008 at 06:19 AM by Frank Lopes

As anything else in life, there are degrees of proficiency in the panoramic capture realm.

There are panorama photographers that dabble in the hobby and then there are Panorama Photographers that via the techniques employed and technologies used take the art of pano capture to whole new level.

These are some of the more interesting items that I've come across recently.


The Cube

The wildest looking tripod head I've seen in a long time,...
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Something different

Posted 12-30-2007 at 01:45 PM by Frank Lopes (Panorama Mania)

One of my first vertical black & white panos.

A larger size pano is here

Any comments?
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Focal length issues in pano shooting

Posted 12-24-2007 at 09:43 AM by Frank Lopes (Panorama Mania)
Updated 12-24-2007 at 10:03 AM by Frank Lopes

Since I shoot with Nikon cameras, most of these lens references are based on my personal experiences with Nikon equipment. The general concepts however apply to any manufacturer.


The focal length of a camera lens is the distance between the center of the lens and the film/sensor when an in-focus image is formed of an object far away.

This fact causes the angle of view of the camera to be inversely proportional to the focal lens. Another way to look at it is: the...
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Panoramic Cameras

Posted 12-22-2007 at 02:10 PM by Frank Lopes (Panorama Mania)

Myself and 99.99% of pano photographers, use what I would call normal cameras. Point and Shoot, DSLR, rangefinder, are the more common types of cameras.

For the professional and serious pano enthusiasts, there is another very different type of camera that comes into play: panoramic cameras.

These are highly specialized cameras, most of them expensive, that are designed from the ground up to do one thing and one thing only: shoot panoramas.

I have never owned...
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