Part 6 covered how to capture walk synths. This part focuses on tips for panorama synths. (Want a quick start? Check out Part 1.)
Most photo enthusiasts are already familiar with the idea of a panorama. You stand in one spot while trying to keep the nodal point of the camera in one location, and you capture shots that get stitched together into a seamless, wide-angle experience. Indeed, Photosynth has supported these stitched panoramas since 2010.
The new Photosynth engine is not a stitcher however. So while you can upload frames suitable for stitching in the new Photosynth Technology Preview, you will get a photo-by-photo viewing experience, not a wide-angle stitch. Here’s an example below.
Christopher Hoff Memorial Show by David-Photosynth-Team
What is truly compelling about panoramas in the new technology is that you can use parallax if you’re in the right location and you shoot correctly. Check out this amazing forest panorama.
mossybranches PS2 pano. Nook Trail Washington by dustywings
Note how it has real 3D—the foreground really does move in front of the background!
To take a panorama for the new Photosynth Preview, stand in one spot and rotate the camera around you, making sure to get lots of overlap between your photos. Shoot in landscape mode, and at a wide focal length.
How can you make sure that the panorama synth you are capturing takes advantage of parallax?
One final word about these two kinds of panoramas: At present, you can’t control which type of panorama the Photosynth cloud processor creates. If it detects parallax in all of the frames, it will attempt to create a parallax panorama. If it doesn’t, you’ll get a flat panorama. Here’s an example that ended up as a flat panorama even though there was parallax in almost all of the frames.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel by idoMS
We intend to make this more controllable in the future.