More pano testing…

As I continue with various software programs to test pano quality, I tried another application today, and the results were actually pretty good considering.  I used the native PhotoMerge function from my Photoshop Cs3 Extended, and I must say that as far as panos go, the results are nice.  The native functionality adds a shorter workflow for when you need to clean up minor details (since you are already in PS), and no worrying about control points.  The downside is that you are going to lose a little more in post production cropping simply because Photoshop can’t match all the control points that dedicated panorama programs can.  Nevertheless, it was a fun exercise.

For those of you that read my previous post that had panoramas in it (“The Moment it…Oops”) you’ll notice this is a different picture, and in all fairness, I should note that this had more images in it, and I was using a different lens during capture.  But, when I get down to the nitty gritty and review all the programs side by side, it will be the same image.  This one was from our recent Denver Photo Walk group outing to RMNP that I had talked about last Friday here on the blog.  Thoughts, comments, feedback and critiques are always welcome, and since the blog doesn’t really work well with displaying panoramas, if you click the photo below, you’ll be taken to a full (web size anyway) image where you can see all the details!  Enjoy! 🙂

RMNP Panorama

Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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5 comments for “More pano testing…

  1. March 10, 2010 at 6:39 am


    I took some pano shots in the fall.. when I got it stiched together (using Adobe Elements 6) it was very small to see. I think my originals were 7 shots horizontally. This is not the 1st time this has happened to me.. what am i doing wrong?

    • March 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Burt’s reply below is a pretty good one and what I would have suggested the same. You can increase the size by scrolling in. If you want to see the full size, you would have to decrease the resolution to the point where the monitor can display the entire pano across the screen. Since most monitors are only 1028 or 1280 wide, that means reducing the width to one of those in order to see a full size view without having to scroll left and right.

  2. MariaV
    March 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I would also like to know your response to Thom’s question. Would having more shots make a difference?

  3. Burt
    March 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Thom – your problem is that the image is being reduced in size on the screen so that the entire horizontal image can be seen. The result is that the height is reduced to the point of not being usable.

    That reduction is only the default view though. Zoom in (command +) and you will see tons of detail in the image. My Canon 5D MK II would give me a 7 image pano of 39,000 X 3700 pixels, or 147 MB image. In normal preview, it looks tiny. Zoom in though and it is massively huge.

    Of course, all that assumes you did not make the pano with the trial version of some programs that restrict the output size.

  4. March 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Thanks to all for the response. It makes sense now..

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