If you like doing pano’s and in the digital age who doesn’t, this is, in my opinion, the best stitching program. Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor (ICE) is from Microsoft’s – Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group – AND it is free!
From a recent shoot I had both vertical and horizontal images to stitch and with just a little adjustment to the program I ended up with images that I could not have gathered going to a wider lens and possible distortion. The issue, for this shoot, was having just 2 lens for the cameras given the terrain covered so again this became part of my kit knowing I could shoot for a pano and then make it happen on the computer.
I publish Exploring Ohio online photo magazine and try to get around the state to show off fun places for families to travel to and enjoy. Rockbridge State Nature Preserve has a unique rock structure that faces an interesting waterfall when the weather is wet and the water runs.
The photographic problem, even with a Nikon 24mm lens, is showing the environment to include the rock bridge and the waterfall from top to bottom. Stitching from left to right with a horizontal image is normal and in most instances simple to do. But going from top to bottom can be a problem. ICE with a great set of support tools to adjust the images and stitching engine the final image looks great with little effort!
Check out the above link, download and enjoy, have some fun.
Finished image on the left after adjusting the vertical overlap.
Horizontal images stitched from top to bottom.
For the image on the left with a wide lens distortion becomes an issue. Ended up with a correct perspective. On the right keeping a correct perspective without bowing the gentle curves of the hillside.
Nikon has just updated it’s app Snapbridge for iOS and Android. Full control of certain camera’s like the D850 that have WiFi or Bluetooth. Check out the link below for more details.
After upgrading to Win10 I have found a few bumps along the way but most of them have been little and solved. Win10 is actually very likable.
On my road trip, We The People 2013 – www.wethepeople2013.us – I used my Asus ROG laptop as my mobile lab for ingesting still and video files and then editing them. For the video from my Nikon D800 I get MOV files and I would use the MS Movie Maker program to get a quick edit done and posted to YouTube.
After the move to Win10 and keeping the Movie Maker program, part of the Windows Live Essentials package that was not updated for Win10, I find the program will not open MOV files anymore. Sad…
I did find this link, http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-MOV-File-to-an-MP4, from wikiHow that explained you could just change the extension of the file from a .MOV to a .MP4! Really… So I did a basic copy/paste in the same folder, got a COPY added to the file name and then changed the extension. Works like a charm and the ‘new’ files open in Movie Maker just fine.
Hope this is helpful to someone else, have a good one…
Interesting day. Tried to interview/shoot the marijuana clinic in Egg Harbor, NJ today. They seemed to be PR’ed out, so on to the next thing.
Mounted the GoPro’s on Big Blue and cruised down Pacific Ave @ Atlantic City. Lots of walk-overs to the casinos, will be interesting to see the take. Also been GoPro’ing most of the bridges that I’ve driven over. Golden Gate, Mississippi River bridge @ Vicksburg, Ben Franklin @ Philly, Chesapeake Bay bridge/tunnel and various others. Did 4 or 5 @ Pittsburgh.
Night shots with the GoPro’s on the Ben Franklin was interesting. The high mounted GoPro looked great with very little noise, but the low mounted/front of car GoPro had lots of noise. Not sure if it’s a metering difference or something not quite right with the front/low mount.
Got to go to the bridge on the ferry from Cape May to Delaware today. Used the 16mm full frame fisheye on the D800, not too bad distortion. Allowed me to show all of the bridge and keep the recording levels up with the Rode’s mic. The ferry was pitching a bit and as I hurried up the last set of steps to the bridge I caught my toe on the top step. OUCH.. lots of damage to me and as we discuss in photo classes to the students, KEEP the lens shades on the lenses. Camera’s are fine, me not so much. Maybe I should mount a lens shade on me somewhere.
Packing and un-packing is so much fun, plus everything that needs charging, ingest images, reformat, etc… whine, whine, wine?