No formal separation between "panoramic"
and "wide-angle" photography exists
Panoramic photography is made by taking a series of overlapping shots and using
digital cameras and special panoramic software to join and blend them together
creating panoramic photos seamlessly. You can shoot
anything from high-res non-distorted wide-angle shots to full 360 degree
A panorama made from stitching 4 images together
The panorama above was made using a program such as Canoscan a free program from
Canon, while many of the newer digital cameras will stitch images together right
inside the camera
As no formal separation between "panoramic" and "wide-angle" photography exists, "wide angle" typically refers to a particular lens type , although this type of lens does not necessarily create a panorama. A wide panoramic image is made using a digital camera with almost any wide camera lens, a tripod and some sort of stitching program.
A 360 degree virtual panorama is typically made by using a
fisheye lens encompassing a typical 1:1.33 film frame, however a photo from a fisheye lens is not automatically a panorama. To create a 360 degree you need a fisheye lens, a tripod, a specially designed panoramic head to mount on a tripod, a
An image containing a viewing field close to, or in excess of the field of a human eye - approximately 160° by 75° - even be expressed as a panorama. This generally implies that an image containing a 2:1 aspect ratio or lmore, with the image dimensions at least double it's width as iit height. The
consequential images taking the shape of a wide rectangle. Some panorama images feature 4:1 aspect ratios of and occasionally 10:1, encompassing
fields of view as much as 360 degrees. Both the field coverage and the aspect ratio are significant factors in delineating true panorama image
gig pixel panorama images.
Fully immersive 360 degree panorama can be created from 4 shots taken with a full circular fisheye lens.
The panorama below was created using a Sigma 8mm fisheye on an APS-C camera, and
taking four shots resulting in the images below (greatly reduced here to fit on
the page), then using a program called a stitcher resulting in the wide image
Photographers started vrtual tour panoramas for use in real estate, where it allows anyone on
the World Wide Web to thoroughly inspect a property. You can purchase the tools similar to the ones we use to create your own virtual tours.
Click an image below for virtual tours shot with the Sigma 10-22mm lens and subsequently stitched together using 3D Vista Stitcher
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Sep 23, 2011