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Topic: Improve Panorama

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kris2 (Over 1 year ago)
The best app that I have so far on my iPhone. Just wished the stitching would come out slighly better especially on close proximity moving objects. Wondering what frustrates you guys with this exhilerating yet can do better app. I'm thinking of collecting your views and sending it off to the developers. Take the short survey if you guys can spare the time. Appreciate it.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TLNTTJR
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Kris, just out of curiosity, how do you handle the phone when you're taking panoramas? 

I think that a lot of people beginning to shoot panoramas hold the camera out at arms' length and turn it around them, but this is actually an incorrect technique for panoramas. The closer that objects are to the camera's lens, the more important it is that the camera's lens stay at the same point in the air while you move around the phone.

That said, I see where you're heading with using fisheye lenses to get a clean single shot capture. 

As a long time Photosynth user my feelings towards the panoramas, especially the mobile panoramas are mixed. I like that the mobile panorama app is so popular and I'm happy to see all the new contributions coming in, especially from Apple users, but panoramas aren't photosynths. Ultimately, Photosynth (the service)'s power is in connecting photography to each other, whether that be photo to photo, pano to pano, or photo to pano.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Speaking for myself, I would love to construct photosynths that were comprised of hundreds of panoramas (as opposed to the photosynths of 2008 through today which can be comprised of hundreds of photos from different locations) - and for that I would absolutely rather have a lens and software that captured semi-spherical or full spherical shots in a single capture, rather than needing to take 30+ photos at each location for each pano. 

That said, even if single capture panoramic lenses become standard fare in mobile computing devices so that stitching panoramas becomes a thing of the past, the image tracking tech that is being used in the Photosynth mobile panorama app will still come back to play as geotagged photography becomes widespread enough that you can point your camera at the world around you and track what your lens sees against all public uploaded geo-registered photography (whether it is panoramic photography or not).
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
If the discussion we're having comes down to, "Do you prefer taking multiple photos and then stitching them into a panorama or, on the other hand, snapping a whole panorama in one click (by using a panoramic lens), just like you currently capture a whole photo in one click?", then I agree that the single click capture is preferable in terms of avoiding stitching errors. 

Certainly creative people can do clever things like have a person pose multiple places in the panorama by posing at different places around the photographer as you turn around the camera, but that is somewhat beside the point.

I suppose that I just wanted to point out that if people do not yet have a panoramic lens yet and are not planning to get one in the near future, then they should realize that they can get much better results by keeping the camera in one place while capturing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XYSJPbwBT4 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svVq7dx_pDY
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
When you are taking photos to create a photosynth on the desktop, instead of a panorama, you actually shoot very differently than when taking photos for panoramas.

You can read about shooting for 3D reconstruction here: http://bit.ly/shootingforreconstruction

On iPhone, you can use the free unofficial iSynth app ( http://bit.ly/isynth ) to view photosynths.
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